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Rapture Prophecy Versus Global Warming?

From the former news magazine, Time:

Apocalypse Weekend: Harold Camping Says the World Ends Saturday. He’s Said that Before

By Kayla Webley
Friday, May. 20, 2011

In a comfortable office, Bible placed firmly atop his lap, 89-year-old Harold Camping is preaching with utter certainty about the end of the world. "May 21, 2011, is the day of judgment," he says with conviction, in a YouTube video posted last year. "It is the day that ends all gospel salvation activity … It is the most important day by a billion times than any other day the world has ever known." On that day, Camping estimates roughly 207 million people, or about 3% of the world’s population, will be plucked from the earth. What will follow is five months of earthquakes and other calamities until the world officially ends on Oct. 21 of this year.

Wait a minute. Doesn’t this sound a lot like the global warming warnings that we have gotten over the last twenty some years? Except that they are more dire.

After all, the ‘Warmers’ believe that up to 1/3rd of the species on earth are about to die. That a half a billion people will be drowned by rising sea levels. That only 10% of the earth’s population will survive global warming.

And they certainly blame earthquakes along with just about every other natural catastrophe on global warming.

Like all who proselytize the end the world, Camping has spread his message using a small army of followers;


[I]n his case, they’re supported by a substantial budget that by some estimates is more than $100 million.

Of course, thanks to the UN and various governments – including our own, the ‘Global Warmists’ have vastly larger propaganda budgets. Which, all told, probably reach into the hundreds of billions.

There have been stories in the media of families selling their homes, quitting their jobs and budgeting their finances such that by May 21 they will be left with nothing. After all, they won’t need it, right?

Meanwhile, the hysteria about Global Warming have convinced people to do far worse — including trying to kill their own babies.

But Camping has been wrong before. The former engineer, who started the Family Radio network in 1958, predicted in 1992 that the world would end in September 1994. (He also wrote a book, titled 1994?, along the same lines.) When the apocalypse failed to materialize, Camping cited a mathematical error and re-emerged with a new date: May 21, 2011.

And Mr. Camping is different from the Global Warming doomsayers exactly how? In fact, a mere thirty five years ago many of the same people who are touting ‘man-made global warming’ were touting ‘man-made global cooling.’

Despite dubious evidence to support it, the current campaign has garnered a surprising number of followers, who hand out pamphlets, broadcast his message from the backs of trucks and plaster it on billboards nationwide

Check. Only a lot of the ‘Warmer’ propagandists work in academia and the media — and even at NASA.

Throughout history, movements like these have sprung up, especially in times of war or economic and political instability. "When you think your world is going to hell in a handbasket, it’s comforting to say, ‘The world is bad, but God will take me out of this,’" says Doug Weaver, an associate professor of religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, who teaches the history of Christianity. To that end, apocalyptic movements have surfaced in almost every era of chaos: following the Great Fire of London in 1666, for example, or during the U.S. Civil War in the 1860s. The outbreak of World War I unleashed a torrent of end-of-the-world predictions: Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, predicted the second coming of Christ would occur in 1914, which he said would mark the end of time for nonbelievers.

Come to think of it, this might be the best explanation we have heard yet for the onset of Global Warming hysteria.

The most famous example might be that of William Miller, a Baptist preacher who predicted the world would come to an end sometime between March 21, 1843, and March 21, 1844. (When the end didn’t arrive on time, he changed the date to Oct. 22.) It’s been estimated that as many as 100,000 "Millerites" sold their belongings between 1840 and 1844 and took to the mountains to wait for the end.

Actually, we would contend that the professional population bomb Cassandra, Paul Ehrlich, is a far more famous example. Unless, of course, you want to count Al Gore.

"It fits into a cult mentality," Weaver says. "That it’s O.K. to escape and take flight. It’s a very escapist version of religion, but some people are very afraid to die and it’s a very powerful thing to feel as though you are on the winning side."

Yep. That pretty much describes the ‘Warmers’ in a nutshell.

Indeed, when Miller’s prophecy proved false, his followers explained it away, saying the event did in fact occur — we just didn’t notice anything because it only happened in heaven and not on earth — and went on to form the Seventh-Day Adventist movement.

Which, oddly enough, is exactly what the ‘Warmers’ say when their predictions also fail to materialize.

But while history is littered with failed predictions of the apocalypse, that’s no reason to think it might not be just around the corner. In fact, a 2010 poll by the Pew Research Center found that 41% of Americans believe Jesus will return to the earth before 2050. Many Christians firmly believe in the Rapture, which is when the faithful will be swept up from earth into heaven, thus avoiding the seven plagues that herald the end of the world.

So what does the Bible say about preparing for the end? Basically, be on your guard: "Ye know not on what day your Lord will come," as Matthew 24: 42 puts it

Still, the Bible also says that in the ‘end days’ every nation will turn its hand against Israel. So at least there is more evidence for the Rapture being upon us than there is for Global Warming.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 20th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “Rapture Prophecy Versus Global Warming?”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    Good. I’ll be at the Happiest Place on Earth tomorrow, yes Disneyland, so maybe if the timing’s right I’ll poof right off of Space Mountain.

    Every cult or religion has their end of times story. The Rapture is the only one that doesn’t essentially abandon ALL of creation to randomness, just the one’s whose actions have reflected a belief in the superiority of randomness.

    For instance, a bit of sarcasm in regards to my home of California, following the Japan Quake:

    “No divine miracle is going to save us from sheer odds at this rate. We’re due for ours any time. It could just come in any number of a form of disasters. Most of them have already been played out in Hollywood movies. Especially alien invasion. We’re very ready for aliens and zombies.” http://sweetness-light.com/archive/japan-quake-means-increased-spending#comment-197522

    And then there’s this from the CDC: http://hotair.com/archives/2011/05/19/bad-news-cdc-now-issuing-advice-on-how-to-prepare-for-the-zombie-apocalypse/

    How many times have we noted that even the jokes Conservatives make end up coming true?

    Perhaps I need to readjust how I opened this post. Oi.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Oh Goody……….I finally get to use my “World’s coming to an end” lawn chair set
    with matching steak knives!

  3. preparing4theworst says:

    You left out the MOST important cult (although it was very brief and almost completely unnoticed) I read once of a small group that firmly believed the Beatles were the second coming so they moved (of course) up in the mountains and waited……and the next thing that happened was the recording and release of Rocky Racoon…..the cultists changes their mind……

  4. Maybe global warming kicks in tomorrow? That way we can be a ball of fire and do it right.

  5. Right of the People says:

    Well, the anti-christ (Spike) is already here. At least that much of the apocalypse is correct.

  6. GetBackJack says:

    These folks have completely missed the seven year Tribulation, the rebuilding of the Third Temple, the murdered two witnesses in Jerusalem whose bodies lie untouched for 3 /12 days, and seen by the entire world. There’s a fair amount of prophecy as yet unfulfilled.

    That said … Camping claims it will all start with a cataclysmic earthquake.

    Well, well, well … what if … a band of truly evil ***heads decide to deploy scalar EM warfare at 6pm tomorrow in order to reap the benefits of an unimaginable disaster, say … like …

    “Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves. So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations. It’s real, and that’s the reason why we have to intensify our efforts, and that’s why this is so important.”

    April 28, 1997
    DoD News Briefing: Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen
    Cohen’s keynote address at the Conference on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and U.S. Strategy at the Georgia Center, Mahler Auditorium, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

  7. ResLight says:

    Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, predicted the second coming of Christ would occur in 1914, which he said would mark the end of time for nonbelievers.

    The statements concerning Charles Taze Russell need some correction.

    The Jehovah’s Witnesses organization was created by Joseph Rutherford after Russell died. Russell never believed in such an authoritarian and sectarian organization, and even preached against such authoritarianism. Additionally, his central message was almost the opposite of that which the JWs preach.

    Russell was not expecting Christ to return in 1914; in 1876, Russell accepted Barbour’s conclusion that Christ had returned in 1874. Russell died in 1916 still believing that Christ had returned in 1874; he never mentioned any return of Christ in 1914. From 1904 onward, Russell was expecting the “time of trouble” to begin in 1914, which I believe it did, and we are still in that time of trouble, and may be in it for many years yet to come.

    I am not sure what is meant by the statement that he said that 1914 would mark the end time for unbelievers. It sounds like this may be attributing Rutherford’s later doctrine to Russell. Russell did not believe that Armageddon was to eternally destroy billions of unbelievers as Rutherford taught. Russell believed that the time of trouble was to chastise the unbelievers, preparing them to be blessed by God’s Kingdom. As I stated, his central message — the ransom for all — was almost the opposite of that later taught by Rutherford and the JWs.

    For more on Russell, his expectations regarding 1914, etc., see:

  8. Chase says:

    As the magic hour has passed here….

    I can’t help but wonder if we will hear about these “religious zealots” (being nice here) who gave up homes, jobs, car keys, and bank accounts (really, how many could there be?) suing the gov’t for not protecting them from their misplaced faith, or requesting more regulation on freedoms of speech, such as that of Mr. Camping, or just ending up on the welfare rolls…

  9. U NO HOO says:

    If the world ends do we get a refund on our ginzu 50 years knives?

  10. canary says:

    “in the ‘end days’ every nation will turn its hand against Israel.”

    The bible gives a much hopeful version than the global warmers. Several years ago when my paranoid
    neighbor convinced my too young son the earth was going to catch on fire by the sun. Imagine every day in summer worrying your going to catch on fire. Took about a year of reminding him what the bible says. And lucky he didn’t read Al Gore’s prediction of the earth having 1 more year left.

    I must angry that Obama went from “I” “I”, it was “I ordered” the capture of Bin Laden.

    The the sob turns around and tells the world the “U.S. people” “we” “we” “we” determined Israel must do what “we” the “US people” say to do. Imagine. My now older son says that by reading Animal Farm
    in school, he has learned that Obama uses a lot of communistic grammer forms things whatever in Obama’s speeches, after I told him of Obama’s latest words to the world.

    Reminds me of how a woman has a child and goes away for a while and then he comes back as the anti-Christ. Tongue in cheek. No one knows.

    Many Christians believe Obama’s actions like partial birth abortion puts our entire nation in condemnation according to the bible in which many of our countries civil laws are based upon. Not just the ten commandments given by Moses.

    David the King of Israel was a Jew who saved Israel from foreign country taking over.
    How come Obama can’t go back deeper in history than 1964

    How to put global warmers and religious end of earth people at ease.


    The bible does not say the entire earth will end. There will be those from every nation saved, so lets get over the fear what Obama has declared in all our names does not condemn us all. The bible goes into a quarter of the earth will be destroyed at this time in the future. It says a third of the earth will burn, before it’s saved.

    So many seas and countries have been renamed since the bible was written that I don’t pay attention to what many bible scholars say.

    But, Obama gave his own personal bad biblical anti-Christ sign that this nation will not be judged for.

    I would not want to be the country to set foot or bomb Israel, a country described as a great merchant in the world, a great exporter and importer to attack Israel. The bible says Israel will win. And it will take7 months to clean up the blood. And I think we should look at things more abstract as indirectly and directly,
    along with the growing People on this earth who want to Kill the Jews…and Christians.

    Have we forgot that Communism may start with the Jews, but it is to destroy any belief in God or Jesus Christ.

    Amazing Obama laughs at our U.S. Borders being overrun by drug cartels and the Hezbollah’s and dirty bombers Jose Padilla.
    Amazing Obama at a time he is suppose to be sanctioning Iran who threats to destroy Israel and the United States of America is now giving them 2 year carte blanch VISA’s again laughing at any border between the USA and Iran.
    But, he can tell tiny Israel what to do?

    Let’s go a little deeper than Obama’s life long anti-Jewish embellished life. His mother was raised a Methodist. Very liberal anti-Jewish religion.

    And then recalling Obama’s story in Dreams while dating a white woman, that he kept taking her to black plays, to relive his stage performance at Occidental where he looks across the ocean for freedom. (I think Obama meant he wants to go back to Africa for his freedom. Go for it. The borders don’t stop you)
    His white girlfriend after such a play in Chicago, confronts Obama about his deep-seated hatred of whites and America. She points out the Holocaust (not the first to confront Obama’s treatment as his poor treatment towards Mexicans was confronted at Occidental college when he trashed a hotel room and laughed at Mexican maids crying as they cleaned his vile) belittled them to include his time as Senator.
    Obama, says it’s diffrerent for the Jews? They get in an argument, he pushes her way. She cries.

    Yes, to Obama it’s different. You, can cross the seas as you have your entire life since early childhood, and at the highest magnitude of anyone in the Universe on this day.

    Israel who is a modern westernized intelligent tiny country in the belly of the beast can’t even got to
    the UK, or Europe. Israel is trapped. They live with gasmasks, maps, instructions, sirens, like a prison.

    Yet, tourism of Christians increases to Israel. I guess it’s $ cheaper to visit the Holy Land now. Because Christians who know the bible feel safe at the Holy Land.
    Still, Obama has put Israels economy at great jeopardy, especially the beautiful Spring time.
    Kind of like Obama saying U.S. Christians can visit and walk your Holy Land which you have to have military guard us, but Obama will shun the Leader of Israel as if he has a disease. No dinners, bows, parties, gift bags.

    So, Obama must make personal amends to the U.S. and Israel for his words of great weapons against
    the Holy Land. The very least, is Obama take responsibility for his communist speech in which he blames the people of the U.S. to reverse our history of U.S. Soldiers and our relatives who fought to free the Jews and prevent the communism that he and some of his relatives promoted.

    Herman Cain (R) Presidential Candidate asked America if they want a “reader?” or a “leader?”.
    Reading from the teleprompter is least of our worries with Obama as U.S. President. It’s the anti-American, anti-Jew, anti-White, anti-Christian garbage he has read his entire life, aside his telling of thinking up dirty filthy poetry for Frank in Hawaii. Poems that called on slapping the black man’s white b**** wives. Even after Obama says he feverishly became a muslim like MalcomX, he continued his drugs and womanizing for years. And there’s this thing with muslim suicide instigators who like porno.

    So, personally, I think the Israel border is an issue for Republican candidates to take-up. It can bring up the muslim problem the world has, history, friendship, and even religion in that a majority of U.S. would rather visit the Holy Land than 3rd world countries.

    • canary says:

      Herman Cain (R) candidate was awesome today !!!! In his speech he said real clear politics means saying “if you mess with Israel, you mess with the U.S. !” Take heed cowardly GOP mumbling leaders.

    • tranquil.night says:

      In many respects I’d feel more secure in Israel right now than here, as odd as that sounds. It’s been thriving regardless of being constantly under attack, it will continue to do so regardless, especially with a true stud like BiBi at the helm. Sure they have their wide range of political demographics including socialists, but there’s much less chance for them to fog certain issues up fog when the reality of geography and history make the challenges so clear.

      “The bible says Israel will win.”

      Indeed, and in tact.

      Hopefully, the Moose-limbs, now titularly being lead by the dynamic duo Ahmadman/Khamenei, and whatshisface – Qaradawi – find hydrogen bombs a more persuasive deterrent than the promise of Isaiah. I don’t think either are going to stop the lunatics anymore anymore, these aren’t Red Commies that understand Mutually Assured Destruction. These are fanatics who will willingly embrace their own worldly destruction if it means yours as well. We tried our best for Iraq to be that beacon for a new choice/future, but in the end Isaiah’s promise will likely just have to be fulfilled. Supposedly there’s some benign sect of Islam out there, but from what I’ve learned about the major denominations, you’re never going to reform it without fundamentally changing it.

      Hope everyone’s still with us! We do have a world to save, as it happens.

  11. Not so fast says:

    Maybe he meant Pacific Daylight Savings time and not Eastern………….. I’m just sayin…………

  12. bobdog says:

    Meh. I think I’m gonna hold off paying my bills until Monday.

  13. canary says:

    A California Animal Control Rapture Nut squad has seized man’s furry friends even though earthquake did not hit Denver.

    If only California worried so much of illegal critters with AK-47’s and drugs crossing their boarder.


  14. Flession says:

    I had a liberal acquaintance bring up this as a prime example of “all religious lunacy”, as per his words.

    Now you’ve given me a excellent perspective to retort him with: thanks Steve :)

  15. wirenut says:

    Bummer Man!!! I still have to fire up my mower again? I was sooo looking forward to never doing that task again, for eternity. Bummer! Well, “Mother Earth” is going to pay dearly for this missed forecast by Mr. Camping. That’s Right, I’m opening my own can of apocalypse on my yard.
    15 Hp, 45 inch cut, internal combustion engine whackmaster! None will be spared my blades. As I charge on to righteousness (uniform height), I’ll be spewing carbon emissions with glee. Looking back on my side discharge of destruction, I’ll know they earned it. Plus it’s good mulch for the plants I’ve enslaved in the garden. So as you come home from your Sunday services today, think about this. Get out there and mow! Who would ever attend any apocalypse if their yard isn’t kept proper? So git yer motor runn’n, The End Is Near.

  16. canary says:

    Tranquil.night. I agree.

    The good news and bad news.

    The Obama’s have gotten a real taste of status and money. If he loses, he has that freedom to do and go where ever he wants, as he feels confined. He and his wife can make a fortune. Books, speeches, and celebrity life. Celebrities children have a real edge in getting into show biz too.

    The bad news. Is Obama’s personality traits makes the “idea of losing” at anything, a nightmare for his ego to withstand, so he will put up a fight. And he will do as all the last minute damage he can do to America if he feels he’s losing their support.

  17. Chase says:


    Obama has no class whatsoever, as evidenced by his lack of manliness, petulance, and willingness to shoulder responsibility. As an ex- he will most certainly continue to harp from the sidelines at the drop of a hat, and offer criticism where ex-presidents are expected to sit quietly and do something else. Perhaps he has a talent for hanging curtains…

    It would be nice, and more likely than his shutting up and disappearing that he will get an invite to come be king or such in some African sub-division. Perhaps The Sudan and it’s southern half will be looking for a rent-a-dictator. He has certainly pumped a lot of air into his resume for such.

    Of course, to create much of an empire, he would have to have sired a son. Not sure he has it in him….

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