5 x 10 x 17 = Rapture or Not!

Folio 9 from the codex; beginning of the Gospe...
Gospel According to Matthew via Wikipedia

It is May 21, 2011 and, so far at least, Judgment Day has not yet arrived as 89-year-old radio evangelist Harold Camping calculated it would using his math system to interpret the Bible.  He got it wrong before predicting judgment Day would happen on September 6, 1994 when “rapture” or the day when Christian believers ascend to heaven, leaving the unbelievers to a hellacious fate.

Using Camping’s math system he calculated that Christ was crucified on April 1, 33 A.D. 722,500 days before May 21, 2011. That number 722,500 is the square of 5 x 10 x 17 where 5 represents atonement, 10 is completeness and 17 is heaven. “Camping believes “it’s the story from the time Christ made payment for your sins until you’re completely saved.”

While Camping may be a near-prophet to some Christian fundamentalists others see him as just another Bay Area nut case.  They try to dissuade other Christians reminding them of Matthew’s gospel that Jesus says Judgment Day cannot be foreseen: “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man comes.”

So what?

If you go to church tomorrow because the world did not end today, give thanks for the many blessings in your life including the 722,500 days since the pain of Good Friday gave way to the joy of Easter. Then be happy each day and live it like it was your last knowing that whether you can predict the day or judgment or not it will arrive in God’s time and there will be no escape—but if you believe you’re good to go!


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