Rapture Scheduled for May 21, 2011

From Salon:

Spring is finally here — but apparently, the apocalypse will be fast on its trail. That’s the word from a slight but outspoken group of spiritual devotees who believe that the world as we know it is coming to an end.

Maybe you’ve already encountered the literature: pamphlets, subway ads, billboards on the side of the highway. “Judgment Day is coming” reads one billboard, which features a man praying in silhouette against a sunset backdrop. These are the works of a peculiar breed of Christian activists who’ve taken to the road to preach their belief in the fast-approaching End of Days. The self-appointed harbingers are not tied to any particular church — they claim organized religion has been corrupted by the devil — but rather to Internet- and radio-based ministries. And their lone mission is to tell anyone and everyone that the end of days is May 21. That’s when, they insist, God’s true believers will be lifted into heaven and saved, during a biblical event widely referred to as the Rapture.

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    1. Yeah, isn’t that the same way ancient sorcerers gained control, by slightly understanding eclipses and then pretending to predict them?

  1. I want to go to Portugal in June, don’t want the Rapture rearing it’s ugly head and messing with my plans. I don’t mind if it happens in July

    1. Why would it mess with your plans? I’m pretty sure that the rapture wouldn’t make much more of a dent in the population than, say, a minor flu epidemic.

      1. Does the Rapture mean that only the special good ones will be magically lifted off to heaven, leaving the rest of us to go about our daily lives? I thought it is supposed to the end of all life on earth, in which case it would inhibit my chances of going to Portugal. Either scenario is BS, but if it were real (like if fairies and leprechauns were real), I’d take it personal if it happened before my trip, cos I’m not about to start praying to hedge my bets

  2. There should be a Christian themed Pro Wrestler named The Rapture. Before he comes out they could announce The Rapture is coming!

    1. Geez, Ryno68, the possibilities are endless! I was able to think up a dozen slogans/ringside patters without even trying! I wonder how he would fare down in the Bible belt, though. Those folks take their Rasslin’
      pretty seriously. My guess is that he’d either get run out of town on a rail or be elected Governor.

  3. Members of my family waited for the rapture in three different situations. God, even Bush knew the “fool me once” motto.

    1. I don’t know about that. According to him the motto is “Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.”

      Just rolls off the tongue, eh?

  4. We’re seeing the billboards all over San Francisco. However, I think “Buffy” summed it up best with “What’s the plural of apocalypse?”

  5. You know, if all ‘believers’ go to ‘heaven’ and leave us here on Earth, it will be a much better place…

  6. I’m waiting for the 2012 apocalypse… the Mayans are so much cooler. I wonder why they couldn’t predict their own demise?

    1. There are lots of Mayas still around, in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Guatemals, and some in El Salvador. It was their cities that collapsed, possibly because of drought, possibly because they lost faith in their kings.

    2. @ Brian,

      They couldn’t “predict” anything, they had a calender , different to ours, but still a good one that suited them. They didn’t have magic powers to see the future. They were a technically gifted people. They did do a lot of cool things with their know how

  7. Did anyone see a picture of the controversial billboard that was recently put up near Family Radio’s headquarters that directly challenges them about May 21?
    See it on:

  8. I should be pissed because I’ve been doing a lot of marketing and publicity for an event happening on May 22. But, if there’s a deal with “you know Who” that gets rid of all these rapture people… once and for all? Better event.

  9. is this not possibly some kind of annoying viral marketing nonsense? a lot of games set for release around that date.. just wondering..

  10. Hey, Does anyone know what time that this is going to happen? At 12:00:01 am or sometime later in the day?

    I need to know if I should plan for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    And, if it’s going to happen around Noon (EDT) that means I can sleep in and still not miss it.

    Also, is this going to happen simultaneously across all time zones, or is it going roll though all time zones one at a time like the YTK disaster did?

    One more thing… How long do you think that this will take to happen? I mean, when it starts will I have time to run out and do some errands? Or drink my good bottle of Scotch that I’m saving for a special occasion?

    I just I’d better plan on the whole “blink of an eye” thing, right? And get my last end-of-the-world “to dos” done on 5/20.

    OK, I guess there still is one more thing — I’ve seen some T-shirts that say, “Jesus is coming and boy, is he pissed!” Do you think he really will be? Should I bring flowers to calm him down? Maybe chocolates?

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