If you are reading this, then you were not taken in the May 21 rapture. That, or 2011 has joined the list of years known for Judgment Day predictions that didn’t come true: 1914, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1953, 1960, 1967, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1986-1989, 1991-2001, 2004, 2007 and 2008.
That’s just within the past 100 years, and a number of those later predictions are owned by Harold Camping, who made headlines with his prediction that 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, would bring the Christian rapture and that the world would be destroyed Oct. 21.
It’s difficult not to find humor in this latest in a series of prophetic mispronouncements. Back in 1987, when R.E.M. sang “Six o’clock, TV hour. Don’t get caught in foreign towers,” were they really speaking of the end of the world as we know it?
Sadly, too many who follow the Harold Campings of the world sell their possessions, quit jobs and sever relationships in preparation for that hour they are certain will come. Doomsday predictions even lead some to contemplate suicide.
Tragic that so many stake their livelihoods and lives on such predictions, when Jesus himself (in Matthew 24) said a day and date could not be known.
Which leads us to today. It is, indeed, the end of the world as we know it, just as tomorrow will be, should it arrive.
Because it is the only day you have, here’s more advice from Matthew 24: Don’t be alarmed by what you see happening. Stand firm. Be faithful and wise.
The Reporter Herald, Loveland, Colo. (May 26)