Nel's New Day

May 21, 2011

Rapture Continued

Filed under: Uncategorized — trp2011 @ 8:46 PM

It’s after 6:00 PST, and I’m pretty sure that the “rapture” didn’t arrive. Although I do have a friend who wonders if it actually did, leaving everyone else here on the same playing field of sinning. That would be something that I’d like to believe, but I just checked outside and didn’t find any huge stinging insects. Just a peaceful sunset.

I also want to correct my last message about the time of the rapture. According to 89-year-old Harold Camping, the grand predictor of this event, it should have started with a global earthquake hitting New Zealand at 6:00 pm, May 21, 2011, their time. That would make the arrival on the U.S. West Coast at 11:00 pm last night. I don’t think it did.

Gary Trudeau has spent the week satirizing today’s end of the world with one of his characters giving away all his possessions. Unfortunately, many people have done exactly that, even quitting their jobs a year ago and spending all their money. A New York man spent $140,000 of his own money on billboards to tell everyone about the approaching end of the world.

Others who plan to stay here while the religious disappear are profiting off the “end.” For example, a “registered” atheist is charging $135 to care for a “raptured” person’s pets.

Probably the biggest money-maker is Camping. His single radio station in San Francisco escalated to more than 200 plus two television stations. His most recent IRS disclosure reveals over $34 million in investments, $56 million in assets, and $29 million in mortgages. With over $100 million in donations during the past seven years, he seems to be ahead of the game.

But don’t let your guard down. Ronald Weinland of Church of God declared that the correct date for the “rapture” is May 27, 2012. And there’s still December 21, 2012, if you believe in the Mayan calendar. According to Bob Thiel, Jesus cannot return prior to 2016 and the Great Tribulation cannot begin prior to 2013, but those dates are pretty close. The end of the world has been predicted more than 100 times in the last 100 years. Camping’s last prediction was in 1994, but this time he’s positive that it will happen.

We’ll just have to get up every morning and wonder. But it might be wise to keep working and keep our possessions—just in case.

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