But today is the day that Oakland, Calif. preacher Harold Camping confidently predicts the world will end. At approximately 6 P.M., he claims that about two percent of the world’s population will be saved and the rest will suffer an eternity in Hell.
Camping, an 89-year-old former civil engineer certainly grabbed the world’s attention with his predictions, and raised nearly $120 million dollars from listeners of his Family Radio Network from the time he made his last prediction of the world’s demise in 1994.
After studying the bible for nearly 70 years, he says he’s developed a mathematical system that states that this time the end is guaranteed because May 21, 2011 is 722,500 days from April 1, 33AD, which he believes was the day of the Crucifixion.
So why is the number 722,500 important? Because it’s the product of multiplying the squares of the three holy numbers (5, 10 and 17), he says.
I’m just not sure why 5, 10 and 17 are holy numbers, or why he decided to multiply them twice? And I’ve never been good with math, which now that makes me happier than ever. Besides, while I’m not an expert on the Bible, I do recall a passage we were taught in Catholic School that says man does not know when the Son will return.
I don’t want to put down anyone’s faith, but I doubt this man has the answer. I believe God enjoys a little more mystery than that.