Save the date!

End times are near. And by near, we mean Saturday. Christian talk radio host Harold Camping and his followers believe that the world will end May 21, at 6 p.m. (is that ET?). Mark your calendars. If you hadn’t yet heard of this weekend’s Judgment Day, an array of signs, billboards and bumper stickers are spreading the news around the world, sometimes in the most unlikely of places.

"The Bible Guarantees It!" declares Camping’s Family Radio website and its global diaspora of accompanying billboards. Photo: Flickr/Steven Brown

May 21, 2011: Save the Date 

"The Bible Guarantees It!" declares Camping’s Family Radio website and its global diaspora of accompanying billboards. Photo: Flickr/Steven Brown

Harold Camping being interviewed in 2011. Camping has sworn that this imminent end is proven in the Bible. "I would be absolutely in rebellion against God if I thought anything other than it is absolutely going to happen without any question," he told New York magazine. (He blames inadequate research for his previous forecast that the world would end in September 1994.) Photo: Flickr/ChristReturns2011

May 21, 2011: Save the Date 

Harold Camping being interviewed in 2011. Camping has sworn that this imminent end is proven in the Bible. "I would be absolutely in rebellion against God if I thought anything other than it is absolutely going to happen without any question," he told New York magazine. (He blames inadequate research for his previous forecast that the world would end in September 1994.) Photo: Flickr/ChristReturns2011

This billboard in Los Angeles reminds you to check your calendar. Photo: Flickr/Stefan Kloo

May 21, 2011: Save the Date 

This billboard in Los Angeles reminds you to check your calendar. Photo: Flickr/Stefan Kloo

Spreading the word to Spanish-speaking San Franciscans, Hipstamatic style. Photo: Flickr/Steve Rhodes

May 21, 2011: Save the Date 

Spreading the word to Spanish-speaking San Franciscans, Hipstamatic style. Photo: Flickr/Steve Rhodes

Just a little reminder on Route 12 in Minnesota. Photo: Flickr/Tom Whitten

May 21, 2011: Save the Date 

Just a little reminder on Route 12 in Minnesota. Photo: Flickr/Tom Whitten

Allison Warden of Raleigh, N.C., poses with her car. Warden helps get out the message through billboards, postcards and the website WeCanKnow.com Photo: AP/Gerry Broome

May 21, 2011: Save the Date 

Allison Warden of Raleigh, N.C., poses with her car. Warden helps get out the message through billboards, postcards and the website WeCanKnow.com Photo: AP/Gerry Broome

Modified cab-over camper somewhere in Illinois. "It begins" first with an epic earthquake, Camping says. Photo: Flickr/Jonathan Lidbeck

May 21, 2011: Save the Date 

Modified cab-over camper somewhere in Illinois. "It begins" first with an epic earthquake, Camping says. Photo: Flickr/Jonathan Lidbeck

One driver believes. And there's always a captive audience riding in the backseat of this Oakland, Calif., taxi cab. Photo: Flickr/Several seconds

May 21, 2011: Save the Date 

One driver believes. And there's always a captive audience riding in the backseat of this Oakland, Calif., taxi cab. Photo: Flickr/Several seconds

Handing out leaflets in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Flickr/Newtown grafitti

May 21, 2011: Save the Date 

Handing out leaflets in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Flickr/Newtown grafitti

Sixty-four shopping days left, as of March 17, 2011. Photo: Flickr/Stefan Kloo

May 21, 2011: Save the Date 

Sixty-four shopping days left, as of March 17, 2011. Photo: Flickr/Stefan Kloo

Torontonians in the financial district were alerted accordingly on May 6, 2011. Photo: Flickr/oileanach

May 21, 2011: Save the Date 

Torontonians in the financial district were alerted accordingly on May 6, 2011. Photo: Flickr/oileanach

Getting the word out in the Big Apple in March. Photo: Flickr/Stefan Kloo

May 21, 2011: Save the Date 

Getting the word out in the Big Apple in March. Photo: Flickr/Stefan Kloo

The alleyways of Los Angeles need reminders, too. Photo: Flickr/skinnylawyer

May 21, 2011: Save the Date 

The alleyways of Los Angeles need reminders, too. Photo: Flickr/skinnylawyer

A considerate driver. Photo: Flickr/Vaguely Artistic

May 21, 2011: Save the Date 

A considerate driver. Photo: Flickr/Vaguely Artistic

This guy started early. Getting out the message on the morning of President Obama's inauguration in D.C. Photo: Flickr/Karl Friedhoff

May 21, 2011: Save the Date 

This guy started early. Getting out the message on the morning of President Obama's inauguration in D.C. Photo: Flickr/Karl Friedhoff

The Rapture, gone political. Photo: Flickr/Eddie Codel

May 21, 2011: Save the Date 

The Rapture, gone political. Photo: Flickr/Eddie Codel

 

Comments

  • Sallyprn

     I notice that in the photo of the 2 black guys in Sydney, Australia the green/white shirt says May 21, 2011 while the date on the blue shirt says October 21, 2011. Is this the fall back date in case it doesn’t happen on 5/21/11?

  • jeanne

    I worry about these people, and how they will handle May 22nd… If only we could all open our hearts and embrace life on this beloved earth.

  • Cunningpike

    From what I have read, May 21 is Rapture, when the blessed among us will be transported to Heaven. The rest of us poor sinners get to party along with assorted plagues, earthquakes, famine and pestilence until October 21, when we will be flung into Hell.

  • Csahrens2001

    Jesus said that even he did not know the time of the end. Guess these idiots think they know more than Jesus.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1025775333 Beth Stika

     I really wonder what they will be thinking if God decides to send Jesus the day before?  Or what about six months or years from now?  People need to stop trying to BE God or try to out-think Him!  All of them are in my prayers…

  • RASIBOU1

    REMEMBER WHEN JAH SEND JONAS TO NINIVA? SO STOP PLAYING GOD.JAH IS THE MOST MERCIFULL.PREACH LOVE NOT DESTRUCTION .SELAH.