May 21, 2011 IS Judgement Day! (Maybe)


 

A few months ago I wrote a post called Today is NOT Judgement Day.  https://laurensheil.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/today-is-not-judgement-day/

Now apparently some biblical scholars have concluded that May 21 2011 IS.  If you see in on the internet it must be true right?  Check it out;  http://www.may21-2011.com/

This is scary stuff. Scary because it is so well written and presented that many seemingly intelligent people will be taken in.  The biblical exegesis that went into this site is impressive, clearly it took the authors several hours to dig through the scriptures to find sound bites that support their claims but make no mistake, that’s all these scriptures are – sound bites – taken out of context and warped in amazingly creative ways to say something completely different from the original intent of their authors. 

Let me be perfectly clear, I don’t hate the authors of this site; I don’t think they are bad or evil people.  I think that this site, and many others like it are examples of how the enemy uses the good gifts of human intellect and creativity to deceive us, infiltrate our churches and set us up to fail.  Humans are “created creative” [Genesis 1:27] so it’s inevitable that some creatively intelligent people would come up with something like this but wisdom and discernment are gifts too and we have to ask for them and work at it [James 1:5].

In reading through the huge volume of documentation on this site I find at least three gross errors that I simply cannot ignore.  There are many more, but for the sake of time (we only have two weeks remember) I’ll just focus on these.

1)      The Authors are Hypocrites

The authors begin their 77 page paper “Nothing is More Important” with the following disclaimer. 

We cannot approach the Bible with preconceived ideas. We should not filter what we read in the Bible against our previous beliefs. We need to let God speak to us and reveal His truth to us. [Nothing is More Important pg3]

 

Presumably WE is only referring to you and me and not them.  As I read through the rest of the paper it is clear that their entire thesis is based on the idea that Jesus is going to return on May 21.  Every attempt they make to prove their thesis is really just an attempt at providing evidence for this single preconceived idea.  It is flat wrong, backwards mathematics, junk science and I dare say, evil!

2)      The Math is WRONG! 

Okay well maybe not, it’s not like they are saying 2+2 is 5 but the starting point is completely ridiculous. 

If any of the dates in the calendar of history are off by a year, or in some cases by a day, then the relationships between the dates would not be associated with spiritual numbers. [Nothing is More Important – pg32]

 

On pages 24-26 the authors lay out their completely fictional “Timeline of History” starting with the laughably arbitrary “year of creation”, 11,013 BC.  To be fair most anthropologists agree that the human civilization as we know it began approximately 13,000 years ago but not even the most arrogant researcher will ever attempt to narrow it down to more than a few centuries, what gives these guys the audacity to put an exact year on it?   Leaving aside the fossil record and the fact that the Genesis story is a poetic image that was never intended to be science or even history, I’ll let this go, they don’t attempt to build any of their calculations on it anyway.

The entire mathematical argument is based on another arbitrarily determined date.  According to our “scholars” Noah’s great Flood began on May 15, 4990 BC.  May 15 because Genesis says Noah closed the door to the arc on the 17th day of the 2nd month, which in the Hebrew Calendar is our May 15.  Fair enough; but they give no reason for the year presumably concluding it was 4990 BC because “if any dates in the calendar are off by a year” the whole thing falls apart.  They told us from the start that we can’t approach the bible with any preconceived ideas remember but apparently it’s okay to approach math this way. 

Building on this arbitrary year we learn that Jesus was born on October 2, 7 BC (don’t tell the Pope or any Children waiting for Santa Claus, oh wait he isn’t real, or is he?), was baptised by John the Baptist on September 25th, 29 AD, and Crucified on April 1, 33 AD.  Based on more “research” Judgement Day will therefore fall on May 21, 2011 and all creation will be destroyed on October 21, 2011. 

Wait, I skipped a step. 

Apparently God told Noah that the Flood was just a precursor to the final day of judgement that was going to occur in exactly 7000 years.  Assuming no year 0 -4990 + 7000 = 2011.  But did God actually say it would be 7000 years?

The authors pin their 7000 year calculation on a sound bite from 2 Peter and point it back to the flood account in Genesis 7.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.[2 Peter 3:8]

Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.” [Genesis 7:4] 

Apparently God was referring to two different floods in Genesis, one that that started on May 15, 4990 BC and since a day is as thousand years, a second flood that would start on May 21, 2011.  If that’s the case then every time a day is mentioned in the scriptures should we adjust everything to really mean 1000 years?  But it’s also important to note that the so called mathematical formula in that verse cancels itself out.  Peter goes on to say that a thousand years is as a day.  Will this second flood last for 40,000 years or 57 minutes?  Did it take 6000 years to create the heavens and the earth or 8 minutes?   When does God mean a day and when does he mean millennia?  Noah was 600 years old when he went into the ark, that’s hard enough to believe, was he really 219,000?  But wait that would mean Noah is OLDER THAN ALL CREATION by 206,000 years, or maybe he was just a toddler, who knows?  Bottom line, 2 Peter 3:8 is not a mathematical formula so much as it is a poetic reference to how God exists outside of time. 

And what about that arbitrary starting point of 4990 BC?  Oh right – IT’S ARBITRARY!!!!   You only land on 4990 BC if you assume that 2011 is the correct answer to that equation.  The authors give no explanation for how they got there.  Instead they use an age old psychological advertising trick known as The Power of The List.  They give 2 full pages of dates and events that somehow back up their claim and hope that we’ll be so impressed by their “research” that we won’t notice that the whole thing is a lie!

 3)      Fear Mongering is Sin

The Authors of this site are using bad exegesis, questionable mathematics and fear to drive their point home. 

2 Peter chapter 3 goes on to state that “the Lord’s Patience means salvation.” [2 Peter 3:15]  God is not a vengeful God bent on human destruction, he is a patient and loving God who wants nothing more than to have a relationship with all of his creation.  Starting on page 40 the authors lay out a very exclusive and downright offensive version of salvation built on fear of what might happen if we reject God while at the same time making it impossible for anyone to save themselves from certain destruction in just two week’s time.

Mankind is desperately wicked and rejects God. We cannot come to Him on our own; rather, God draws those whom He had chosen before the creation of the world to Himself. [Nothing is More Important pg 42]

 

It’s as if the authors are saying “You know what? None of this really matters because God has already decided who will be saved and who won’t.” 

That is not a God of love.  The entire paper is nothing more than a 77 page fear bomb.  Do this or you will die!  But wait, you can’t do this unless you are “chosen”.   Huh?!

John 3:16 says;

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

And 1 John 4 15-18 says;

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Nothing about chosen people and certainly nothing about being scared into salvation; whoever believes will be saved.  With love we can have confidence on the day of judgement.  This is not a message based on fear; this is perfect love, hope and kindness.  Anyone who uses fear to advance the kingdom of God is a sinner, a false profit and a tool of the devil, period!

Conclusion

The final nail in the coffin comes toward the end of the paper where the authors reveal the lie in their own argument.   

Any instruction we receive, including what is presented in this paper, must harmonize with the entire Bible. Focus on the Bible, it is the Word of God, it is the only way God is speaking to us.[Nothing is More Important pg69]

I would submit to the authors to follow their own advice.  There are some very compelling reasons as to why the paper “Nothing is More Important” and the web site www.may21-2011.com do not harmonize with even a little bit of the Bible.  I hope I’ve been able to outline just a few here.

Jesus is probably not returning on May 21 but if he is the way to prepare is not by spreading fear throughout creation.   Jesus return is not something to be feared but celebrated.  It will not be met with violence or destruction.  It will be a time of great rejoicing, peace and love. 

I do agree with the title of their paper however; indeed nothing is more important.

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. [1 Thessalonians 5:1-2]

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14 thoughts on “May 21, 2011 IS Judgement Day! (Maybe)

  1. Kurious2no says:

    Lauren,

    I am surprised you spent so much time and energy on refuting this non-sense. Generally, you craft such well written articles on matters that affect everyday life. Why did you take so much time and effort on this? The authors of this nonsense are not the “enemy”, as you mention in paragraph 2. They are just a bunch of nuts that few people will actually pay any attention to other than to laugh at.

    I am perplexed and surprised.

  2. Ah but that’s the point. These nut jobs are getting quite a bit of press and attention. They’ve spend millions on advertising, putting up billboards all over North America and the thing that compelled me to look into it was when they were given a full half hour segment on the CBC Morning news magazine program – “As It Happens” in Friday morning, with a listening audience in the millions.

    PS – the enemy is Satan, not these individuals…

  3. Not to mention the fact that this type of thing damages the reputation of all Christ-followers and makes evangelism more difficult.

    The person who brought this to my attention is an athiest who could hard contain her glee at the obsurdity of the story and I could tell she wasn’t just laughing at the nut jobs on the radio, in some small way she was laughing at all of us.

    That makes this story very relevant to the every day of Christ-followers.

  4. Good work Lauren; I think I’ll just go with what Jesus said,”No man knows the day and the hour when the Lord will come.”
    We shouldn’t dignify the article by debating it. It is another trick of the devil and the epitome of human arrogance when a man thinks he has God figured out.

    • I’m sorry Jim I can’t let this go. By ignoring this lie we are playing into Satan’s hands as much as the authors are. I believe it was Winston Churchill who said that all evil needs to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

  5. Lauren,
    Ya know things like this are so absurd I can’t help but to laugh at them. I find it very doubtful that those authors are biblical scholars. It would have been more believable even for the unbelievers and the most gullible in our society if they had written a piece claiming that they debunked the validity of the scriptures as the word of God And said that the whole of the bible; the Old Testament events, miracles, (for example the freeing of the Israelites’ from Egypt the plagues etc Sodom and Gomorrah.) That the foretelling and prophecies of the coming of the Christ was just a big lie and con job from the devil. And that Christ Himself was really the devil and the only one that could have pulled such a con off. The ascent into heaven; the healing of the sick, and the raising of the dead: (Lazarus and the little girl) the empty tomb. Etc etc.
    I have actually struggled with this and my faith and in the validity of the bible as the word of God (and the various beliefs of different religions denominations and sects) off and on over the years…and brought these questions to God seeking answers. What these fears did for me was they drove me closer to God Almighty The Father and creator.
    My final conclusion that I arrived at was that even if this were true and Satan conned us all and ancient man. It verifies proof positive that God exists in my mind and heart thus the jokes on the devil himself.
    But as far as this article I comment you and your effort to debunk this hog wash. And exposing those nut jobs for what they are.

  6. Not to go off topic and I apologize for doing so but I got to tell ya thought… I still struggle with the contradictions I find in scripture for example Compare Exodus 20: 4, (the second commandment) and Exodus 37:7-9, Isn’t the latter breaking one of the ten commandments… and God allowing it type of thing? Just one small example That I struggle with when it comes to scripture. but I still believe and accept Christ as my lord and savior…How do ya figure???
    But then I remember an old saying:
    For those who believe in the gospel no proof is needed. for those that don’t none offered will be enough.

    • the second commandment isn’t that you shouldn’t make an image but that you shouldn’t worship the images you have made [Exodus 20:5] the cheribim in exodos 37 are not items to be worshipped

  7. Kurious2no says:

    Like Kevin I went through a similar period of questioning religion but came to a very different conclusion. I read your blog with interest but rarely comment because it is clear to me that the audience you are writing for is a Christ based group of people to which I do not belong. Hence, my categorizing the “news of the end of the world” as just so much useless nonsense.

    What I do get out of your writings is some insight into how some christians are making an effort to make sense of the world in practical and thoughtful ways. Regardless of one’s religious beliefs or non-beliefs, we all still have to figure out how best to live with our fellow man.

    You write well, and make a great effort to think things through. So I will continue to follow your writings but will rarely ever comment as my comments would be of little interest to you or your audience.

    I hope to see a follow up post on May 22nd! 😉

    Kurious

  8. All I can say in response to Kevin is to keep looking to Jesus, there are lots of contradictions between the OT and NT but Jesus is the “author in perfecter of the faith”.

    Kurious, if I’m still here on May 22nd you can bet I’ll have something to say about it.

  9. j.m. says:

    Thanks for the very well written analysis.

    I have one question for those who actually believe May 21st will be the rapture (which I don’t) – “How many of you have quit your jobs or at least given notice to your employers that you won’t be in on Monday the 23rd? Seems to me if you are serious about this date, you would give your employers the opportunity to gracefully fill your positions BEFORE May 21. The question is a serious one – if you really believe that May 21 is it, you would have left your employment to spend all of your time praying for the salvation of those who haven’t come to the knowledge of the truth.”

    It seems to me faith requires action…

    • Another friend of mine did a “whois” search on the website I mentioned and noticed that they had registered it through 2012. If they really believed this crap they could have saved a few bucks there too don’t you think?

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