Jesus Will Come May 21, 2011, and the End of the World will be October 21, 2011

“Thus, we must realize that October 21, 2011 will be the final day of this earth’s existence.” — Harold Camping (We Are Almost There, p. 3…3)

“Harold Camping lets out a hearty chuckle when he considers the people who believe the world will end in 2012.  ‘That date has not one stitch of biblical authority,’ Camping says from the Oakland office where he runs Family Radio, an evangelical station that reaches listeners around the world. ‘It’s like a fairy tale.’  The real date for the end of times, he says, is in 2011.” (

Recent reports say that Nashville has 40 billboards up around town letting people know that the end of the world will happen on May 21, 2011, sponsored by Rev Camping’s Family Radio network and  and Allison Warden, one of the founders of Raleigh, N.C.-based We Can Know, said Wednesday that an analysis of Scripture, particularly the genealogies, shows Jesus will come in May. “God actually provides a calendar that points to May 21, 2011, as the day for Christ to return,” she said.

Omaha has 4, reportedly.   Of course this poses problems for my wedding plans, since we were counting on the 28th.  We are considering changing our ‘save the date’ reminders to read: “May 28th Andy and Celeste are getting married! (provided Camping is wrong)” 

Of course it is important for Christians to remember the second coming (parousia) spoken of in scripture.  Heidegger in his 192o-21 lectures on phenomenology of religious life talks about how that Christian thought uniquely places the believer on knifes edge as we wait for the return of Jesus, knowing that every moment may be our last– this heightened existential situation puts an ultimate value on each moment, as we live our lives on the red alert.  But that is exhausting.  Its so much nicer to just know so we can plan around the event.  So we look for Pastor Campings to tell us… 

This is not the first time Camping predicted the future.  In 1994 he predicted “The results of this study indicate that the month of September of the year 1994 is to be the time for the end of history” –Harold Camping (1994?, New York: Vantage Press, p. 531).  He and his followers waited in vain that time:

“On Sept. 6, 1994, dozens of Camping’s believers gathered inside Alameda’s Veterans Memorial Building to await the return of Christ, an event Camping had promised for two years. Followers dressed children in their Sunday best and held Bibles open-faced toward heaven.” (cogpost)

But he now claims his calculations were off, but this new set of numerical calculations is accurate… He has also made claims that the age of the church has ended– God is no longer using the church and you should leave churches:

“Camping contends that “the work of the church is finished,” and that those who remain in the church, during the time of the on-coming “tribulation,” will be destroyed. He thus bids the faithful to flee the church. He goes so far as to suggest that if one were to find a church “where it appears that each and every doctrine they hold is faithful to the Word of God,” it should be avoided — if one hopes to escape the impending destruction.” (christian courier)

People like to think the Bible reveals hidden truths which correspond to historical happenings.  We like to know what is coming in the future.  We don’t like surprises.  And this has provided book sellers with a great market for fantastic projections about when and how the end of the world will come (according to the Bible, of course). 

Hal Lindsay in The Late Great Planet Earth in the 1970’s provided a dispensationalist view of the establishment being a key component of the return of Christ (Lindsay said 1988 was an important date to keep watch on).

John Walverford has targeted this niche industry, pumping out bestsellers on end times such as Armageddon, Oil and Terror; The Revelation of Jesus Christ; 688 page Every Prophecy of the Bible: A Clear Explanation; Armageddon, Oil, and the Middle East Crisis; and so on.  Tim Lahaye is better known with his Left Behind series and his many multiple books regarding end-times theology. 

Another example of future-telling based loosely on the bible was The Bible Code, the best-selling book by Michael Drosin, published in 1997.  The sequel (The Bible Code II) was a best-seller in 2002.  Drosin claimed messages were encoded in the Bible, originally in the Hebrew Torah, and it all sounds possible to an open minded person until he gets into his theory about extra-terrestrials implanting the code… in BCII

A lot of ink and effort seems to be spent trying to figure out what the Bible says about the end times.  The one thing Scripture is clear about is that we will not know when Jesus returns.  In Matthew 24:36 Jesus says about these things that “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  If Pastor Camping claims to know the day, he is claiming to know a. something Jesus said pastor Camping couldn’t know and b. something which Jesus claimed neither he nor angels could know.  So pastor Campings claim is bold indeed. 

Again, people want to be in control, to not be surprised, to have a lock on what God is up to and what his plans are.  This drives an awful lot of our theological pursuits and quest for knowledge.  But we know that that very desire for certainty through knowledge was the original sin of Adam and Eve when they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil desiring to be like God.  We want to be God when we want to know as God knows, and we want to know as God knows so that we don’t have to trust God. 

Of course this is not an argument to not seek knowledge– but to not seek knowledge of things that are beyond us, and beyond the clear commands of scripture.  This is what often gets us into a lot of trouble.  People come up with clarity on issues when one doesn’t find clarity on those issues in the Bible itself– and when we do that we step beyond Scripture and start to impose our own personal views onto others and the Bible itself.  We need moderation and humility.  That doesn’t mean we know nothing, but it does mean that perhaps we don’t know as much as we like, and we have to walk by faith, not by sight. 

May God have mercy on us all– mercy to not waste time trying to not have faith when we should be using our lives to serve God.  And although I look forward to my wedding, if Jesus chooses to come before then, thats OK with me 🙂


30 responses to “Jesus Will Come May 21, 2011, and the End of the World will be October 21, 2011

  1. To start we must understand the scriptures; the one up front is no one knows the day or hour not even Jesus but the Father only. Isn`t it something that everyone is taking this translation to be correct. The word day can be translated in the original Greek as the word Ennychos meaning a great time before and hour as time or season. In other words only the Father God existed no one else that grate time or season before creation.only He knew the end, yes Jesus and the Father and the Holy Ghost are one but our minds can not understand the God Head. Jesus was born unto us its this Jesus that did not know.Much more on subject of time but to little space to print. On salvation it is not free will it may seem so in scriptures, but God has only one plan of election to much to explain in this letter if you want to understand how God kept a calendar start with the death of Solomon in year 931BC secular accurate record to mesh our calendar with God`s calendar . Bill

  2. Daniel 12:
    8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
    9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
    10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

  3. Churches never mention these verses that state the believers will know more than the unbeliervers like when christ will return, ask your minister what these verses mean! I am sure that he will not have an answer.

    1 Thessalonians 5:
    4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
    5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
    6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

  4. This is the kind of BS that needs to stop.
    Every man that has come up with the date of Jesus’ return has been wrong time and time again.
    Just occupy until He returns.
    Do His will in the mean time (get others saved and grow closer to Him)

    This kind of crap only makes the Church look like fools and drives people away from Christ, people who are going to burn for eternity that might have otherwise been saved.

    Why can’t Christians just read the word, love God and love their neighbors without acting retarded or super-spiritual.

  5. i am so glad people spoke up on this! no one knows when the end of time really is. people are really starting to irritate me talking bout the world ending in 2011 and 2012. the types of preachers teaching this are prolly sitting in hell right now. They are to teach Gods word, not makeup bs like this and having everyone running around acting foolish.

  6. No one has know the jesus come back date but, the father only. There fore dont chit your self.

  7. With less than a month, why not read/study a little?
    In the Greek Interlinear Bible:
    About yet the day that and the hour not-yet-one has-perceived not-yet the messengers of the heavens if no the Father of Me only. Matthew 24:36
    the ‘not yet’ is interesting.

  8. First, the sacrifices will have to be initiated, and in 3 1/2 years, they will be stopped by the false prophet by sacrificing a swing on the alter, then the next 3 1/2 years will be the tribulation. The 7 year term starts the day the sacrificies start. And, unless those days are not shortened, there would be no flesh saved alive. But, for the ELECTS sake they will be shortened. That tells me that there is NO SECRET RAPTURE, and the “elect” will have to go through the tribulation. The two witnesses will go through it, what makes you think anyone else won’t have to? Don’t be deceived!

  9. larry kelderhouse

    reality paul looked for jesus return daily and its called a purifying hope. it seems hypos wont speak of his coming but 500 bible references point to it some faith talkers and not doers go to hell for omitting the soon return of jesus message.

  10. Please allow all your parishners/believers an opportunity to fully utilize my services. I will take care of all pets left behind, provided you leave all your worldly possesions , including cash money, and real estate holdings with no refunds provided the event doesn’t occur.

  11. I just want to know do have any earthly position you want to give me before you go.

  12. I wonder if this nutjob’s “followers” are going to kick his butt on Sunday…

  13. OK. First off, I’m still going to church. Second, the world is not going to end on freaking May 21st, so please stop scaring everyone. Then Third…… you are all a bunch of ugly Kleptos for believing this.

  14. OK. First off, I’m still going to church. Second, the world is not going to end on freaking May 21st, so please stop scaring everyone. Then Third…… You are all a bunch of ugly Kleptos for believing this.

  15. NO ONE WILL KNOW WHEN! Only GOD! Stop Trying to be GOD! An telll everyone when its coming thats so dumb@ Only HE KNOWS!

  16. 3rd time is the charm?

  17. Alan Austin

    2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no man decieve you by any means: for that day shall not come, exept there be a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, the devil. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God.

  18. Alan Austin

    The rapture does not happen until after the tribulation of satan. We all go through it to prove our love for Christ. ” For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.” Beleive it or not. For those that have ears to hear let them hear. I am he who letteth, and I will not let, and will not be taken out of the way. Tribulaion begins 12/21/2012. The great darkness is coming. Prepare yourselves. It is being brought upon us by man. The Freemasons to be exact. They control our government and God is going to bring the plagues upon our country as warnings to the masons. They have brought evil upon us and intend to bring it upon the whole world.

  19. Abdul ganiwu rahaman

    Its not true it will never happen.u are not. God and u will never be God to predoct when Jesus is coming or the worls is coming to an end…..there is never a person who can predict,the pastor is always lying

  20. how could anyone be so caught up in something like this, the people who are not saved and they don’t know any better, with God’s help may they open thier eyes and see that Camping is a deciever and not of God, and search for the real Christ. They are lost , I guess we should pray for them to be saved. This man called God and our Bible a lie, he is the liar. I hope his followers can see that now.

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  23. I agree. He is a liar. It actually says not to pray for him if he’s doing the work of the devil. We should pray for the people being deceived by this man.

  24. yeah its right that no one knows d date when jesus will comd.and we shuld rdy to receive the king

  25. never trust in these rumours;for it is already said in d bible-rev-13:14 and also it has said in verse 18 that therell be the wisdom. many false prophets may rise but u dont let u fall in their words. if u believe in god’s verse, no evil can even pluck a strand of hair from ur head… make haste,may god be wid u all

  26. i know it won’t happen cuz only God know’s when will be the world will end
    and if will happen we should be ready and not at all
    100%believe in god,almighty creator of heaven and earth
    0%i dont believe “end of the world”

  27. they are giving a lot of problems in the world cause they where giving rumors and not at all if triple 6 will come out soon dont even mark on it for its a symbolize that your a children of devil ………please other muslims,and islams don’t believe in your Allah cuz his not our God and we only knew that god is only 1

  28. in fact i really congratulate the people who believe in God
    and for those who didn’t believe in god lets try to see when god will rapture the world i know that you will going to hell let’s try to see who is right or wrong………i really ignore all rumors coming on the news…..

  29. Matthew du Plessis

    As far as I am aware, the world didn’t end in 2011, and Jesus didn’t return to the earth in May 2012 (but it was my birthday then, so I may have totally drunk and missed it).
    The rapture is not a good thing at all, and it is one of the parts of the Bible that I chose not to follow. Everyone chooses what they want to accept from scripture. People choose not to believe scripture that instructs people in the ways of beating women and slaves, which is understandable. People choose how strictly they wish to interpret the Sabbath. It is unavoidable in the Christian religion and something that permeates Christianity: Christians interpret the Bible to suit themselves. In a nutshell, a human being will never believe anything that they are not comfortable with unless there is actual evidence of its existence.
    There is not evidence that the world will end as the Bible predicts (and please don’t say the evidence is that it is written… that is a circular argument) and any evidence that there has been showed that it wouldn’t happen. How many dates have passed that should have heralded the end of days that did not?
    Therefore, I chose not to believe that the world will end in December this year (or whatever) – because I want Christmas presents and I want to enjoy worldly pleasures with my loved ones. People who find the world that God gave us to be inadequate to make them happy will, on the other hand, be very comfortable with the idea of it ending and them being flown up to a better place. I for one am very happy with what I have now and am grateful to God for every moment of my life on earth. I understand that I will die and I hope that I will have eternal life, but I am not going to wish away today because someone tells me that heaven and the rapture will be better.
    Chances are that life on earth will end when the sun becomes a yellow giant and swells to the extent that earth becomes too hot for us to survive (which apparently will happen in a few million years).
    Either way, I am not going to prepare for the rapture when I could very easily die tomorrow in a very uneventful car crash or something.
    Remember, everyone (yes, even YOU) will only believe what they choose to believe – which is why different people with different personalities have different viewpoints on religion. Don’t pretend that you are pious or righteous because you believe in things that others do not – it just means that you are being human, like everyone else, and your personal preferences dictate your approach to your existence.

  30. ajay pradhan

    Actually i wan’t understand that according to the predection of 21 may 2011, world must has to be end but that may not happend,that means what is the fact regarding this….

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