The Trouble with Timetables

May 17th, 2011

Howard Camping is predicting that the world will end on Saturday, May 21st.  Apparently, the End of Days will be preceded by an earthquake in the Pacific Rim at 6:00 PM.

So, true believers, feel free to get in touch with me.  I'll set up a dedicated PayPal account, and you can deposit all the money you won't be needing as of Sunday there.  I guarantee I can put it to better use than charlatans like Camping would.

Before we get all gunched up over silly numerological ramblings, let's remember Matthew 24:36:

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

It's not curtains until the Big Man Upstairs says so, and it doesn't seem like he's going to be making reservations.

Camping's made this prediction before.  In 1994 alone, he predicted that the end was coming on September 27th, September 29th, and October 2nd.  When the world stubbornly stuck around after each of those, he predicted its demise on March 31st, 1995.  That also failed to transpire.

Somebody keep this guy away from the horsie track, folks.

He's not the first, of course.  Edgar Whisenant predicted the end three times during a three-week period in 1988, and again in Rosh Hashana, 1989.  Between 1975 and 1994 (big year for this stuff), Charles Taylor predicted the end no less than thirteen times.

And yet here we still are.

(I don't know if there's any connection, but May 21st also marks the founding of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in 1863.)

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