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The Excuses Discredited Doomsday Prophets Make


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The Excuses Discredited Doomsday Prophets Make

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By: Jonathan Easley
May 22, 2011


The Excuses Discredited Doomsday Prophets Make

What do they say when the appointed hour comes and goes ...
... and nothing happens?




There's a line in the book of Matthew that doomsday prophets like Harold Camping -- the 89-year-old who promised the world would end on Saturday -- always seem to ignore: It says that nobody knows the actual day or the hour, not even Jesus or the angels.

It's a line that serves as a reminder that nobody can know the mind of God. But it clearly hasn't stopped Camping and his ilk from trying. In honor of Camping's (latest) doomsday flameout, hereís look at some of the (many) other apocalyptic forecasts that failed to materialize -- and at the morning-after excuses those false prophets offered. (Or, since I'm actually writing this before Saturday, perhaps itís documented evidence of how I ended up on the wrong side of the biggest I-told-you-so in history ...)

This is who you should thank: Dorothy Martinís end of the world predictions were bizarre even by the high standards of doomsday forecasting. She claimed to have received psychic messages from aliens on the planet Clarion informing her that she and her followers would be beamed-up to a flying saucer on Dec. 21, 1954. This was good news for them -- according to Martin, everyone else on Earth would be left to drown like rats in a terrible flood. As is customary, her followers quit their jobs, gave away everything and spent the days leading up to the flood in fervent prayer. Instead of offering a mea culpa when nothing happened, Martin took credit for mankindís salvation. She said it was her devotion to the Clarion-ites that saved the Earth from destruction.

Harold Camping Redux:
As Salonís Steve Kornacki detailed here, the Family Radio front-man has been in the business of terrifying small children since at least the early '90s. His peculiar brand of science and math last led him to declare that the world would end on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1994. But Camping had a built in excuse -- his book was titled "1994?" and was therefore not an absolute declaration of the Armageddon. But 17 years later, the Camping pamphlet I received had no such equivocations.

88 reasons why he was wrong:
Edgar Whisenant wrote a bestselling book called "88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988." He initially bought himself a little bit of wiggle room by predicting the horsemen to ride sometime between Sept. 11 and 13 of that year. When it did not come to pass, he revised his dates, first by a few days, and then by a few weeks. Whisenant cited various oversights, such as Rosh Hoshana needing to be complete all over the world, not just in Little Rock, Ark. (the time zones paradox). Despite his clear lack of authority on the matter, the following year he published "The Final Shout: Rapture Report 1989," and continued selling millions of these books with the same title and a revised year through 1993.

Perhaps this is how it should be done:
Michael Stifel was an ambitious young German monk whose apparent capacity for numerical mysticism and cabalistic interpretation landed him in a great deal of trouble. Despite his fellow clergymenís attempts to get him to shut up about it, Stifel proselytized that the end of the world would come on Oct. 3, 1533, at precisely eight oíclock in the morning.

His congregation was appropriately freaked out by this news, so when the hour came and went, he was summarily ejected from his ecclesiastical quarters and flogged in the streets.





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By: BJ Lutz
Saturday, May 21, 2011




'Holy Turtle' Found on 'Day of Rapture'

While there has not yet been a second coming of Christ (as of this writing) on this day of Rapture, there was at least one holy sign for the faithful to embrace in northwest suburban Streamwood.

A printing company employee out on her break picked up a tiny turtle and was immediately struck by its markings.

"Right away, to her it resembled the Virgin Mary," said Ronnie Chavez in retelling his mom's Saturday morning tale.

The painted turtle -- about the size of a half-dollar -- was wandering across the parking lot. Chavez's mother, Gricelda, intended to move it to the safety of a pond, but the turtle flipped over when she reached down, revealing the pattern on the bottom of its shell.

"It caused a big stir. [Co-workers] came over. They were taking pictures," said Chavez.

The reptile, now nicknamed Holy Turtle, was taken home and is temporarily living in a new container and has been offered a bit of food.

"I honestly don't make too much of it. It's a coincidence of the pattern, but my mom is a little bit more religious -- Catholic. She's not taking it too serious, but of course it's kind of a big deal," said Chavez.

The date of the find is not lost on his family.

"I just thought it was kind of funny since today was supposed to be the big Doomsday",
he said.

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