End of the world? How about a party instead?

End of the world? How about a party instead?

Cebu : Philippines | May 19, 2011 at 7:23 PM PDT
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Bible Discussion Based on Harold Camping's Prophecy

Skooter report 05/20/11

For some, it's Judgment Day. For Skooter and others, it's party time. A sloppily organized Christian movement has disseminated the word around the globe that Jesus Christ will return to earth on Saturday, that will be tomorrow May 21, to gather the faithful into heaven. While the Christian majority isn't buying it, they say it’s a farce, many other skeptics are milking or exploiting it.

If you’re curious, you may access Facebook page titled "Post rapture looting" offers this invitation: "When everyone is gone and god's not looking, we need to pick up some sweet stereo equipment and maybe some new furniture for the mansion we're going to squat in." The invitation garnered more than 175,000 people indicating they would be "attending" the "public event."

The prediction is also being ridiculed in the comic strip "Doonesbury" and has stirred "Rapture parties" to mark what hosts expect will be the failure of the world to come to an end.

The local chapter of the American Humanist Association in the Army town of Fayetteville, N.C., has converted the event into a two-day musical show, with a Saturday night party followed by a day-after concert.

It all started by a 89-year-old retired civil engineer from Oakland, Calif., whose name is Harold Camping, the original source of the prediction, and who founded Family Radio Worldwide, an independent ministry that has broadcast his prediction around the world. His prophecy comes from calculations of numbers or numerology basing on the Bible. He says global happenings like the 1948 founding of Israel or better known as Nabak Day confirmed his mathematical calculations. But not all Christians believed the so called Rapture will occur, they think he’s wrong.

The Rapture is the belief that Christ will bring the faithful into paradise prior to a period of tribulation on earth that precedes the end of time. "Beyond the shadow of a doubt, May 21 will be the date of the Rapture and the day of judgment," Camping said in January.

In Vietnam, Camping’s prophecy has led to disturbances involving thousands of members of the tribal groups known as Hmong, an ethnic minority who gathered near the border with Laos earlier this month to await the May 21 event.

And in the U.S., there were no such signs of chaos, though the Christian majority isn’t happy with the attention the prediction is getting.

As for Skooter, he believed that only Jesus knows when the world will end, and that no man knows the day nor the hours that Jesus will return.

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In this Dec. 12, 2002 file photo, Harold Camping speaks while holding the Bible, in San Leandro, Calif.
skooter is based in Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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  • In this Dec. 12, 2002 file photo, Harold Camping speaks while holding the Bible, in San Leandro, Calif.

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