The good ones will be raptured, to be joined in celestial beatific bliss with Christ while the sinners of the world will be left to face extinction a few months from now. This is how the promised Christian rapture will unfold, according to Camping.
The media has treated the doomsday soothsayer with a mix of ridicule and scorn and dissected the end of the world prediction to shreds, showing how whimsical and fallacious a theory it is -- far from being the infallible theory which is guaranteed by Bible as Camping puts it.
However, the truth is that so many people across the world believe the doomsday is real! So many people are fretting about the arrival of the catastrophic quake. Millions of people are putting ear to the ground, to catch the first rumblings of the all-consuming quake.
And then so many others are also counting what will be the last hours of their life, imagining up the rapture that will take to heaven.
The social network is abuzz with the end of the world debate. It reflects a microcosm of belief, disbelief, utter denial, scorn and mirth.
Here is a peek into how people react to the doomsday talk in the social sphere:
It's Doomsday, Doomsday, all gonna die on Doomsday. Everybody's gettin' ready for the Judgment, tweeted TheTweetOfGod.
#iftheworldendsonsaturday am gonna keep my self busy, with the #Bible below my pillow asking #God for forgivness,.1hr 15 mins..till doomsday, tops87 Abayomi said.
Look at another one, from VanDerCubem Erick White: It's time we saw a miracle come on it's time for something biblical and this is the end, THIS IS THE END OF THE WORLD!!!!! que rolota!!!
And, how many people really believe their world is ending just minutes from now? If you go by a multitude of polls on the Internet, it's roughly three percent. And boy doesn’t three percent make for a big mass of people!
A live poll on the IB Times website shows 3.36 percent of voters are convinced that the world will end on May 21, 2011.
And another 9.8 percent say 'Maybe' when asked if the world will end. However, a whopping 78 percent say it will not.
A poll on Slashdot shows 3 percent of the people subscribe to Harold Camping's theory that the world will end on October 21, 2011.
A poll on the www.cafemom website shows 2 percent think the world will end. Another poll on the website www.rsbuddy.com shows more than seven percent think the world will end. As many as 89 percent think nothing will happen today.
According to Harold Camping, the rapture, will take place on May 21, 2011, it is the Biblical belief that Jesus Christ will arrive in a Second Coming to carry the believers up to heaven. According to Paul's epistle to Thessalonians, these are people who are dead in Christ. 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. But where is the proof of this? Many scholars have given vastly varying dates.
Now that camping has the accurate date on which he benchmarks his weird prediction, he goes ahead and formulates a theory that says the next catastrophe will take place in this millennium, this decade. More precisely he says it will take place hours from now!
How he does make this superhuman finding is interesting: 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.
Camping says 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.”
But if Bible is the source of the prediction, then there are verses in the Bible that will conclusively disprove any human theory about the end of the world.
See this verse: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.”
Now, Camping has said he will be in front of the TV, watching the earthquake destroys New Zealand! Millions will join him; some hoping to watch the Armageddon rolling in, and some eager to debunk his fallacious doomsday theory.