Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Another One? Already?

Yes, it's true. There's yet another apocalypse scheduled for, well, today. Sorry about the short notice and all. I might even feel bad about it if, you know, anything was actually going to happen. The truth is that the end of the world is being predicted all the time and it never comes to pass, so you'd think people would learn - except that they never do.

The eBible Fellowship, an online affiliation headquartered near Philadelphia, has based its prediction of an October obliteration on a previous claim that the world would end on 21 May 2011. While that claim proved to be false, the organization is confident it has the correct date this time.

“According to what the Bible is presenting it does appear that 7 October will be the day that God has spoken of: in which, the world will pass away,” said Chris McCann, the leader and founder of the fellowship, an online gathering of Christians headquartered in Philadelphia. “It’ll be gone forever. Annihilated.”

McCann said that, according to his interpretation of the Bible, the world will be obliterated “with fire”.

So the deal is that the "eBible Fellowship" is one of the remnants of Harold Camping's ministry. Camping's failed apocalypse predictions were featured not once but twice here on Augoeides back in 2011.

Camping passed away in 2013, but apparently followers of false prophets are a determined bunch. Camping was basically a modern-day Millerite, in that like Miller he insisted that he could time the events predicted in the Book of Revelation based on a complex formula derived from other Biblical passages. Camping originally predicted that Christ would return in 1994, but when that didn't come to pass he revised the date to 2011.

I'll say it once more - how many times do these kinds of predictions have to fail before everyone stops taking them seriously? It has been obvious to me for some time now that the entire methodology is flawed, and that anyone who wants to try and predict the apocalypse needs to go back to the drawing board.

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