(Originally published in Guyana’s Kaieteur News on 11 May 2011)
I have often wondered with amusement about how many times in my short
lifetime of 42 years that someone has prophesied that the end of the
world would come on a specific date. It has happened many times – and
each time the specified day comes and goes and nothing happens.
I remember when Ronald Reagan was elected president of the United States
and there were some who preached that he was the anti-christ because
his first, middle and last name all contained six letters – 666! Egads! I
was 12 years old at the time and the whole fiasco was more than a bit
There have been several judgment-day close calls for us humans in our
past, yet we have somehow found the ability to remain unscathed by all
of the doomsdays that have come and gone. I am not sure if it is our
doomsday prowess that has saved us thus far, but we have obviously
escaped the end of the world to this point.
The latest prophecy, which maintains that the end of the world will come
on May 21 at exactly 6pm (sunset in Jerusalem) has preachers going all
over the world to save us from judgment. I even saw some billboards on
the Texas highway during a 15-hour drive last Saturday. Will the human
race be able to escape this doomsday as well?
A Kaieteur News article on May 6 entitled, “Group preaches May 21
doomsday to Berbicians,” detailed the warnings of this group telling
those in Berbice of the impending doom. The article said, “…the May 21
Judgment Day message they preach, originated from careful analysis and
study of the Bible by General Manager and President of Family Radio,
In 1992, Camping predicted the end of the world would be in 1994.
Humanity obviously escaped that time. Hopefully we can do the same again
on the 21st of this month. I am willing to wager a bet that come May
22, humans will have found a way to escape one more doomsday.
Unfortunately, Harold Camping is not the only one who likes to make
doomsday predictions. Concerning Christians, Jesus was the first one to
talk about the end of the world. In fact, in Matthew 24 he even
predicted the end times would be in the year 1 AD.
This same Bible chapter Christians use to derive the signs of the end
times such as “ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars,” and “nation
shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall
be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places,” and
the teaching of the “great tribulation,” and the teaching of the rapture
– “he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they
shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of
heaven to the other,” also states, “Verily I say unto you, this
generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.”
These statements were made by Jesus in response to verse three, “And as
he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately,
saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign
of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”
His disciples asked two questions of him – what will be the sign of his
coming and of the end of the world. Jesus answered both questions when
he told them what signs they could look for and that their generation
would not pass away until all of the signs were fulfilled.
Doomsday prophecies continue. On the Website,
www.bible.ca/pre-date-setters, there are over 200 “end time” prophecies
that have been recorded. Here are just a few of those:
- (53 AD) In the year 53 AD, even before all the books of the Bible were
written, there was talk that Christ’s return had already taken place.
The Thessalonians panicked on Paul, when they heard a rumor that the day
of the Lord was at hand, and they had missed the rapture.
- (500) A Roman priest and theologian in the second and third centuries,
predicted Christ would return in A.D. 500, based on the dimensions of
- (1000) The year 1000 AD goes down as one of the most pronounced states
of hysteria over the return of Christ. All members of society seemed
affected by the prediction that Jesus was coming back on Jan 1, 1000 AD.
There really weren’t any of the events required by the Bible
transpiring at that time. The magical number 1000 was primarily the sole
reason for the expectation. During December 999 AD, everyone was on
their best behavior; worldly goods were sold and given to the poor,
swarms of pilgrims headed east to meet the Lord at Jerusalem, buildings
went unrepaired, crops were left unplanted, and criminals were set free
from jails. The year 999 AD turned into 1000 AD and nothing happened.
- (1988) The book “88 Reasons Why the Rapture is in 1988” came out only a few months before the event was to take place.
- (1989) After the passing of the deadline in 88 Reason’s, the author,
Edgar Whisenaunt, came out with a new book called “89 Reasons why the
Rapture is in 1989.” This book sold only a fraction of his prior
- (2000) Numerology: If you divide 2000 by 3, you will get the devil’s number 666.66666666666667.
There are so many more of these predictions that I could not have listed
them all if I tried, but the good news is that humans have survived all
doomsdays up until now and let us hope we can survive the one on the
21st of this month, too.
There is one thing I know for sure, if judgment day does come on the
21st, I had better be counted with the saints because I behave far more
“Christian” than 98 percent of the Christians I have known in my entire