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Sunday, January 30, 2011

End Times: If not now, when?

The Last Judgment    ( Lochner, 15th century)
For those whose only long-term goal is to get to heaven unscathed, it may be well past the time to put aside lesser goals of earning money, getting married, having kids - you get the drift…  The Associated Press reports that many are convinced that May 21, 2011 is the target date for all things Rapturous.

According to Marie Exley - this is not, then, the time to party.  It is instead the time to earnestly start preparing for the return of Christ.  This two-time veteran of Iraq is therefore hitting the road in order to spread the good (or, perhaps for some, bad) news.  She is joined by others across the land.  One such colleague, Allison Warden, addressed the question that would then logically follow:  What about May 22, 2010 and thereafter?

Warden has responded:  If May 21 passes, and I’m still here, that means I wasn’t saved.  Does that mean God’s word is inaccurate or untrue?  Not at all.

But what would it mean?  Would it mean that Warden then has absolutely no chance of redemption?  Would
she simply be condemned to waiting it out on an earthly “death row” for her ultimate punishment?  One leader of this movement, a retired civil engineer named Harold Camping, answers “Yes!” and “Yes, again!” to these dire queries.  He predicts that those not taken up to heaven on May 21, 2011 will be tormented here on Earth until October 2011 – when time will then end.     

Some physicists beg to differ.

According to Cosmos, a team of U. S. and Japanese scientists are saying:  Time is unlikely to end in our
lifetime, but there is a 50% chance of the final countdown ending in 3.7 billion years.  Not all
astrophysicists agree with this.  Some are convinced that this universe will continue to expand, and spawn other universes, forever and ever.


Copyright January 30, 2011 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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