Family Radio evangelist Harold Camping is certain “Judgment Day” is coming this Saturday, May 21. On that day, Jesus will return to earth and set into motion a five-month count down to the end of the world.
Camping arrived at the date of May 21 through some complex calculations he says are drawn from the Bible. In case you’re perplexed, as many biblical scholars are, we’ve drawn out the calculations for you:
Get it now? If not, Camping will further explain it to you: “Five times 10 times 17 is telling you a story. It’s the story from the time Christ made payment for your sins until you’re completely saved.”
“I tell ya, I just about fell off my chair when I realized that,” he said.
More on May 21, 2011:
— Matthew Paul Turner on the harm that judgment day will do
— The Washington Post’s On Faith section
— Q&A with Baylor University professor of religion Doug Weaver