Earlier this year Doomsday preacher Harold Camping, a radio evangelist and president of a network of radio stations, stated that the world would end on May 21st. He has now stated that this date was in fact Judgment Day – a spiritual moment when the righteous would be chosen – and simply a warm-up for the Rapture which happens exactly five months later. If his prediction is correct, then this means that Friday, October 21, will mark the start of the Apocalypse/Rapture – This will be the moment believers will be whisked away into heaven and hell will be unleashed on earth.
Signs fortelling of the Apocalypse/Rapture are measured by the Rapture Index, which was created by Terry James in December 1993 as a monitor of current affairs and a way of measuring the frequency and intensity of end-time signs mentioned in the Bible and the type of activity that could act as a precursor to the Rapture’.
However Cynics point out that over the past 2,000 years there have been at least 200 publicised prophecies that the world would end on a specific date, which have so far proved untrue. Religious leaders have also blasted him as a false prophet, and many Non-believers and Christians alike have made fun of his previous message.
Camping also recently said: ‘We can be sure that something affecting the whole world will happen on 21st October 2011, and that the day of judgment had already passed, So there is nothing the non-righteous can do to save their souls. Therefore, he added, there was no point in advertising it to the extent of his May prediction. Camping has so far spent up to $100million over seven years predicting the Rapture.