Thursday, May 12, 2011

"An Exceedingly Serious Matter" 722,500 or 722,501

One of Camping's key arguments for May 21, 2011, is that May 21, 2011, is 722,500 days from April 1, 33. But if we calculate the number of days from April 1, 33, to May 21, 2011, the number is actually 722,501 or 722,502 (depending on whether we count the last day or not).

Harold Camping says this is an "extremely serious matter." Perhaps he should recheck his calculations.



Nora said...

Naaaah, that would assume a certain level of concern for reality.

bot1 said...

Truly amazing. What ever happened to Matthew 24:36 or Mark 13:32?

Ryan said...

What does he think an extra 2 days is going to buy him?

Coram Deo said...

How can anyone take him seriously?

He's a bona fide false prophet!


In Christ,

Kendall said...

Who cares if it is 722,xxx?

You have to see it as 5x10x17 x 5x10x17 = 722,500. But then you need his special code to understand those numbers.

Turretinfan said...

and 722,501 doesn't decompose into 5x10x17 (squared).

Paul Hoffer said...

As a Catholic and technically an amillennialist I guess, if I am using the phraseolgy correctly, I just scratch my head and wonder what all of the hubbub is about.

But for the sake of trying to understand all of this, is there a reason that Mr. Camping is using the Julian/Gregorian calendars to calculate his date when it would make more sense perhaps that he should be using the Jewish one which calculates leap years differently? And considering the fact that the calendar was not even an exact thing (extra days would be inserted when needed to make sure that Passover occurred in the Springtime) until the 4th century, I don't know how you could even begin to calculate a date. If he thinks his doctrine has a biblical warrant, why would he use a calendar system not endorsed by Scripture?

Also, is the Rapture going to happen when 5/21/11 comes around at the International Date Line, when it is 5/21/11 in Jerusalem, GMT? or when it is 5/21/11 where Harold Camping lives at? Or is the Rapture a rolling event?

Am I wrong in wondering about these things?

Please take this comment as an inquiry to those in your readership far smarter than myself as opposed to a criticism. I would be interested in seeing how this is answered.

God bless!

Craig said...

Mr. Hoffer,
I hear Camping has taken into account different time zones...there will be multiple raptures according to time zones. Make sure you're not standing at the Indiana/Illinois border when the rapture comes.

Turretinfan said...

Mr. Hoffer:

The number of days is not dependent on what calendar system you use.

His way of arriving at his initial date is interesting, but it is something he actually tries to back up with some kind of scholarship.

Apparently he thinks it will be a time-zone by time-zone thing.


Michael said...

I thank God you have this much time on your hands! lol.

Also, have you ever engaged the Campingites on PalTalk?

Daniel said...

Wouldn't this give him one (or two) less days? That is, wouldn't this change the End to May 20?

Coram Deo said...

Looks like the end came ahead of Mr. Camping's schedule for some of TF's blog comments, they've been raptured!

But what of those "left behind"? *gasp*