• 1. An 89-year-old radio broadcaster named Harold Camping is behind the May 21, 2011 “end of the world” movement. Harold Camping has been in charge of the Family Radio Christian network since 1961.

  • 2. Previously, Harold Camping predicted the world would end in 1994, but that was a false alarm. Blame the question mark.

    Harold says, “I thought that at that time that there was a possibility it might be 1994, and so I wrote a book, 1994?, but I put a big question mark after it, and in the book it also indicated that 2011 was also a good possibility.” He also says, “It’s a learning curve, like with anything, the first time someone rode a bicycle if it didn’t have training wheels they’d fell over. And you have to get more experience.”

  • 3. Why May 21, 2011? Here’s the math:

  • 4. What is a “rapture”? A rapture is the idea that believers will be taken up to heaven.

  • 5. When will the rapture occur? According to Harold, the rapture will occur at 6 pm in each respective time zone around the world. Harold says: “The rapture will start in the Pacific Rim at around the 6 p.m. local time hour, in each time zone.”

  • 6. What will happen at 6 pm? There will be a great earthquake, such as has never been in the history of the Earth.

  • 7. Who will be raptured? About 200 million people (approximately 3 percent of the world’s population) will be raptured.

  • 8. The remaining 7 billion face a grisly fate.

  • 9. What will happen after the earthquake on May 21? There will follow a period of 153 days of torture and torment after which God will destroy the entire universe, exactly on October 21.

  • 10. Why is it such a big deal this time around? The natural disasters, political uprisings, and gay pride are all signs that the world is ending. Harold and his followers have also spent a millions of dollars on advertisements around the world to raise awareness (that’s why we know about it).

  • 11. What can you do to be saved? According to Harold, the “church age” is over, so belonging to some church will not guarantee rapture. The only requisite for rapture is to believe.