New York end of world group ask people to 'beg for mercy'
Camping: a fact file
US preacher and radio broadcaster Harold Camping has gained notoriety for using mathematical predications applied to the Bible to predict dates for the end of the world.
His current prediction is May 21, 2011 as it’s the end of the church age, which asserts that churches are no longer the vehicle used by God for salvation.
Central to his teaching is that the Bible alone and in its entirety is the word of God and is entirely trustworthy.
After 70 years of studying the Bible, he says the Second Coming of the Lord will be on May 21, because that will be 722,500 days from 1 April AD33, which he believes was the day of the Crucifixion.
The figure of 722,500 is important because you get it by multiplying three holy numbers (five, ten and 17) together twice.
Mr Camping oversees Family Radio, which he sees as a non-denominational Christian based ministry.
His daily-recorded sermons are beamed across the world in 54 languages via short wave radio. The radio station is funded entirely by donations from listeners.
As ‘Judgement Day’ draws near more than 2,000 billboards across the US are adorned with its slogans including: “Blow the trumpet, warn the people.”
Mr Campaign continues to have a large following even though he famously wrongly predicted the end of the year in September 1994.
He has however received criticism from a number of leaders, scholars and laymen who argue that Jesus Christ taught that no man knows the day or hour of the Lord’s return.
Mr Camping was born in Colorado in July, 1921 and earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He originally served as an Elder and Sunday school teacher within the Christian Reformed Church.
Mr Camping has authored about 30 books and booklets. He dose not believe in evolution and thinks abortions should be banned.
About 30 people have travelled to Bermuda to “spread the good news” that the end of the world is nearly here.
The religious fellowship from New York attracted lots of attention as they spent yesterday warning people to “beg for Mercy” before the destruction of the world.
They stood outside City Hall in bright yellow T-shirts emblazoned with slogans such as: “Judgement Day 5.21.11. The great day of the Lord is near.”
They handed out literature and CDs titled ‘We are almost there’ as they explained to passers-by they had quit their jobs to spend their final days with family and friends.
Fellowship members remain convinced that May 21 will be ‘judgement day’ or ‘the day of the Lord’s wrath’ when “being judged by God’s salvation comes to an end”.
They say this day marks the end of the 23-year period of great tribulation following the church age, which ran from May 22, A.D. 33 until 1988. They predict this will be the beginning of the end then the world will officially end on October 21, 2011.
Simeon Daliy, the group leader, said: “We are warning as many people as possible, we are here to spread the good news.
“We make no apologies for what we are doing, there is biblical evidence that the end of the world is almost here.
“This day is going to be real, we proclaim it’s going to happen. The Bible has given us the correct and accurate information.”
The men and women formed the fellowhip, which does not have a name, when they left their respective churches in New York. They said they all “spoke the same spiritual language.”
They follow the teaching of preacher Harold Camping of California, who operates Family Radio station.
Mr Camping had previously said the world would end in September 1994, then later admitted he’d got his calculations wrong.
The fellowship believe churches have “greatly fallen from the truth” by wrongly believing that “no man knows the day or hour” of the end of the world.
They said they had got a “fair and receptive reaction” from most passers-by in Bermuda, although they had come face-to-face with some “mouthy people.”
Mr Daliy, who lives in Queens, said he had given up his job as a taxi driver and was spending his last days on earth “concentrating on the Bible.”
He insisted it was “just not possible” that the world would continue as Jesus Christ was “completing the judgement process which had began in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve disobeyed God.”
Mr Daliy said: “Those who have not been chosen to salvation will perish. The earthquake we will see will run for five months.
“Lots of people are going to die. What happened in Japan will be like a picnic compared to what we are going to see. What is coming is destruction.”
The group is in Bermuda for two days on board Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas cruise ship. They planned to return to City Hall today saying they chose to visit Bermuda as “they’d never been before.”
Mr Daliy said: “There are now millions of believers all over the world. We’re not asking people to join any type of church, we are not begging for money.
“We just want people to know they have 40 days to call upon the Lord and beg for Mercy.”
Useful website: www.ebiblefellowship.com