May 20, 2011

Red Sox + Cubs = The End Of The World

That's great
It starts with an earthquake ...

In the dark ages, before October 2004, a common joke was that if the Red Sox and Cubs ever met in the World Series, neither team would win. The two clubs, whose championship droughts had lasted so long people began thinking supernatural forces were hard at work denying them baseball's ultimate prize, would meet and play out the series to the very end - Game 7, tied, in extra innings - and just as one of these sad-sack franchises was about to actually be crowned the champions of baseball ... the world would come to an end.

Boston's 2004 and 2007 World Series championships ended that scenario (though in a way, that old world did end), and while the Cubs have not won a pennant in 66 years, the two franchises have played meaningful games against each other. In June 2005, they played three games in Wrigley Field. And this weekend, they meet for three games at Fenway Park.

But guess what is going to happen right before Saturday's game?

Judgment Day!

Harold Camping, a Christian evangelist and co-founder and president of Family Radio, has been preaching that Judgment Day will arrive shortly before 6 PM on Saturday, May 21, when a series of unprecedentedly large earthquakes will shock the globe.
It is absolutely going to happen. ... There is no possibility that it will not happen, because all of our information comes from the Bible.
In the same way people greeted the dawning of the year 2000 time zone by time zone as a new day began around the globe, the apocalypse/rapture will begin in New Zealand and move eastward.

According to Camping, May 21, 2011 is exactly 7,000 years since the worldwide flood of Noah's time. If you are curious about the math, you can click here and look through "We Are Almost There!"

Of the various doomsday predictions that come and go, this one has received a lot of press. Perhaps it's because Camping's followers have done a remarkable job of buying billboards and bus shelter ads (some believers have spent their life savings), and driving around in cars and trucks like the one above; or maybe the shit really is going to hit the fan this weekend.

Gunther von Harringa, a spokesman for Camping and Family Radio, says: "God has exhausted his patience with the world." (I can't say that I blame him.) After five months of torment, misery, and friggin' anarchy, the earth and universe will be destroyed on October 21.

IYI: Camping also predicted the world would end on September 6, 1994.


Michael said...

"I can't say that I blame him" That made me laugh so hard.

Bryan said...

typo at the end? October should be May?

Jeremy said...

Birds, Snakes, an aeroplane, Lenny Bruce is not afraid.


9casey said...

this one killed me:

This is not the first time Camping made an end-of-the-world prediction; he predicted the world would end on May 21, 1994, which he now calls a miscalculation.

ya think...
hopefully the jokes not on us....and if it is who do I pray to , seeing Jesus is behind this whole thing....

allan said...

typo at the end? October should be May?


Judgment Day is tomorrow evening, then there will be 5 months of bad stuff, and the universe will be destroyed on October 21.

... so max out those credit cards, people!

allan said...

Casey: It's a little hard to figure out, but if you wait until the quakes start, I think it's too late. (What you should do? Not sure. But they have stated that regular ol' churches are bad.)

laura k said...

If only we could know for sure.

1. Quit my job, quit school.
2. Cash in "retirement" savings (quotes because I will never be able to retire)
3. Hit the road
4. Travel until October, then kiss it all goodbye

Hey Allan, let's visit all 30 ML parks... starting now!

laura k said...

I guess the "5 months of bad stuff" will make travel a tad difficult, eh? Maybe we'll just watch baseball and do a lot of drugs.

laura k said...

This story has some funny quotes and responses to this latest Judgment Day.

Then there is the 31-year-old Toronto man who posted an ad on Craigslist Thursday to find a partner to satisfy his lust for the last time.

The ad read: "FINAL HOOK-UP BEFORE THE RAPTURE" and requested: "Please respond with a photo. God dislikes anonymity."

The man added: "I love sex and don't want to die without another kick at the can."

allan said...

In about 1972, my mom got into Jehovah's Witnesses, from her sister. I was 9. Thinking back, I don't recall a fuss, but the JW organization was saying that 1975 would be the end. Afterwards, they backtracked and said people were wrong to have put so much hope in 1975 and don't you know that no one knows the hour or the day, etc., deftly ignoring the very clear messages they had been sending about the fall of 1975 for more than a decade, in magazines, books, and at conventions. Plus, it was just the latest in a long line of predictions the organization had made, including, but not limited to, 1874, 1914, 1918, 1925 and 1975.

One guy I knew (who had two kids about my age) sold his house/farm to have $$ so he could devote himself full-time to spreading the word as the end drew near. And yet he remained undeterred after nothing happened. As I noted in the post, it has been reported that several people have done the same thing in this case.

San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

I've been invited to a post-rapture looting party!