May 21 Doomsday soothsayer Harold Camping's prediction has bombed, expectedly so. New Zealand’s Christmas Island was not hit by any earthquake even after the appointed time of the apocalypse passed the region.
It is official. It is Harold Camping, the leader of Christian radio network Family Radio, who ends with pie on the face. The LA Times reported that even after local time 6.P.M. passed the Christmas Island, no earthquake took place according to data from the U.S. Geological survey. Now atheists of the world can celebrate the busting of yet another end of the world prediction.
As of 10:30 p.m. PDT -- 7:30 p.m. May 21 on Christmas Island, also known as Kiritimati -- no earthquakes had been reported within the last hour and a half, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which tracks seismic activity worldwide, the report said.
New Zealand region yet to suffer destruction forecast by Oakland-based doomsday predictor, tweeted burntheartist Bernie B.
Sandra_A87 Sandra tweeted: It's 6:38pm Saturday in Wellington, New Zealand. #RaptureFail #HaroldCamping.
Someone else made some fun at the expense of the laughable prediction. Breaking News: An Earthquake of 0.0 Magnitude has hit New Zealand, tweeted TamekaRaymond Tameka J.
Another one: We'll its past 7pm May 21st in New Zealand and so far no earthquakes, said srtten E N.
According to Harold Camping, the 'rapture', would have taken place on May 21, 2011 at 6.P.M.localtime, in all regions of the world. The rapture us is the Biblical belief that Jesus Christ will arrive in a Second Coming to carry the believers up to heaven.
Camping said a rolling earthquake will devastate the world on May 21, 2011 and those left behind will end up as victims of the final, all-encompassing destruction six months later.
Camping had said his theory is guaranteed by Bible. Some verses from the Bible, given below apparently fuels theories like this:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
The great Biblical flood of Noah's times is the basis of Camping's theory. He makes some calculations to arrive at the date of that flood. He says the flood that decimated the population of the world sans Noah and whoever got on board on his vessel, took place in 4990 B.C.
Camping had done some strange calculations to arrive at the date May 21. In the Bible, it is said that Noah had been given 7 days to prepare for the flood. He was alerted that the flood will wipe out anyone and everyone who was not on board his vessel, animals and human beings included.
Likewise, Camping says the '7-day warning notice' has been in place and he has actually decoded it precisely. Camping says though, that instead of a 7-day warning, it's really been a 7,000-year-warning.
Seven thousand years after 4990 B.C. (the year of the Flood) is the year 2011 A.D. (our calendar), he says in his website. 4990 + 2011 – 1 = 7,000, he calculates. One year must be subtracted in going from an Old Testament B.C. calendar date to a New Testament A.D. calendar date because the calendar does not have a year zero.
And here's how he arrived exactly at the date: 'Amazingly, May 21, 2011 is the 17th day of the 2nd month of the Biblical calendar of our day. Remember, the flood waters also began on the 17th day of the 2nd month, in the year 4990 B.C.