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Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 05/19/2011

How will you spend your last day before the world ends?

R.E.M. and Michael Stipe have been telling us about “The End of the World as We Know It” since 1987. They just didn’t have an exact date. “LEONARD BERNSTEIN!” (By Steffen Schmidt/Keystone via Associated Press)
Sorry, but the End of the World As We Know It is just about here. It’s Saturday to be exact. According to a group inspired by radio preacher Harold Camping, there will be a gigantic earthquake Saturday, featuring the much-anticipated rapture (watch out for unoccupied cars!), Mr. Camping and his followers have warned. And then:

The earthquake will be so powerful it will throw open all graves. The remains of all the believers who have ever lived will be instantly transformed into glorified spiritual bodies to be forever with God.

On the other hand the bodies of all unsaved people will be thrown out upon the ground to be shamed. The inhabitants who survive this terrible earthquake will exist in a world of horror and chaos beyond description. Each day people will die until October 21, 2011, when God will completely destroy this earth and its surviving inhabitants.

So that doesn’t sound so good. Camping’s followers flooded the media with warning e-mails last month, and then drove billboards around the country to warn the populace.

One Manassas real estate agent picked up on the hysteria with this Craigslist posting: “If May 21st is doomsday, better get in this house before it’s too late.”

So Friday is our last day before the earthquake, the rapture, the shame and then the complete destruction. How will you spend it?

What else might you do? Post it in the comments.

Here’s a list of other Judgment Days and a video interview with Harold Camping.

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