Christian Group Says Jesus is Coming Back… Let’s See Them Back It Up

The fans of Family Radio Inc., a Christian radio network, have sponsored dozens of different billboards in select cities around the country proclaiming the exact date when Jesus is coming back.

May 21st, 2011.

You know, just like the Bible “predicted.”

The Rapture is going to be a great day for God’s people but awful for everyone else, said Allison Warden, 29, who orchestrated Nashville’s billboard campaign. She’s a volunteer with WeCanKnow.com, a website set up by followers of Family Radio. She and other fans designed the billboards, along with T-shirts, bumper stickers and postcards to get Camping’s predictions out.

Warden traveled from her home in Raleigh, N.C., to Nashville last week to check out the billboards, purchased through the end of the year. She wouldn’t say how much they cost or name who paid for them.

She is absolutely sure that Camping’s prediction is right.

“It’s a certainty,” she said.

According to [Family Radio founder Harold] Camping’s prediction, the Rapture will happen exactly 7,000 years from the date that God first warned people about the flood. He said the flood happened in 4990 B.C., on what would have been May 21 in the modern calendar. God gave Noah one week of warning.

Since one day equals 1,000 years for God, that means there was a 7,000-year interval between the flood and rapture.

“We hope that anyone would get a Bible out and try and prove that this is wrong,” he said.

Of course, none of them are serious about what they’re saying.

If they are serious, let’s see them put their faith to the test.

I want to know now what these Christians are going to say/do when the Rapture doesn’t happen.

I want Family Radio to promise to go off the air if the Rapture doesn’t occur on the predicted date.

I want them to commit to giving a certain amount of money to Foundation Beyond Belief on May 22nd if they’re wrong. (I promise we’ll only ask them to honor their pledge if Jesus didn’t appear…)

I want a promise that they’ll film a video while saying, “My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?” while wearing banana costumes. It’ll be put up on YouTube on May 22nd… but only if they’re still around.

But they won’t do any of this.

The question is: is it because their faith is that weak or because they secretly know that their claims are pure bullshit?

I sent them an email asking what they plan to do if/when the Rapture doesn’t happen.

No response yet…

(Thanks to everyone for the link)

  • schnauzermom

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m circling the May date on my calendar in the hopes that finally the world will be asshole-free.

  • Hazor

    “We hope that anyone would get a Bible out and try and prove that this is wrong,” he said.

    Acts 1:7
    And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority”

    Mark 13:32-33
    “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (33) Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.

    What do I win?

  • http://mypainhurts.blogspot.com bd

    That’s my birthday. Thunder stealing jerk.

  • http://www.raywhiting.com/MyLife Raytheist

    So after May 21 there will be plenty of available food, housing, and jobs for the rest of us? Won’t THAT be a great thing to look forward to!

  • William

    I would tell these people to sign over all their worldly possessions to me starting May 22, but what the hell am I going to do with a run-down doublewide and a 1983 Chevelle?

  • RedHairedAgent

    So, they will be giving away all their possessions and donating all their money to charity on May 20th, correct?

    Yeah… right.

  • http://hoverfrog.wordpress.com hoverfrog

    I misread the website as ediblefellowship.com and thought it was a bunch of cannibal Christians. After that I’m somewhat disappointed that’s its just another prediction of the end of the world. Don’t we have half a dozen of these a day from one crackpot or another?

  • ethanol

    These people stopped a block from my house with 5 RV vans covered with fancy graphics saying pretty much the same thing (my favorite part was “The bible guarantees it”). I get the impression they are pretty well funded, which is a little scary.

  • Valdyr

    Saved! One day this will be as good as the “Rapture is coming in 1994″ picture is now.

  • http://cimddwc.net/ cimddwc

    Funny – that’s “Great King Rat” day for Queen fans:

    Great King Rat died today
    Born on the twenty first of May
    Died syphilis forty four on his birthday

    And these lines from this song are a nice match too:

    Now listen all you people
    Put out the good and keep the bad
    Don’t believe all you read in the Bible

    Guess those rapture fans apply that to the verses Hazor found. And to anything else they don’t like in their oh so holy book, for that matter…

  • http://sassyseminarian.blogspot.com Julie

    When it doesn’t happen, they will simply say that it wasn’t in God’s plan, and then they will predict a new date, which will similarly pass with no rapture. Then, just lather, rinse, repeat. Nothing like some tried-and-true Millerism. It’ll be The Great Disappointment v.2.0!

  • http://www.geekyramblings.net david

    If they’re so sure that it’s going to happen on that date … will they leave regardless of if it happens or not?

    I’d pay real money if they would.

  • Hazor

    Hoverfrog: But most of those don’t get billboards.

    Also, I used their contact form to mention to them the idea of a donation to the FBB on May 22nd, and suggested that a legally binding contract is concocted for it. I hope I get a reply – even if it’s only a staunch “No,” followed by “We don’t actually believe it enough to risk losing money over it.”

  • TheStoph

    Did anyone notice that the billboard pictured in the story looks an awful lot like the American Atheist billboard in New Jersey? Not only do they have to scare people into converting, they can’t even come up with their own billboard!

  • http://Q Kevin S.

    Heh, one of my closest friend’s birthday is May 21. We’ve seen these pamphlets around in NYC – he’s getting a rockin’ end-of-the-world party for his 25th!

  • Mike in FL

    Another one for the “false prophesy” list, it seems.

  • Bob

    So … Noah built the Ark in one week? Or did God go talking about how he was gonna clean house before that, and Noah thought, hey, maybe I should build a big-arse boat and round up a bunch of animals …?

  • runawayuniverse

    I had a few run-ins with the family radio people when I worked in Oakland.

    One time I tried to get them to give me their car ( very nice looking 2003 BMW ) since they weren’t going to be needing it after the 21st, but they wouldn’t agree to that.

    Bummed me out, since it was such a nice car.

  • Regina

    Ha. I thought it said “ediblebible” too. :) Obviously this is all nonsense, but when the end of the world doesn’t happen, I’m sure it’ll all be thanks to god’s will.

  • Rebecca

    Can I have one of their houses? I mean, it ain’t like they’re going to be using since they’ll be high (in the clouds). Oh, I also need a new car, clothes, some cash,… LOL!

  • Richard P.

    I tell ya, This just makes me happy. It will be wonderful when all the bible thumpers are gone.

    What do you think. should we hold a block party on the 21st so we call all watch them get taken up?

    Maybe we could get a few rifles and make a shooting contest out of it. We could see how many we could knock out of the air.

    Now I need to find someone who believes this crap, so I can talk them into giving me there truck.

  • Nordog

    I hope it doesn’t happen early in the day. I don’t even get started until after about 3 cups of coffee at around 10 am.

  • JulietEcho

    I say three cheers to the whole thing. Whoever is throwing money into this is making sure that it’s NOT spent on pushing creationism, trying to block gay marriage legislation or DADT repeal, etc.

    Instead: free entertainment for all.

  • cypressgreen

    What I wrote to them:

    I read an article about your prediction with great interest. If you are certain the rapture will occur on May 21st, 2011, why are you requesting donations on your web site?

    Obviously, your godly members have no more need now of worldly goods. To fund your campaign you should sell all you own, empty your bank accounts, live cheaply in dormitories together, and put all your resources into spreading the good news. It would be the best way to reach and save many more people!

    “Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.”
    “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.”
    “Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

    I hope you will put out a press release when you give away all your belongings. That would be such a sign of faith and bring the attention of so many more to your cause! Saving souls from hell is the most important thing, correct? Do all you can now!

  • http://www.banalleakage.com martymankins

    Dammit! I will be on vacation during May. I hope the rapture will take everyone off the beach when it’s too crowded so I can enjoy the warmth and sunshine without being bothered. ;-)

  • Ben

    You mean I have to wait almost a WHOLE year more???
    Why bother with living in the first place?

    I still maintain that life doesn’t make any sense if there is a god.

  • JT

    Great. What are they going to do with all those T-shirts. I imagine they’ll do with them what they do with the “National Champs” T-shirts of the losing team of the Super Bowl and send em’ to the third world. So somewhere in the world there are unfortunate people who will think the Bills are an unstoppable team…and Jesus came back in May.

  • Gabriel

    A copy of my email to their website.

    I do not think you believe what you preach. I challange you to prove that you believe it. If you actually believe it set up a legally binding contract giving me your home car and bank account effective May 22, 2011. I know you won’t do this because you know this is a lie and a scam. You simply want to take the money of people to stupid and scared to realize that you are a group of liars.

  • Rob

    I have nothing to add other than to say that this comment thread is awesome… and that May 22, 2011 is going to be a great day.

    We’ll need to be sure to ask these folks what crow tastes like…

  • Pascale K

    Living in TN means I have a front row seat for the rapture. Anyone up for camping out with some lawn chairs and popcorn?

    I also must add:

    Warden traveled from her home in Raleigh, N.C., to Nashville last week to check out the billboards, purchased through the end of the year.

    Do you think they might only be keeping it up until the end of THIS year so everyone will forget about it by May? I will also be circling my calender with a big red marker. I’m hopeful though. I really do need a new car. ;)

  • P. Coyle

    Speaking of tee shirts, how about one to be distributed after Oct. 21st that says, “The Rapture happened on Oct. 21st and all I got was this lousy tee shirt”?

  • jose

    Why won’t they do anything of the things you suggested? Pascal Wager: they say it just in case Jesus does happen to come! If nothing happens, well, we won’t have lost anything.

  • Hal in Howell MI

    I would like to challenge them to contribute to their local mosque, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, if they are still around on the 22nd.

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff P

    They will probably say on the 22nd that God decided to hold off about 400 more days so they would all have a chance to vote for Palin in 2012. Too bad they won’t be present to witness inauguration day should the Palin ticket win. Of course, since Palin will be beamed up with them, I guess her sinful ticket-balancing running-mate (whomever that would be) would be the new president. I hope Palin picks her running mate carefully.

  • derric

    I’d like for them to sell everything they own the week before the rapture and give it to the poor.

  • David

    I am cynical when it comes to proven cons, such as religion.

    Is this paired with a push for more donations from the congregations?

    If the church leaders are convincing, they might be able to get a lot more than 10% out of their scared little flocks.

  • Alex

    Jeff P, if Palin wins then January 20, 2013, will be the end of the road for some of us, unless of course we find Jesus. He has got to be around here someplace!

  • Mike Caton

    When people don’t behave consistently with a supposed belief, that’s called not fully endorsing a delusion. Another way to tie this to money would be to loan them money that they don’t have to pay back until the day after their end of the world date – with 1000% interest. If they’re right, that’s free money. I’ve made similar offers before various places in the atheist blogosphere, but I doubt they read these blogs. So I’m going to contact them directly with this offer and see.

  • MarcN

    Hey, what about this Rapture?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcn/30957017/

  • http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.ebiblefellowship.com/billboards/billboard.jpg&imgrefurl=http://connect.in.com/may-21-2011/photos-1-1-1-.html&usg=__7lJV1MZ2WWbkcf2js0m9kwp5KHI=&a sc0tt

    We’re missing an incredible opportunity here. I think on May 20 we should each sacrifice a big plate of spaghetti for dinner and then when the rapture doesn’t come we can say it’s proof that our god is more awesome than their god and we saved the world.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org RBH

    Raytheist wrote

    So after May 21 there will be plenty of available food, housing, and jobs for the rest of us? Won’t THAT be a great thing to look forward to!

    Sorry, Ray, but only 11 of them, all currently unemployed, will actually qualify for the Rapture. All the rest will be left behind with us infidels. :)

  • JohnJay

    Wait. Something ain’t right. There’s supposed to be seven years of tribulation after the rapture… leading up to the battle of Armeggedon. So how does the world end the same year as the rature. Should be 2018.

  • http://kpharri.wordpress.com/ Keith

    This story is clearly wrong. Everyone knows that 1 day equals 2000 years for God, not 1000.

  • steve

    Hemant–

    If you look into this guy Harold Camping, you’ll see that he made a similar prediction in the 90s. Apparently, his algorithm didn’t factor in enough variables (he derives his predictions by assigning numerical values to phrases like atonement, etc). It’s all very interesting, especially considering that this guy has such support.

  • Jason

    Awesome… May 21, 2011… my wedding day. Finding parking should easier.

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff P

    I wish they would put the time of day on the billboard for the Rapture. I don’t know if I should bother getting dinner ready or not. Likewise for the end of the world.

  • http://xbowvsbuddha.blogspot.com Dr Rotwang!

    The fools! “Rapture” was 30 years ago next month. It was #1 on the charts, even. Do they think I don’t know that?!

  • Crux Australis

    At least I’ll get to see my third-born son turn 1 year old. He’s an atheist, too, so that’s a good thing. :)

  • http://mrvorhias.deviantart.com MrVorhias

    So does this mean 2012 is officially off the table?

  • Daryl

    i see a lot of scoffers on this board. Yes, you know who you are, you cynical atheist types. This situation was incredibly predicted about 2000 years ago:

    3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?2 Peter 3:3Biblical prophecy is proven once again.

    Repent or suffer destruction.

    Peter was Jesus’ best friend, so he knew what he was talking about. Oh, and don’t listen to those biblical critics who think 2 Peter is a forgery. You must close your eyes and ears to reason and BELIEVE in the Gospel. It is yourway to life.

    Cheers

  • Spurs Fan

    This is one of the more hilarious threads I’ve seen in quite some time. We skeptics are some witty folks!

  • Dan

    How is ANY measurement of time “for” this god? I thought he works and live OUTSIDE of time. How can 1,000 years for us equal ANY amount of time for god let alone one day? I thought god is timeless.

    Does this math include leap years, and daylight savings dates? I presume we’re going by the Christian Gregorian calender, but are we SURE about that? There have been other calenders…

    And can someone point me to the part in the bible that says 1 god day equals 1,000 human years? How about you Daryl, show me that the bible tells us this date specifically? Also, prove to me Peter has accurate information.

    Notice the area that the billboard is in. Looks way rundown, the best place to get believers – those that are in need.

  • Jeff

    Seriously, can they be sued for false advertising?

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff P

    @Dan,

    As someone joking around a true TM Christian, Daryl knows that 2 Peter 3:9 says the following:

    But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

    Clearly this means that 365.25 days equals exactly 1000 years (with the other minor Gregorian corrections added in as well).

    Peter’s information is just as accurate as anyone else from back then who survived the editor’s chopping block to be included in the bible. :)

    P.S. I checked and October 21st is a Friday so I will probably knock off after lunch and go home early. Why work a full day on the last day? Might as well enjoy my last couple of hours. The Rapture, though, is on a Saturday.

  • Phil

    Must remember to leave some mince pies and a shot of brandy for jesus the night before.

  • John Small Berries

    Harold Camping wants us to get out a Bible? Okay, I got mine out. Here’s an interesting passage about prophecies from Deuteronomy 18:

    But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death. You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?” If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken.

    So if no Rapture occurs on May 21, and especially if the world’s still here on October 22, I wonder if Harold Camping will offer himself up for the Biblical punishment for false prophets?

  • Kamaka

    This Harold Camping fellow has had a couple of end-of-the-world prophesied dates come and go already. This prediction is the same old thing.

    Harold, you deserve to be punished. Not as a heretic and false prophet, but because you’re repetitive and boring, an unforgivable offense.

    At least the guy is in good company…Jesus got his end-of-the-world prediction wrong, too.

  • http://krissthesexyatheist.blogspot.com krissthesexyatheist

    Jesus did come back, but in the form of the new bacteria, not human.

    Kriss

  • http://chandays.blogspot.com Larry Meredith

    this is the kind of thing that is just begging to have an atheist billboard put up down the road reminding people to be rational.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ChristopherTK ChristopherTK

    Excellent! Starting October 22nd, no more lines at the airports!

  • Robert Tobin

    Jesus has already booked his flight on El-Al and requested the plane be flown by Pontius the Pilot

  • Robert Tobin

    Seriously, this is typical of the Christian Citizens of the United Christian States of America. They have been poisoned by a Pandemic of Mental Health problems caused by Christianity and the worst book of fiction ever written: The “Holy” Bible.
    THese people are turning America into a Third World Country of brain dead bible thumping zombies

  • http://www.gametaco.net/ DexX

    John Small Berries, you win the whole internet. Bravo.

  • http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.ebiblefellowship.com/billboards/billboard.jpg&imgrefurl=http://connect.in.com/may-21-2011/photos-1-1-1-.html&usg=__7lJV1MZ2WWbkcf2js0m9kw sc0tt

    P.S. I checked and October 21st is a Friday so I will probably knock off after lunch and go home early.

    If the whole earth ended at once it would be Friday in some places and Saturday or Thursday in others. The only way this makes sense is if the world ends first in New Zealand and then sort of rolls through the other time zones like on New Year’s Eve.

    Those of us in GMT-8 will be able to watch on TV as the parts of the earth to the east meet their demise.

  • Hunny

    No one will go up in the rapture, because there are no “True Christians”!!!

  • Mark

    OK, without spending a lot of time researching this…I’m quite certain that the billboard pictured above is not in Nashville! Come on, don’t make crazy look any better by making facts up to make them look bad. They do a good enough job without help. It just makes you look bad too. I’m quite certain that billboard is in another country maybe near the “Kumasi area”???

  • Daniel

    Any chance this douchebag is gonna be a “drink the koolaid” kinda christian? Because it’s only funny until we see dead children killed by their delusional, brainwashed parents. Sorry to be a downer but that’s the first thing that crosses my mind when I see this kind of “end of days” hoakum.

  • Xena

    Roflmao! This is the funniest comment thread I’ve seen on this blog yet. I remember that Camping guy and his quasi-kabbalistic numerology from 15 or 20 years ago. A friend of mine used that system to figure out who the anti-christ was supposed to be. Ross Perot. I laughed till I cried.

    I can’t even feel sorry for the congregation he’s preaching to. They’re not even acting like they believe it. That business in 1844 was kinda sad. People actually believed that stuff back then. Darwin hadn’t written Origin yet. Not to mention how much harder it was to be without a pot to piddle in or a window to throw it out of in the nineteenth century. But these people? They’re doing a bird dance and not even trying to cover up the fact that it’s all BS. WTF?

    cimddwc, “Great King Rat” was perfect! Queen still rocks!

  • Richard Wade

    There’s a very simple way to see if they believe what they say as early as April 30.

    Do they pay their rent, electric bill, gas bill, fees for the radio broadcast, all sorts of things that they’ll need to have paid to continue business on May 22?

    Of course that would be hard for just anyone to find out, but some non-believer who is one of those creditors could have fun with it.

  • DicePlayGod

    I often wonder … I mean, it’s been 2000 years since Jesus said he would come back within the lifetime of those around him. Isn’t 2000 years long enough to demonstrate that it wasn’t true?

    Would 10,000 years be long enough? 1 million years? 1 billion years? I know, humanity will be a different species (or extinct) on that time scale, but really, how long is enough time to disprove Jesus’s prediction?

  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    Harold Camping just refuses to learn from experience. He did this entire routine back in 1994 and the world refused to end. Yet Camping is bold enough to put his reputation on the line again. (And why not? His flock didn’t abandon him after the last great embarrassment.)

    One of my colleagues at school has a bumpersticker that says, “When the rapture comes, can I have your stuff?” I like that.

  • Richard P.

    Do you think with any luck we will lose the muslims to? Or is this only a christian thing? Do Mormons count? Would be great to get rid of the door knockers. I bet the JW’s are left behind. I think they would bum the party if they went along.

    What if we don’t like someone and we make them repent on the 20th will they still be around on the 22nd?

    Do we get to mock all christians still here on the 22nd for being fake? Does it invalidate the prophecy if they say they didn’t believe?

    What’s the social convention for cleaning out your neighbors house? How many days should we wait? If they’re just on holidays but I thought they were gone is it still B&E?

    Please! I need details lots of plans to make.

  • http://littlelioness.net Fiona

    I’m so baking.

  • http://n8chz.blogspot.com/ Lori

    Quite reminiscent of Edgar Whisenant back in 1988 with his Rosh Hashanah ‘prophecy.’

  • Peter Mahoney

    At first I didn’t believe in the Rapture date approaching so soon. But…. then I paid $150 to a high school kid named Brian for him to tell me what God said about it, and the teenager said that God agrees that it’s on His calendar for the same date, so that settles it for me.

  • JD

    Lame scam. I wonder how many Christians are going to stand up to this scam? This sort of BS needs to be soundly condemned.

  • Dan W

    I’m gonna be laughing my ass off at these morons on the 22nd of both May and October next year. After all, people have been predicting this shit for millenia, and the rapture hasn’t happened and the world hasn’t ended on all those previous dates predicted. Here’s a nice list of failed predictions for the end of the world: http://www.bible.ca/pre-date-setters.htm

    Here’s a realistic prediction: the world will end in 5 billion years when the sun goes nova.

  • Dez

    Don’t get your hopes up. I wouldn’t hold my breath on them going anywhere. Rush Limbaugh still hasn’t left the country, either.

  • Kamaka

    I’m so baking.

    And thus the world ends.

  • Richard Wade

    I’ve survived over a dozen well-publicized doomsdays. In 1969, after many months of remarkably intense hype, California was supposed to fall into the Pacific Ocean. I was at the beach and only realized it was the day a few minutes before zero hour. SUUURRRF’S UUUUPPP!! …Nothin’. I turned over and went back to sleep.

    They had different scenarios, but they all had two things in common: They didn’t happen, and the only people who disappeared were the perpetrators and a lot of money.

    This one has an unusually short prep time. Not much time to sell books, CDs and memberships. Some new marketing strategy, I guess.

    Oh, another thing the doomsdays all have in common is that the folks who really, really get duped don’t give up believing in that crap. They don’t learn. They’ll be the most fervent true believers when the next one is rolled out.

  • Richard Wade

    Larry Meredith suggested,

    this is the kind of thing that is just begging to have an atheist billboard put up down the road reminding people to be rational.

    That is an excellent idea! Put up a billboard on the same side of the road, just a half mile down, saying:

    So, on May 22 are you going to give up believing in superstitious nonsense?

    I’d definitely donate to help pay for that one.

  • Olivia

    This picture actually appears to be in Ghana, West Africa (Kumasi is the capital of the Ashanti region). At the ebible site they have more photos from Nigeria, Tanzania, and other countries. Ugh – this type of religious misinformation is the last thing the developing world needs.

  • http://gorillaatheist.wordpress.com/ Gorilla Atheist

    And when it doesn’t happen let’s see a billboard from them renouncing their faith and admitting they have been wrong the whole time.

    Speak Up, Fight Back!

    - Gorilla Atheist

  • Shelby Sherman

    Why not May 21? The odds of Jesus coming May 21 are exactly the same as the odds of Jesus coming any other day. ZERO. Jesus never existed outside of the imaginations of those early Christians who needed to jump-start their new religion. There is no imminent rapture, no heaven and no hell, only this brief physical life that we enjoy. Unfortunately, there are millions who cannot cope with their own mortality, chosing to embrace this folly and fantasy.

  • Kelly

    I am a believer in christ, I do believe that he will return, I am sorry that those who made the billboard did put a date on it. Hazor posted the correct scripture:
    Mark 13:32-33
    “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (33) Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.
    No one knows the date, But I do believe in the sign of the times. I believe the conditions of this world are the beginnings of christ return. I do believe the day is drawing closer. The scripture does ask us to take heed , watch and pray. I pray for our country that we begin to draw nearer to god. I have enough faith to encourage anyone who doesnt know the lord to seek him out and call on him. I believe he will show up in your life as he did mine. He loves me and showed me grace and mercy and I know he loves all of you just the same. God Bless Kelly

  • http://www.correntewire.com chicago dyke

    i had a friend in grad school who wrote her dissertation on a group of folks who were sure the world would end on some date in 1999. she went down to TX where they’d gathered to await The End, to study them firsthand, when the end (obviously) didn’t come, and to record their reactions and explanations. it was actually sort of boring, as far as research topics go, because they said all the stuff we’d expect them to say, “we just misinterpreted” and “gawd is testing our faith” and very few of them left the ministry as a result of the pastor’s failure to correctly predict the date. i told her, “you could’ve saved yourself a lot of time and writing and just given your advisor a note card that says “these people are brainwashed morons.”

  • stogoe

    Richard Wade said:

    This one has an unusually short prep time. Not much time to sell books, CDs and memberships. Some new marketing strategy, I guess.

    “Well that’s cutting it a little bit close, isn’t it? I mean, just from a sales point of view, I mean your book is just coming out, you’re not gonna see any paperback sales for at least a year. It’ll be at least another year before you know whether you’ve got that mini-series or movie of the week kind of possibilities. I mean just Devil’s Advocate Milty!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000586562927 muggle

    I love it when they’re stupid enough to name dates.

  • Jonas

    Must remember to leave some mince pies and a shot of brandy for jesus the night before.

    Wait why is it Milk and Cookies for Santa, and brandy, and pie for Jesus? Santa’s a lot older — his hair’s all white. I mean sure, Jesus is at least 33, well over the drinking age, but come on.

    Oh no — ‘Suffer the children to come unto a Drunk Jesus?

  • Carlie

    My billboard next to it would say “How many ebiblefellowship members believe enough to give away all they have by May 20?”

  • Daryl

    my earlier comment was not serious. Sorry i didn’t make that clear. Biblical prophesy is an insult to human intelligence.

  • LeAnne

    oh gosh, we got one of these billboards in omaha, NE. the lady in charge of the organization that’s putting up these billboards says “because she didn’t think they were getting the message about Jesus’ return, which is touted on Family Radio stations but are not available in those areas.”

    trust me, we don’t need these one bit when majority of our population is a bunch of christians.. ugh.

    the link to the local article, if anyone wants it.

  • http://thesnideatheist.blogspot.com the snide atheist

    I’m looking forward to the availability of millions of acres of prime real estate that will no longer need to be wasted on churches.

  • LeAnne

    *correction: she says they’re putting these billboards UP “because she didn’t think they were getting the message about Jesus’ return, which is touted on Family Radio stations but are not available in those areas.”

    :)

  • moderngirl

    Um, what is the guy behind the sign doing with his hand on his crotch?

  • 9stars

    “We hope that anyone would get a Bible out and try and prove that this is wrong,” – That’s like getting out the National Enquirer to answer questions about the chupacabra, or Grimm’s fairy tails to inquire after Prince Charming’s whereabouts.

    It doesn’t matter what it says…it’s fiction.

  • Aaron

    @Daryl: Yeah, we’re all scoffing. And on the 22nd, we’ll still be scoffing, and you’ll be feeling pretty foolish. Then somebody will tell you that the prediction was wrong and it’s actually a later date, and you can go back to sneering at people who don’t believe what you believe, and handing out your money to charismatic con men. Apparently you deal with the cognitive dissonance generated by rationalizing your absurd religious beliefs by looking down on others. You might want to talk to your imaginary friend Jesus about that. Just sayin’.

  • Robert Tobin

    Jesus has already booked his flight on El-Al requesting the plane be flown by Pontius the Pilot.

  • anunahmuz

    Worldwide drug fueled orgy: May 20th 2011

  • John Parker

    Um, Aaron, Daryl was joking as most of us apparently assumed and as he later confirmed.

    John Small Berries: John Parker was actually my great grandfather’s name, though he wasn’t from Grover’s Mill, NJ.

  • http://www.archive.org/details/HaroldWheresTheMoney Nathaniel Torres

    Yeah, a Jesus group that rarely mentions the name of Jesus, does not behave the way Jesus told Christians to behave, distrusts the cross, uses end-of-the-world predictions to raise money and when the predictions fail does not give the money back to the poor people that fell for the message. More like Charles Manson Family Radio. Here’s a little song in memory of Harold Camping’s Religion of Greed: http://www.archive.org/details/HaroldWheresTheMoney

  • ficheye

    And finally… what’s going to happen when the rapture doesn’t come? The kool aid treatment?

    That’s their only option. Jim Jones all over again.


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