jesus raptureWith 2012 barreling down the pike at us, we are hearing more about end-of-the-world scenarios such as Armageddon, the Apocalypse, the Mayan Calendar and the Rapture. Shades of Y2K! And as the end did not occur then, chances are the world (and humanity) will still be here in 2011, 2012 and much later – it will just be even more of a mess.

As concerns the “Rapture,” wherein hundreds of millions of Jesus followers will be sucked up into the sky to join with the Lord and Savior, some wags might say, “Bring it on, already! We need the extra natural resources here on Earth!”

Biblical scholar’s date for rapture: May 21, 2011

Harold Camping lets out a hearty chuckle when he considers the people who believe the world will end in 2012.

“That date has not one stitch of biblical authority,” Camping says from the Oakland office where he runs Family Radio, an evangelical station that reaches listeners around the world. “It’s like a fairy tale.”

The real date for the end of times, he says, is in 2011.

The Mayans and the recent Hollywood movie “2012” have put the apocalypse in the popular mind this year, but Camping has been at this business for a long time. And while Armageddon is pop science or big-screen entertainment to many, Camping has followers from the Bay Area to China.

Camping, 88, has scrutinized the Bible for almost 70 years and says he has developed a mathematical system to interpret prophecies hidden within the Good Book. One night a few years ago, Camping, a civil engineer by trade, crunched the numbers and was stunned at what he’d found: The world will end May 21, 2011.

This is not the first time Camping has made a bold prediction about Judgment Day….

Will we see yet another failed prediction? Who will be chuckling on May 22, 2011?

Matthew 24:36: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”

If Jesus is God, how can he not know something God knows? Are there times when Jesus isn’t God? And how do preachers like this one pretend to know something even Jesus doesn’t?