May 21, 2011: The end of the world? - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

May 21, 2011: The end of the world?

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By Mackenzie Patterson - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - When it comes to the end of the world, what do we really know?  One California radio broadcaster is claiming Judgment Day and the Rapture are happening this Saturday.

Imagine your spouse, children, and friends just disappearing.  This is what Harold Camping, a California pastor, is saying to expect in just two days.  Camping says believers in Christ will be taken from earth to heaven and nonbelievers will be left behind to great suffering and natural disasters.

Camping, the head of Family Radio, a Christian broadcast group, has been predicting this for years.  The radio's website even has a countdown until Judgment Day.  The website lists scripture and a series of equations as proof.

Around Columbus, people were everything from skeptical to thinking about their possible last days.

"No one knows the hour or the day.  It is right in God's Word, handed down to us--the Bible is authority," said Rex Freeman.

"We have a big move coming up, we're headed to Italy and of course we're having a child soon.  So, I certainly would like to see all that happen," said Jennifer Broedel.

"Probably go on a vacation or something you know not worry about money just spend it.  I can't take it with me anyway," said Ian Perry.

Pastor Jay Bailey with Solid Rock Assembly of God told News Leader Nine Camping's predictions are incorrect.

"People throughout history have tried to predict when the Lord will come using mathematical formulas that they say are derived from the Scriptures.  The Scriptures are very, very clear that no one, not even the angels in Heaven know when the Lord will return," said Bailey.

Bailey said he does not disagree with Camping that the Rapture will eventually happen but said determining a date is impossible.

"The scriptures tell us if anyone tries to predict the coming of the Lord, it is deception and that we ought not to pay attention to it," said Bailey.

This is not the first time Camping has made these predictions.  In 1994, he wrote a book claiming the same for that year.

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