Countdown to Judgment

Posted on 09 February 2010

A message crafted by an ancient intelligence millennia ago…


encoded with a message critical to the hopes of all mankind…


transmitted to and dutifully recorded by human scribes…


who were unaware of the import of the words they were writing…


published in a collection of books that have been read, studied, and debated for centuries…


the true meaning of which is unlocked at a point in history when enlightened men have gained the ability to decode it…

If you were guessing that this is the plot of an upcoming Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich (creators of Stargate and Independence Day) film or a new Dan Brown (author of Angels and Demons, The DaVinci Code, and The Lost Symbol) novel, you’d have guessed incorrectly.  The scenario summarized actually concerns God, the Bible, the various Books of the Old and New Testaments, the writers of those books, and the Parousia, Rapture, Judgment Day, and End of Time respectively.

And, according to Harold Camping, Founder and President of Family Stations, Inc. – a Christian ministry with global radio and Web broadcast facilities, God has revealed May 21, 2011 as the date for Jesus’ Return and October 21, 2011 as the date on which the Earth and Universe will be destroyed and replaced by the New Creation, God’s everlasting Kingdom.

To understand Mr. Camping’s teachings, one must consider their philosophical underpinnings.  Mr. Camping believes that the Bible is the infallible and only Word of God through which He speaks to His people – that is, those whom he has chosen from before the foundation of the world.  At the time of the Rapture, these are the ones – both those alive on that date and those resurrected from their graves – whose bodies will be transformed into their eternal glorified bodies and who will meet Jesus in the air.  The remainder of the world’s population and lifeless remains of the rest of mankind that will spew forth from the Earth as a result of the great worldwide earthquake of May 21, 2011, will face God’s wrath during the Day of Judgment, the 153-day period concluding with the destruction of the world and universe on October, 21, 2011.

To determine these dates accurately and validate the legitimacy of these predictions, Mr. Camping relies upon two other fundamental principles:  first, Biblical passages must be interpreted in the context of the Bible as a whole, and second, scripture must be compared with scripture to ascertain its true meaning.  Mr. Camping views the Bible as an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.  Thus, while Bible stories may provide historical accounts of actual occurrences, they also are an allegory – symbolizing events and participants in the present day.  And so, the Biblical nation of Israel often symbolizes the Christian Churches and Jerusalem represents Heaven.

But, accurate analysis of the Bible and knowledge regarding the timing of the world’s end depend upon revelation from God, a revelation to his true believers that Mr. Camping asserts could not take place before the commencement of the Great Tribulation.  As evidence, he points to the book of Daniel in the Old Testament and Revelation in the New Testament.  In the 12th Chapter of Daniel, God is speaking to Daniel about end-times and instructs him to “shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end” (Daniel 12:4).  In Revelation Chapters 5 through 8, Christ opens a book with seven seals.

Mr. Camping, analyzing these chapters in the context of the Bible as a whole, indicates that the book in Revelation is the very same book mentioned in Daniel.  According to Mr. Camping, the final seal on that book was broken on May 21, 1988, the date that he correlates with the beginning of the Great Tribulation – a 23-year period ending with the Rapture on May 21, 2011 and commencement of the Day of Judgment.

During the Great Tribulation, Mr. Camping posits, Satan is loosed on the Earth, and his rule extends even to the Churches.  Thus, true believers, those chosen by God who will join Jesus at the Rapture, have left the Churches and those remaining, including clergy, are following and proselytizing a false Gospel and actually engaging in apostasy.  Needless to say, Mr. Camping’s teachings are not popular among those in the traditional Christian denominations.

Yet, Mr. Camping is undeterred, unequivocal, and supremely confident in spreading the Word as he perceives it.  He points to a number of “proofs” provided by God that indicate that his calculations have been done accurately.  These proofs rely heavily upon numerology.

Mr. Camping, like many others Biblical scholars, attributes spiritual significance to certain numbers.  The number 3, he asserts is representative of “God’s purpose.”  The number 5 signifies “atonement” or “redemption.”  10 or 100 or 1,000 represent “completeness.”  The number 17 is associated with “heaven.”  And, 23 signifies “destruction.”

While it is not my intention to present all of the proofs revealed, I will highlight the techniques employed to give readers a sense for their nature and substance.  Mr. Camping has calculated that Jesus’ crucifixion took place on April 1, 33 A.D. and bases this date on a study of the Biblical information on Jesus’ life along with known historical data.  The Crucifixion marked the beginning of what Camping refers to as the Church Age, that ended with the commencement of the Great Tribulation on May 21, 1988.  The length of the Church Age, therefore, was 1955 years.  The number 1955 is the product of three prime numbers:  5 x 17 x 23.  Thus, “atonement” or “redemption” brings “Heaven” or brings God’s “destruction,” a phrase echoing 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 – “15For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.”

Furthermore, there are 722,500 days between Jesus’ crucifixion and his return on May 21, 2011.  722,500 is the product of two repeating sets of spiritually significant numbers:  5 x 10 x 17 x 5 x 10 x 17.  Mr. Camping interprets this as “The atonement or redemption demonstrated by Christ’s suffering and death on April 1, 33 A.D. (the number 5) is 100% completed on May 21, 2011 (the number 10) when all the true believers are raptured into Heaven (the number 17).”  The sequence is doubled to “indicate that it has been established by God and will shortly come to pass” in accordance with Genesis 41:32, “And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.”

In 1970, Camping published a book entitled The Biblical Calendar of History in which he calculated the date of the Creation as 11,013 B.C. and of the Great Flood as 4,990 B.C.  According to the Genesis account, the Great Flood occurred on the 17th day of the second month of the Hebrew calendar.  This equates to May 21st of our modern calendar.  In 2 Peter 3:8, God stated, “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”  If you add 4,990 + 2,011 and subtract 1 (to account for the fact that there was no year 0), you arrive at the number 7000 – making May 21, 2011 exactly 7,000 years from the date of the Great Flood.  And by May 21, 2011, the world is projected to have nearly 7 billion people inhabiting it.  Oh, by the way, did I mention that the number 7 represents “spiritual perfection?”

Is Harold Camping correct that on May 21, 2011, this world will be “perfected” with Jesus’ return to collect the true believers and usher in 153 days of God’s wrath and judgment ending with total annihilation of mankind and this universe and creation of a new Heaven and new Earth?  Or, will he join such notables as William Miller, a Baptist preacher and founder of what would become the Seventh Day Adventist Church who concluded that Christ’s Second Coming and the end of the world would occur sometime between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844, or for that matter himself, who questioned (albeit without his current level of conviction) whether 1994 might signal Jesus’ long-awaited return?

Obviously, the jury is still out on this question.  Yet, if you consider yourself to be a Christian, is the thought of Christ’s imminent return a source of hope or fear for you?  And, whether a Christian or not, do you number yourself among the many who intuit events portending imminent disaster?

Is Harold Camping a prophet of the Lord or a product of a civilization drifting aimlessly from crisis to crisis while desperately seeking answers?  Is time running out?


For more information, visit the Family Radio Website ( where you will find literature ( providing information of intricate detail on the subjects discussed in this article.

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 Assembling the Timeline of History – Part II

Assembling the Timeline of History – Part III


Assembling the Timeline of History – Part IV


Judgment Day: Less than One-Half Year Away


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289 Responses to “Countdown to Judgment”

  1. iGreg says:

    Well done, and I think objective, article on this important subject. One criticism is the defining Mr. Campings exegesis as “numerology”. According to online Free Dictionary the definition of numerology is:

    “The study of the occult meanings of numbers and their supposed influence on human life.”

    Mr. Camping treats the numbers mentioned in the bible just like any other words in the Bible and compares scripture with scripture. The Bible defines itself. It can not be denied that God uses some numbers repeatedly in the Bible. Anyone using a concordance can immediately confirm this. Since all scripture is profitable (2 Timothy 3.16) then God put those numbers in the Bible for a reason.

    All in all, however,I believe this article is the fairest of the secular media’s reports on this most vital issue concerning ALL of mankind.

  2. Joel says:

    We are having a good dialog about this over here…

    The scriptural orientation is different from family radio’s presentation, and is not as vigorous and difficult to follow.

  3. Luke says:

    This is funny.
    Hey you got your times messed up:
    7,000th year worldwide anniversary of the Noachian Flood of 17 Iyar/Ziv(or the 2nd month) 4990BC.

    It is more near to 4000 than 5000 years, example of this is the age of the Sahara.

    The Sahara Desert is only 1300 miles North to South and it is growing at the rate of four miles per year. Geophysicists announced recently that “the Sahara Desert is about 4,000 years old” based on extensive studies of growth patterns of the Sahara desert, (quoted from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. July 15, 1999 Geophysical Research Letters).

    Using a new computer simulation of the Earth’s climate, German scientists say that the Sahara underwent a brutal climate change about 4,000 years ago. BBC News Friday, July 9, 1999 Published at 12:37 GMT 13:37 UK

    There are more info on this if you research.

    birth of Christ in 7BC
    Sad but not correct, the date is 4 BC not 7.
    Jesus was born shortly before the death of Herod the Great in 4 BC.

    Anyways your time lines is not accurate.

    My opinion is tho that Jesus Christ is coming soon.

  4. james says:

    Hello Luke,

    God is preparing His entrance, the wedding is set, the bride will be ready, most will be warned.

    Many may even show up on the wedding date, and plead their case, and be told by Jesus “away from me I never new you”. Some will be there but with out a wedding garment, check it out;

    Matthew 22:

    12And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

    13Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

  5. james says:

    Hello Luke,

    What is the wedding garment?

    That would be found in Isaiah 61:10,


  6. iron work nj says:

    God is preparing His entrance, the wedding is set, the bride will be ready, most will be warned.

    Many may even show up on the wedding date, and plead their case, and be told by Jesus “away from me I never new you”. Some will be there but with out a wedding garment, check it out;

  7. Nor S says:

    Harold Camping was wrong in 1994, he will be wrong again. I have a free pamphlet that examines this teaching and its basis from a biblical perspective. Let’s be like the Bereans who “searched the Scriptures daily, [to know] whether those things [that they were being taught] were so” (Acts 17:11).

    You can receive a free copy of this pamphlet by sending a self-addressed, stamped (#10) envelope to:

    Calvary Baptist Church (5/21),
    P.O. Box 594,
    Larkspur, California 94977.

  8. james says:

    Hello iron work nj,

    The end time Gospel is going out around the globe. A Google of May 21, 2011 news, or billboards, will reveal a great deal.

    This verse teaches us about the message is the witness of the eminent return of Our Lord.

    Matthew 24:14

    And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

    Peace to you,

  9. Billy Bob says:

    I’m really sure you know the exact date of the end of the world (judgement). Really I doubt that, nor does it matter. Pamphlets nor the Bible will save you, but that you live according to the “ruler” the Bible “the Word I said will condemn you” Either way be prepared, good luck.

  10. Vikingmassicre says:

    Damn dirty christians threatening people and spreading your fear; it is time the world purfies itself and restores!! Yea; its gonna be the end of the world alright, for you!! Rise up comman man and don’t take this shit anymore!!!

  11. james says:

    Hello All,

    God’s Word is The Truth, and it encourages, educates, and is the source of Wisdom.

    Numbers 6:24-26 encourages;

    The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:

    The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

    The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

  12. David says:

    I too am curious because it was on the floor “Judgment day, 5/21/11” in front of me inside the Port bus terminal in NYC. I was on my way home from my dad’s funeral. Now I have papers to sign and things to sort out. I went off the rails a few months back with hookers and the last one who was really NICE… I ministered to. She was very humble so I know it was not on deaf ears.Anyway, realizing I was a backslider and having trouble with my walk (was asked to become a priest Y2K) with Jesus, I went to a local Methodist church. The lady minister there whose first words were “What happens when we fail to do what our father tells us? We get in trouble.” Immediately, I broke down in tears (I am 50) and cried from sorrow that I did NOT join the Catholic priesthood as asked. Then HE spoke to me: “The first commandment, Love ME”. He said it to me right there! April 10th, 2011.Another time, I was in a Catholic church (Y2k) and the priest said “Please welcome Jesus Christ.” Immediately, I was immersed in “GOD BLISS”, a complete melding in God love, I must say it was orgasmic but pure and perfect.STOP going to church??? Don’t think so, no! STOP relying on your church to SAVE you, yeah! Don’t go there if it’s all about bingo, Vegas night or trips overseas for “missions” or working vacations. “Their hearts are far from me” I was told right there on the spot while to preacher was playing Mission Impossible music with shades on, trying to get everyone to go overseas on a mission.PICK THE CHURCH, leave and go to another one of you feel the focus is bogus!As for Harold’s date: I PRAYED and PRAYED on this… I had 2 dreams. One of Jesus watching over his children in a garden and another of me riding some motorcycle-like device all over heaven! Yeah, like I’m 50… huh? The next day, Jesus spoke to me on the front porch: “You’re okay in MY book, David.” “Your salvation is worthless of YOU are not happy and I want YOU to be happy. The priesthood was just a suggestion.” It was HIS plan for my salvation and getting me out of an increasingly EVIL society. Now I spend most my time alone or in the woods talking with Him. Rapture? I have had SEVERAL dreams of myself being part of it BUT we were not taught it under Catholicism.Cheers….Cheers!

  13. james says:

    Hello David,

    God is working one on one with people as we see the day approaching. That is what the word \ourselves\ means in this verse;

    Hebrews 10:25 (King James Version)

    25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

    The Bible says to seek and you shall find. What is it were looking for? That would be the meaning of life, and that would be …? to become one with God through His Word.



  14. Dave says:

    Well, that is true Jim… yeah! We are also supposed to emulate his LOVE on this earth and it is VERY VERY hard to do! I am surrounded by believers (Austin TX) who drown themselves in liquor and drugs anyway. So what good is their salvation? If I say anything, I am verbally abused with responses like “I won’t be in any rapture anyway, I think I’m one of the Lords old warriors” and “There is nothing after this life anyway”. Yeah… know whom that was from?

    YET ANOTHER BLUE-EYED DEVIL. Something else which was revealed to me at Y2K out in the desert: Don’t expect to see too many blue eyes in eternity: HINT. No humility. Search your soul on this, you know it’s true and always has been. Their known as “Luciferians” and are not allowed in the upper realm of heaven. (More good stuff for all Jesus seekers!)

  15. End Times says:

    Hello Dave!!

    Often God waits until we are at rock bottom and completely empty to come and fill us with His goodness. It is only through the work of God that we may be saved. We too though, must have faith through humility that there is nothing, absolutely nothing beyond His Saving Grace to earn salvation.

    And our days are numbered until the return of the Lord and Judgment Day, only 27 remaining.

    Isaiah 29:

    18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.

    God Bless; ET

  16. Dave says:

    Willing to bet “Vikingmassicre” is yet ANOTHER one of them!

  17. james says:

    Hello End Times My Friend,

    Glad to see you, and words of encouragement and exhorting come to mind.

    Hebrews 10:25 (King James Version)

    Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

    As ye see the day approaching, we must exhort, and so much more.



  18. dave says:

    Jim, let’s not become a broken record by repeating ourselves… okay?

  19. james says:

    Hello Dave,

    As God is preparing His entrance, the world is quite oblivious or opposed to this event.

    Where would we all be, if Noah did not yield to God’s instructions? Think about it!

    Jesus said; Luke 14:26
    If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

    Jesus is the Word of God, which is the Truth; (John 1:1, John 17:17, John 14:6), and we need to serve Him and Him alone.

    This verse is repeated throughout Scripture; Mark 12:

    30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

    3 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

    God first is the lesson, all others and ourselves, we would hate, if they or we were to stand in the way of God and His Word.

    God has basically separated the wheat from the tares, we earnestly are praying for many, but God has spoken excessively on this matter, and we must embrace the Truth.

    Matthew 12:30
    He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

    The tares are not gathering, and therefore are against God and His Word.

    The Wheat has this in common, that God has announced the Day, and is warning. We also have some verses to comfort, as well as challenge us.

    When God speaks of the catching up (the rapture), (I Thessalonians 4:13-18) in verse 18 it says;

    1 Thessalonians 4:18
    Wherefore comfort one another with these words

    And let God speak to you through this Word as well;

    Hebrews 10:25 (King James Version)

    Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

    This verse is reminding us that as the Day (May 21, 2011) is approaching, we are to assemble ourselves, which means one on one with God. And last but not least, we are to exhort and much more as the Day is approaching.

    Here is the challenge;

    Luke 18:8
    I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

    The Word of God, or the words of man, which will you Trust?



  20. dave says:

    Question: Once in heaven, what will you discuss?

    Cause after this, I really don’t want to hear anymore broken-record Bible quotes.

  21. Adriana says:

    Oh brother! I love how after the so called doomsday passes and nothing happens, these people go back into whatever hole they climbed out of.

  22. End Times says:

    Hi dave!!

    What would you like to hear?? You must be posting here for a reason, eh?? How about that there are only 9 more days left??

    Peace Out, ET ;*:*;

  23. Jack S. Fogbound says:

    With just about a week to go we all should meet at Times Square NY at Midnight for the final countdown. We could alert NBC,ABC, CNN,anf Fox news with Bill O’Reilly counting down as the Big ball Heralds the Second coming, How’s that for a send off!

  24. james says:

    Hello Friends, one and all,

    End Times is a personal friend, and would like to welcome you here.

    Jack, I believe God is allowing your thought process to align with His. The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ will be welcomed, by His Children, as well as acknowledged by all others.



  25. End Times says:

    Greetings to you Brother James!!

    We are reaching the end of our “detour” on the road of Life.

    Gal. 6:

    9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

    10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

    May God Bless you my Friend; Your Sister ET ;*:*;

  26. james says:

    Hello My Friend,

    To you and all who call on His name;

    Numbers 6:24-26

    The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:

    The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

    The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

    Realize the man that this next verse was spoken to, was on death row, in the midst of his execution;

    Luke 23:43
    And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.



  27. Anonymous says:

    just because some crazy old man said the world is ending, you all believe it? This world is very gullible. He was wrong once and he WILL be wrong again. If god doesn’t know his return, how does this guy know it? False prophets will go to hell.

  28. james says:

    Hello anonymous,

    Are you the same anonymous from the beginning of this thread?

    As to your current post, maybe this will shed some light;

    Now you say no man knows, let’s not forget the thief in the night and Jesus does not know. Yet, none of those things are true for a True Worshipper.

    Mark 13:32 (Young’s Literal Translation)
    32`And concerning that day and the hour no one hath known — not even the messengers who are in the heaven, not even the Son — except the Father.

    In brief, Mark 13:32 the upper case “S” in son was a translator’s error. The son in this verse is not Jesus. The book of Job says the Almighty knows time, and Jesus is the Almighty. Look at it, there are no words accompanying the word Son, like Jesus the Son, or the Son of God.

    Also no one knows was time sensitive, note the word “hath” in the version provided; this is an indication we can know at some later date. Also this included when it was spoken and throughout the church age and until the seals (Daniel 12:4 and Revelation 5-8) were opened than no one knew, but now we know, and God gave many Biblical proofs.

    You did not mention thief in the night, but just because we all are familiar with this teaching, this verse is so clear and we never noticed it before. Please read it several times, even go to your own Bible and see it.

    1 Thessalonians 5:4

    But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

    Remember Noah knew and was in the ark when God closed the door.

    Lot knew when to get out of Sodom and Gomorrah.

    Moses knew when to slaughter the Passover lamb to save the first born.

    And God said;

    Amos 3:7
    Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

  29. varun says:

    u all r mad what the hell u r showing who the hell is u all to tell us about the judgment day. this is the only fack website. u r saying that it ts writen in bible so for your kind information there r 1000s of cast or religen in our earth and only half of the weatern part belive on bible and rest of the people blive in someother thing.sooooo my dear friend pls stop these all thing

  30. Arminius says:

    So eh.

    Nothing happened, did it? Several timezones have already passed the 6 PM mark. That’s right.

    Now here’s what you will do, you will explain this as a miscalculation of sorts, and the date will shift to the 21st of October (the so-called day of the destruction of the world).
    Then guess what? Nothing will happen then either.

    I hope Harold Camping will personally thank your misguidedness and your sheep-like behaviour for supporting his cause. He should thank you for the millions of donation money he has acquired.

    Christianity is a sick, sick joke that has been played on our ancestors, by mass genocide and baptism under the sword – so well displaying the supposed ‘mercy’ of your god – while the bible says non-christians are your brothers(!) who have to be ‘saved’ – not killed by the tens of thousands.

    Just a ploy by the catholic church to create more bishoprics and appoint lands to them, to raise the income of taxes and ‘voluntary’ donations to the church. To gain power.

    Christianity is thus rotten in core and from the start on unfitting to Germanic, Slavic and Italic peoples. The thousands of branches and congregations of christianity clearly show that they just do not feel at home in the principle of christianity.

  31. Jesus Christ says:

    Greeting James,

    Me and my father wish very much that you switch to Muslim beliefs.

  32. rawr says:

    ha. im still here.

  33. Vitaliy says:

    Hello ALL! My name is Vitaliy Kokosko!!!

  34. creacion paginas web says:

    This is very informative. I was looking for these things and here I found it. I am doing a project on end time predictions and this information is very useful for me. Thank you for posting this!

  35. Val says:

    Are we still counting down?

  36. Archos says:

    I’m so lucky to have found this webpage. You actually have caused me to go back and take heed of the admonitions in the Bible!

  37. common sense says:

    So when is the next doomsday date going to be? Any ideas?

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