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The Rapture May 19, 2011

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

Saturday, as you’ve likely heard, is the rapture. Christians will be taken up with Christ. If you don’t happen to be taken up, you will be here for the end of the world in 2012. At least this is my understanding.

Yesterday I called my friend Sue, whose daughter graduates from college on Sunday. “What if she’s taken up in the rapture?” I asked. “On the day before she graduates? After a couple hundred–plus thousand dollars, wouldn’t that piss you off?”

“If she’s taken,” said Sue, menacingly, “they better take the whole family.”

I do not expect to be taken up. For those who remain, are we all doomed to hell?

I’m hoping that some of you will be around after Saturday to keep me company. I guess if you are taken up in the rapture, I will have to be happy for you, but I will miss you. Let’s meet here on Monday, OK? I want to find out who’s still around.


1. Maureen - May 19, 2011

I think the rest of us all burn up mid-October. Something like that.

Pretty sure I won’t be among the chosen few ascending to heaven. I am equally sure the ones smugly waiting with their overnight bags packed won’t be among the chosen either.

See you Monday.

2. Bridgett - May 19, 2011

But I thought we were all doomed by the Mayans in December 2012?

While I don’t have any comment re: Mayans (being neither a Mayan, nor a doomsday expert, nor a scholar in Mayan calendar usage although I assume “the end” for them was the same as “oops, my daytimer ran out I guess I better start over with a new one” for us–ok, so I guess I do have a comment re: Mayans), I do have something to say as a Christian who still goes to church and tries to live a life like Christ might have suggested.

And so just this: “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matt 25:13) Nowhere does he say: “Calculate, therefore, for the day and the hour are written in code in books that aren’t even standardized or translated into your language yet.”

indigobunting - May 20, 2011

A most excellent point, Ms. B.

3. Craig (Maito Sewa Yoleme) - May 19, 2011

The Mayans were pagans, so Harold Camping (the nutcase who has been spreading this May 21 nonsense) would dismiss them without a second thought.

According to Camping, “On May 21, 2011 two events will occur. These events could not be more opposite in nature, the one more wonderful than can be imagined; the other more horrific than can be imagined. A great earthquake will occur the Bible describes it as ‘such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.’ This earthquake will be so powerful it will throw open all graves. The remains of the all the believers who have ever lived will be instantly transformed into glorified spiritual bodies to be forever with God. On the other hand the bodies of all unsaved people will be thrown out upon the ground to be shamed.

“The inhabitants who survive this terrible earthquake will exist in a world of horror and chaos beyond description. Each day people will die until October 21, 2011 when God will completely destroy this earth and its surviving inhabitants.”

A reporter from the SF Chronicle has been keeping a blog about Camping and his predictions for some time now. He calls it “Last Year on Earth.”

It should be noted that Camping predicted the same Last Judgment a number of times previously: in 1988, 1994, 1996, 2008, and now 2011. The man is a very frail 89 years old, so perhaps he’s just foreseeing his own death.

Bridgett, I like a verse in the previous chapter even better. Matthew 24:36 says, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” I’m guessing the angels and the Son should have asked Mr. Camping for the answer.

indigobunting - May 20, 2011

Craig, thank you for the education and your final commentary.

4. Mali - May 20, 2011

After such impressive responses, I was reluctant to come on and be mediocre. But hey, I may as well grasp “mediocre” and call it my own.

I’ll be here Sunday. And if I’m here Sunday (as I get to it 18 hours or so earlier than you), I’ll let you know what to expect. Though of course, I forget that apparently NZ is a bit dodgy as we did have those earthquakes which supposedly proved we’re all sinners.

indigobunting - May 20, 2011

Well, you ARE New Zealanders, after all!

Mali, the commentary has been far more enlightening than my blathering. But I’m glad to have sparked comments that are more interesting than the original post!

5. Lali - May 20, 2011

Such an informative post and comments! I had heard about the end of the Mayan calendar and its significance, but had missed the news about the upcoming Rapture. Where would I be without my blogging friends?

indigobunting - May 20, 2011

Blissfully ignorant and wildly confused as you were swept upward, no doubt…

6. helen - May 20, 2011

Oh for chrissake, that Camping better not be right. My birthday is Oct. 22, and I’d like to live long enough to celebrate it.

indigo bunting - May 21, 2011

Helen: I have faith that Camping isn’t right. I’m looking forward to wishing you a happy birthday!

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