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Is Saturday Judgment Day? Is May 21 the Beginning of the End of the World?

Harold Camping predicts May 21 will be judgment day. One local man is getting ready, while a local pastor disagrees.

Drive down Interstate 5 south on the way to Imperial Beach and you will run into a billboard that reads:

“The Bible Guarantees It. Judgment Day May 21. Cry mightily unto God.”

The same message has been printed on billboards throughout the country by Family Radio, a Christian ministry radio station owned by 89-year-old Harold Camping, a former radio broadcaster and religious figure.

The billboards are used to spread Camping’s prediction that on May 21 Jesus Christ will return to rapture his church, or meet true believers in the sky and bring them to Heaven.

Five months later, Camping said, Oct. 21 will be the end of the world.

He said his predictions are based on a mathematical equation of 7,000 years from the date of Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood.

This is not the first time Camping has made such bold predictions. In September of 1994, he incorrectly predicted the world was going to end. He has since stated that a miscalculation was to blame for the mistake.

In a blog published last week by the Washington Post, Camping explains why his earlier prediction failed.

“It’s just like anyone who invents something or comes to a truth or any technician they don’t immediately make a finished product. ... I did not come to the finished product until three years ago. It was at that time that God showed some exquisite proof.”

This time Camping believes he got his calculations right.

So does Max Shineman, a 37-year-old Imperial Beach resident.

Shineman could not be reached for comment but his friend Al Amador said Shineman quit his $80,000 a year job to prepare for the rapture and may give away his car.

According to Shineman's Facebook profile which includes a link to familyradio.com, watching television shows and movies are a waste of time, but he still enjoys body boarding.

On his YouTube channel, Shineman has made a series of videos detailing why May 21 is the day. In his most recent video posted Wednesday, Shineman announced he has canceled a sermon he was going to conduct at Pier Plaza on Friday, May 20.

“It just doesn’t feel right. It just feels as if though I’d be boasting about the fact that God has saved me and not saved other people,” he said.

He goes on to advise people to go to the Bible instead of taking his word for it.
Pastor Carey Norman of Westview Bible Church disagrees with Camping’s prediction.

“Family Radio's billboard campaign is exploiting rather than explaining the teachings of the Bible. Jesus clearly taught that no man knows the day nor the hour of His return,” Norman said in an email. “It's sad to me when false teachers make such predictions like the May 21st one.”

Norman also said Family Radio's use of the word rapture is inaccurate.

“One of the definitions for the term rapture in the dictionary means to be caught up in ecstasy," Norman said in an email. “The term rapture does not occur in the Bible.”

Norman also called Camping a “false prophet” and that Jesus said many false prophets would arise the closer we get to his coming.

He said it will be sad when people realize on May 22 they were deceived.

Family Radio did not respond to phone calls seeking comment for this story.

gwizdala May 19, 2011 at 09:24 PM
matthew 24:36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44 no one knows about that day or hour not even the angels in heaven nor the son but only the father. as it was the days of noah so it will be comeing of the son of man. for in the days before the flo...od people were eating and drinking marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day noah entered the ark and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. that is how it will be at the comeing of the son of man. two men will be in the field one will be taken and the other left. therefore keep watch because you do not know on what day your lord will come. but understand this if the owner of the house had known at what time of the night the theif was comeing, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. so you also must be ready, because the son of man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. if he was a real follower her would go by what the bible actully says
gwizdala May 19, 2011 at 09:33 PM
i also said he is a faulse prophet and i read the bible last night to look for my anwsers because this creep freaked me out
mbuyamba May 19, 2011 at 09:34 PM
Guys the bible say the coming of the lord will be like a thief in the night and nock on your doors and ask you if you are ready ** emotionaly crieing** wat will you do if the lord God comes and you are not ready???...
Botswana-bj May 19, 2011 at 09:37 PM
I agree wth al of u guys.. ..Nbdy cn interprt God's mind thos r js strategies 2 mak us repent..if dats al true den w shal c on da 21st.. ..4 nw i totaly dnt wana confuse myslf
Rhonda May 19, 2011 at 09:50 PM
The bible is a bunch of stories written by man for other mens own interpritation, written to make children of ALL ages fear and obey. IF there is a God, I beleive he will be forgiving, and ALL knowing, and see that I have been a truly good person. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
Steph May 19, 2011 at 10:03 PM
How can people say this rubbish? They would have nooooo idea when the world is going to end. Try proving it! And if you cant prove it, look in the bible. It clearly states that no one really knows when 'Jesus' will arrive, "He will come like a theif in the night." Ring a bell?
Steph May 19, 2011 at 10:04 PM
lol true true
Steph May 19, 2011 at 10:07 PM
That is soooo true. Refer to the bible if you have any concerns.
mbuyamba May 19, 2011 at 10:09 PM
The devil is tring his very best for us people on earth to stop believing in God, the devils followers are fighting against God we must all know God is distroying the world little by little just why there are a lot of earthquacks and many problems on earth. The davil is using his own christians to scam this end of the world thing, people do not fall under this trap the bible never pridicted which day,month and year the world will end, we do not know when the lord will come we should be ready instead of hearing and seeing things in the media then we decide to change immidietly because we know wen god is comming and we shoud wait for God quickly andf change before he comes....its not right we should not wait or think of the day of his comming then change-forget about that and live like Jesus like talking like him,talking like him and walking like him and himself shall decide to end the world and not mankind wondering the dates..AMEN!
Rev. Daniel W. Blair May 19, 2011 at 10:52 PM
I am very sad for those who have been following this lie that the rapture will occur on May 21st. Even if they attempt to explain away “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32), they cannot explain away that most every Christian, theologian, scholar, and prophet from the first Century until the Nineteenth Century all believed that the church would go through the Great Tribulation and not escape through some secret rapture that would leave the world paralyzed. I pray that they will take a moment and read my book, “Final Warning” because the hour of is His judgment has come.
Mayra Gonzalez May 19, 2011 at 11:11 PM
God is awesome in many ways... and if its judgement day let it be.. It's sad just to think "what if" just because I have small children. Im not scared to die because I know that's the only way I would see my Dad again. Love you Dad!
Londra lawson May 19, 2011 at 11:22 PM
This is a very disrepectful man!! Y I say that? Because dont lie on jesus...no one know when he coming. If it happen he gave warning for you to prepare. But, as my beliefe we are living the end of the world. Ex: economy the life we living in now. With that being said.. Lord im ready.... How can we stop you, and how can we believe a mans word other than god himself. How foolish of u dumb believers..
yolanda May 19, 2011 at 11:52 PM
Well its probably good to start thinking ahead ... there will be a lot of disappointed people come Sunday morning. What's going to happen on May 22nd? http://www.aftermay21.com
Julie May 20, 2011 at 12:44 AM
Just leave it be know God know peace, No God No peace. Plain & simple live each day like your last & treat others with kindness & respect. That's all our father asks of us to have faith in him & his mercy's. Harold will answer to our Lord 1 day & he will be judged. But til than I wouldn't show my face anywhere after Saturday.
Daren Murrer May 20, 2011 at 01:36 AM
Live Countdown! http://vrsry.com/endoftheworld
shirley May 20, 2011 at 02:01 AM
This is not true... No one knows when the return of God is. But only God... Matthew 24:36 in the bible says...But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.... and it also says in matthew24:23...Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray... Everyone needs 2 be wise n think... This man doesnt know nothn!!!!
diva May 20, 2011 at 03:01 AM
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father MATTHEW 24
Jaide May 20, 2011 at 03:25 AM
It seems that there is another group on the scene with a new perspective in disputing Camping's prophesies. They make a compelling statement that "Jesus is here now." Check out a video about their billboard which I think will stir the pot a bit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y14YxNhj40
Christina May 20, 2011 at 03:34 AM
Everyday is judgement day. Everything we do we are being watched and we have to ask for forgivness when we have done wrong. I am not sure what and if anything is going to happen on Saturday, but I know one thing for sure is that I am right with God. I do make mistakes, but I learn and grow from them. It is not my place to judge these people who are selling there things and living in campers. I wouldn't do it, but thats just me. Just a thought;)
S.E.Gregg May 20, 2011 at 03:39 AM
Is Judgment Day Satruday May 21? http://christianolympics.blogspot.com
Samdos Mano May 20, 2011 at 03:41 AM
Read Harold Camping May 21st Prediction Proofs: http://pqrnews.com/News/harold-camping-may-21st-prediction-video-may-21-judgement-day-end-of-the-world/
James May 20, 2011 at 04:07 AM
All of you are wrong why do you listen to pastor and church and symbols they are nothing only figments. Time is erelevent it means nothing cause humans made it up . Govern your selves accordingly you have a brain use it.
slyndex May 20, 2011 at 07:31 AM
I'm not saying the world is coming to an end. If it is history is repeating it self. Noah was viewed as an old fool by many people. What if Camping is God's hand trying to reach out to you just like Noah. Give that a thought and do what you think is best for u and your loved ones. I am not saying the world is coming to an end, just don't be like people in the times of Noah. Godbless you all
lovieduncan@ymail.com May 20, 2011 at 02:26 PM
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! IN ALL THINGS!!! Do not be DECEIVED!!! NO ONE, knows the end!!!! We are to be READY, living each day as if it were our last for OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST'S COMING!!! IN the book of Matthew 24:35&36; 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 36 "NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT THAT DAY OR HOUR, NOT EVEN THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN, NOR THE SON, BUT ONLY THE FATHER. UNQUOTE. We must remember THE WORD OF GOD. JOHN 3:16 FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON, THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. UNQUOTE. IF we believe in JESUS CHRIST, and FOLLOW HIM FOR OUR SALVATION! KNOWING AND OBEYING HIS WORD, BECAUSE HE IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. OUR LIVES ARE BUILT ON THE ROCK THAT WE STAND ON BECAUSE JESUS IS THAT ROCK, NOT SOME MAN WHO MAKE FALSE PREDICTIONS!!! TRUST JESUS CHIRST, HAVE THAT PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD OF LORDS AND THE KING OF KINGS!!! PROVERBS 19:21 MANY ARE THE PLANS IN A MAN'S HEART, BUT IT IS THE LORD'S PURPOSE THAT PREVAILS. UNQUOTE. BE READY FOR JESUS, ACCEPT HIM TODAY! GOD BLESS!!! : > )
Shorebird May 20, 2011 at 02:27 PM
The world, as we know it, changes everyday. Something goes into extinction, someone dies. Their world ended, as they knew it. There will always be someone hollering the sky is falling. In the meantime, try to love one another, be kind to children, old folks and animals. Love what you have right now, what we do have is this moment. Have a lovely day in Paradise wherever you are. Peace
Shorebird May 20, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Oh, I forgot, "Be in Amusement".
ibtrotter May 21, 2011 at 06:43 AM
lol@Jesus Freaks and Bible Thumpers!
Fayette (Davis) Driskell May 31, 2011 at 01:08 AM
no, Danny, he won't regret it completely..he'll be in the welfare line come Tues. morn. when the doors open!!!..of course, he may have to give up a "few" of his living arrangements, life ambitions, & playtoys, but, life goes on..right??
Fayette (Davis) Driskell May 31, 2011 at 01:11 AM
Amen!!!..and He plainly states, "No man knows the hour in which I will come again", so I really don't think God gave some of these yay-hoo's "extra" insight...agree?
GVVV June 08, 2011 at 08:14 PM
hEY ITS JUNE! i GEUSE NUTHING HAPPENED. EXCEPT MY SPELLLIN CHANGED AR TAD BIT

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