The End Of The World: Is It Near?

MIAMI (CBS4) – The end of the world as we know it has been talked about for centuries. The dates that mark the end of human kind have come and gone, but now there is a new date and it’s message has come to a South Florida.

The beginning of the end is called the Rapture. Some believe it will manifest itself in natural disasters as written in the bible in Thessalonians 5:2:  The day of the lord will come. However, the question remains when?

One group believes the end is May 21, 2011.

“We are talking about Judgment Day. It is a serious thing,” said Fred Store, who headed the South Florida leg of a tour sponsored by Family Radio. The group is spreading the prediction via caravan.

“It will be hell on earth. That is how I would describe it,” said Store to CBS4’s Jorge Estevez who met with him outside one of their caravans in Miami.

The caravan spanned across South Florida from shopping centers in little Havana to the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables.

“As we draw closer to the date, we are trying to get the information out to as many people as possible,” said Darry Leitt, a worker for Family Radio.

The movement is founded by Harold Camping, a Christian broadcaster and founder of Family Radio. So why May 21st? It has to do with a compilation of passages in the bible.

“You can add them up until the times of Solomon. Then you can relate that to today’s calendar,” said Store who hinted to a second coming.

“Do we take these prophesies literally or do we realize this is how people in the ancient times dealt with crisis,” said Daniel Alvarez,  an instructor of religious studies at FIU who points out people of all generations, through the years, have predicted the end of the world.

“We have globalization, an economic crisis, the crisis in the Middle East, and Israel in the thick of it. Now we are thinking this must be our generation,” said Alvarez.

This has attracted so much attention, there is currently a billboard in Hollywood announcing Judgement Day

“I never noticed it. I am here every day. I never noticed it,” said Rob Moscoso who lives in the neighborhood right under the billboard.

You can see it beyond the trees when you drive along the Turnpike.

“I don’t like it. It is giving the image that it is going to happen on that day itself,” said Moscoso.

Religious teachers point out that other people have also predicted the end of the world and they have been wrong.

William Miller, a Baptist pastor predicted the end was to be in March of 1844, then April 1844, and then October 1844. Jehovah’s Witness founder Charles Russel claimed the end was 1874, then 1914, changed it to 1918, and finally 1975. Harold Camping, founder of Family Radio, who predicts the to be May 21, 2011 has already predicted the end back in 1994.

“Every apocalypse ever written throughout the centuries all predict in the time of their living Christ will come again,” said Alvarez.

Followers believe the time is now.

“You don’t really want to be here. You don’t want to be here,” said Store.

So whether it is fact or fiction, the end of the world comes with a powerful message about faith as written in Thessalonians 5:9: God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation.

And depending on what you believe, your own personal Salvation may be more figurative than literal and not just happen after an actual natural disaster, but after you reach a point when you are ready to accept your own new beginning.

  • goober

    What happened to 2012? Please! lol

  • JT

    Somehow in all that research to come up with the day that he claims to be Judgment Day, Mr. Camping must have overlooked the passages in Matthew 24 and in Mark 13 where Jesus Himself said that no one knows the day and the hour, but only the
    Father. I suggest Mr. Camping and others like him go back and re-read the Bible.

  • steve

    the old testament prophecies never claim end of world but rather a big battle,,,,

  • ganejo

    Great news I’ve ever heard. Now the rich and corrupt will die just like us common people.

  • steve

    the old testament only prophecises a big battle, never end of the world….

  • steve

    the old testament only prophecises a big battle never end of the world…

  • Nelson

    Avoid this so called radio station, these people are scaring people away & also preach false doctrine.

  • Jon

    people take the bible so seriously. I’m going to laugh on May 21st when it doesn’t happen LOL

  • R.A. Landbeck

    If such an event ever does take place in our lifetimes, the ‘Apocalypse’ that the religious promise will rain down on the rest of us is much more likely to land on their own heads first, hard and heavy!

    Christian history is all theological. A human intellectual construct, attempting to know the mind of God without that mind being revealed by God and has been in perpetual disagreement for most of its’ history. Thus unlikely to have anything to do something called truth or God. No more than the intellectual pretensions, vain imagination, the folly of empty hopes. But I suppose it’s good to have an occasional example of what is really false, just in case something true actually even happens!

    The bottom line is that if a second coming should take place in any form, what must be among the first priorities for such personage is to expose those theological claims which are no better than chasing after wind. And to do so, such a person would have to ‘reveal’ a message at odds with all existing orthodoxy? Rapture could quickly turn to nightmare! And blow two thousand years of religious status quo right out of the water. From Rome to Mr. Camping and everything in between.

  • William

    Hell yeah! And here I was worrying about not having enough retirment income!

    • fran

      That is good, William!

  • chris

    But according to the mayans we have auntil 2012?

  • Melody

    The father says no man will know the day or hour stop guessing and stressing people are living scared.

  • Melody

    i beleive we the people have created the path to our own self destruction we feed off other peoples weakness therefore we create a war that will never end god put this world here he and only he can bring it down we the people are the ones responsible for ne destruction on earth other than a natural one

  • Rita

    I don’t think it’s right for anyone to be predicting and going around telling anybody that a certain date the world is going to end! It does scare alot of people, and it’s not right! Why scare all these people on this earth, why? It should be, Illegal to go around and protest what date God is coming or Jesus is coming, or what date the Rapture will be. Only our God knows this, and Nobody, and i mean, Nobody else knows this, so stop predicting the end is going to happen on any of these dates!!!!

  • Antione Page

    The end of the world is coming soon i hope i be in haven



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