Harold Camping, host of the program "Open Forum" on Family Radio, predicts that the rapture will happen on May 21, 2011. Camping believes the church age ended and the "Great Tribulation" (the years leading up to the end, he says) began on May 21, 1988, when Satan entered the pews. Truth, he says, can be found only in the Bible and not through the mouths of clergy.
Ten loyal listeners of the Christian broadcasting ministry Family Radio joined the radio station's first "Project Caravan" team. They walked away from work, families and communities in places as far-flung as California, Kansas, Utah and New Jersey. They gave away cars, pets, music collections and more to relatives, friends and neighbors.
They're wearing sweatshirts and other clothing announcing the "Awesome News," that Judgment Day is coming on May 21. On that day, people who will be saved will be raptured up to heaven. The rest will endure exactly 153 days of death and horror before the world ends on October 21. That message is splashed across their five sleek, vinyl-wrapped RVs, bearing this promise: "The Bible guarantees it!"
Part of that work is answering the challenge they hear most from Christians, who say the Bible teaches them no one can know when Judgment Day is coming.
That may be true, this group says, but as the end approaches the rules have changed. They say secrets God told to Daniel -- as in the Book of Daniel -- have now been unsealed, revealing new truths.
And now that they know what they believe to be true, their job is to warn -- not save -- others.
What a person can do upon hearing the warning remains slightly unclear. They want people to open Bibles and study for themselves. They suggest that everyone "cry for mercy."
But they also believe that before he created the world, God predetermined who will be saved when the Rapture comes. So if you're not part of the elect, the 2% to 3% of the world destined to be saved, you will just have to endure the horrible days until you are killed or the world ends.
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