Continuing our little countdown to The Rapture on May 21, here’s one guy who is going to be S.O.L. on May 22.

A retired MTA employee has pumped his $140,000 life savings into an ad campaign warning that the world will end on May 21. Robert Fitzpatrick, a follower of the notorious California Evangalist Harold Camping, has posted his Doomsday message on 1,000 subway car placards and at bus shelters throughout New York city.

…According to the predictions of the Family Radio ministry, on May 21 a massive earthquake will shake the world apart, littering the ground with ‘many dead bodies’.

The calculations for Doomsday (or the day we are free to take the Rapturee’s earthly possessions when they head up to paradise) is “explained” in the article:

Taking a passage from 2 Peter 3:8, in which it is said a day for God is like a thousand human years, the church reasoned that seven ‘days’ equals 7000 human years from the time of the flood, making 2011 the year of the apocalypse.

In its second ‘proof’ the exact date is revealed by working forward from the exact date of the of the crucifixion – April 1, 33 AD.

According to their reasoning, there are exactly 722,500 days from April 1, 33 A.D. until May 21, 2011 – the alleged day of judgement.


* Are you rapture ready – fundie billboards say the end is near: May 21, 2011

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Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding