Saturday's 6pm end of the world deadline passes
Tue, 17 May 2011 12:37:38 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The group claiming the end of the world would come Saturday and 6pm is obviously disappointed.
The group's claim generated a buzz similar to Y2K.
WACH Fox went to Five Points at 6pm only to find many people enjoying themselves and nothing disastrous to report.
While you may be out running errands or heading to work, the Family Radio Group is waiting for what they call Judgment Day and doing the math.
It starts out with some simple arithmetic: 4990 plus 2011 minus one equals 7000. That's how the group's leader, Harold Camping, is predicting the demise of the world.
The group believes Noah built his ark in the year 4990 BC when they say God told Noah he had seven days to escape worldwide destruction.Related Stories... Apocalypse Nigh? Group Says God Brings It May 21 (NBC Bay Area) Craigslist Opportunist Sees the Positive of the World Ending on May 21 (TIME) By the Numbers: How May 21, 2011 Was Calculated to be Judgment Day (TIME)
But Family Radio interprets one day as 1000 years making seven days equal 7000 years and since there was no year zero (hence, the minus one), we arrive at 4990 + 2011 - 1 = 7000 a.k.a. this year.
Family Radio says in the 2nd month, the 17th day of the month a flood will strike the earth. Most people today follow the Gregorian calendar where May 21st is the 21st day of the fifth month, but the group says that date is also the 17th day of the 2nd month of the Biblical calendar of our day.
The group also states the flood waters of Noah also began on the 17th day of the 2nd month, in the year 4990 B.C.
USC Professor of Religious Studies, Dr. Kevin Lewis, teaches a course on apocalyptic visions. Dr. Lewis finds the end of the world prediction hard to believe.
He TMs (Camping) sort of twisting and working some of the scriptures to fit his own agenda. So I think a good person of faith can look at that and be suspicious, but the test is Saturday morning.
Back in May 21, 1994 Camping warned of a similar apocalypse, but attributed the world's survival to a miscalculation. So instead of May 21, 1994, we got May 21, 2011.
Family Radio says about three percent of the population or 200 million people will be raptured and taken to heaven this Saturday while the rest are left behind.
As for the flood: the SkyWACH Weather team is forecasting hot, humid conditions with partly cloudy skies and not a chance of rain.
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