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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Rapture Redux: October 21, 2011
Just in case you forgot, in two days (Friday, October 21st) the world is supposed to end, at least according to Harold Camping, the biblical sage who predicted that a rapture would occur back in May. When it didn't, Camping argued that what really happened on the 21st of May was a "spiritual" Judgment Day that placed the entire world under Christ's judgment. According to Camping this spiritual judgment is to be followed by the end of the world on October 21, 2011 (to be fair: his original prediction was that the rapture would occur on the 21st of May but the end of the world would occur on the 21st of October -- so technically he has yet to be proven wrong). He did note, however, that because God's judgment and salvation were completed in May, there was no point in continuing to warn people about the world's end since all of us are now apparently destined for either heaven or hell, and there's nothing we can do about it. It will be interesting to see whether he will issue any statements on Saturday, explaining away why his predictions didn't come true this time...