You may have noticed billboards like the one pictured above sprouting up for the past few months all over Los Angeles. They’re not just here, they’re all over the country with the same message– the Apocalypse is coming on May 21st. The signs are sponsored by two groups affiliated with Christian preacher Harold Camping of Family Radio, who believes he has pinpointed the precise day of the rapture, the end of times, and Christ’s returning to Earth. He did this by working out mathematically-based prophecies in the Bible for the past three decades.

According to Camping, the number five equals “atonement”, the number ten equals “completeness”, and the number seventeen equals “heaven”.

  • Christ is said to have hung on the cross on April 1, 33 AD. The time between April 1, 33 AD and April 1, 2011 is 1,978 years.
  • If 1,978 is multiplied by 365.2422 days (the number of days in a solar year, not to be confused with the lunar year), the result is 722,449.
  • The time between April 1 and May 21 is 51 days.
  • 51 added to 722,449 is 722,500.
  • (5 x 10 x 17)2 or (atonement x completeness x heaven)2 also equals 722,500.
  • Thus, Camping concludes that 5 x 10 x 17 is telling us a “story from the time Christ made payment for our sins until we’re completely saved. What that means for me and you is that (as of this writing) there are only 15 days to get ready for the big day! So what can we do?

    First of all, leave your church. Camping has been very clear that leaving your earthbound church is important before the rapture comes. Second, don’t be gay. Camping has stated that Gay Pride is a major factor in the end of the world coming.

    If you’re really worried about this, one thing that might give you small comfort is that Camping previously predicted the end of the world would come in September of 1994. He later said that a mathematical error lead to this mistake, and he’s sure that this time he’s got it right.