Doomsday preacher Harold Camping was left a laughing stock when his prediction that the world would end on May 21 failed to materialise. But the 90-year-old Californian may well have the last laugh after revealing that date was in fact Judgment Day – a spiritual moment when the righteous would be chosen – and simply a warm-up for the Rapture which happens exactly five months later.
This means that Friday, October 21, will mark the start of the Apocalypse – when believers will be whisked away into heaven and hell will be unleashed on earth.
And cynics should be warned, as the Rapture Index – a monitor of current affairs for the frequency and intensity of end-time signs mentioned in the Bible – is at an almost all-time high.
It now currently stands slightly lower at 180 – only two points below the 182 it reached in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist atrocities. Unrest in the Middle East, the global economic crisis, the famine in the Horn of Africa and the slowing down of recent volcanic activity are all signs that the world is about to end, it claims. The index, created by Terry James in December 1993, adds on its website: ‘The Antichrist: The EU now has President. This office could be a precursor to the AC’. James, of Little Rock, Arkansas, said he did not use his table to make predictions, but to measure ‘the type of activity that could act as a precursor to the Rapture’.
He said: ‘The higher the number, the faster we’re moving towards the end.’ And he revealed that any figure over 160 made it time to ‘fasten the seatbelts’. Camping, a radio evangelist and president of a network of radio stations known as Family Radio, spent up to $100million
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