Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Religious leader predicts judgment day

THERE are only 54 more days till the end of the world.

Or so an American Christian group wants you to believe.

According to reports, May 21 will mark the second coming of Jesus Christ.

The date, which was predicted by evangelist Harold Camping, the leader of Family Radio Worldwide, a Christian ministry based in California, comes as part of his own interpretation of the Bible.

While many religious denominations do not believe anyone can know when judgment day will take place, Camping, 89, believes May 21 is the date given according to calculations he conducted using scriptures from the Bible.

On his website www.familyradio.com, he explains that "judgment day is feared by the world (because it) is the day that God will destroy the world because of the sins of mankind".

Camping also adds that "God reminds us that one day is as 1,000 years, therefore, with the correct understanding that the seven days referred to in Genesis 7:4, it can be understood as 7,000 years...so God was also telling the world there would be exactly 7,000 years to escape the wrath of God that would come when He destroys the world on Judgment Day" and "7000 years after 4990 B.C. the year of the Flood, is the year 2011 A.D. in our calendar".

With the recent surge in natural disasters, social online networks have been abuzz with talks about judgment day but locally, religious figures pronouncement is to "not to be overly concerned".

In an interview, Haji Abzal Mohammed, President of the Inter Religious Organisation (IRO), said from an Islamic point of view, no one knows when the last day will be.

"God Almighty has even mentioned that in the Holy Qu'ran".

Mohammed said that during the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), he gave an idea of what will happen at the time of the end of the world, but never gave an exact year or time.

Some of the signs revealed by the Islamic Prophet, Mohammed said, is that "you will see poor people building high buildings, you will see that children have no respect for their parents and no respect for elders and you will see women walking naked on the streets, pretty much like what we saw for Carnival".

He said another foresight given by the prophet talks of a lot of police on the street "but the police will be working with the criminals".

Mohammed said Muslims believe that when judgment day does come, it will fall on a Friday, not a Saturday, as predicted by Camping.

"It says the end of the world will come on Muharram 10, which will be a Friday, and whatever is to happen will happen on a Friday, but those are the nearest areas we have, we don't have any accurate prediction and no one can predict when it will be," he said.

Reverend Knolly Clarke also called on people to take it "one day at a time" as he said the Anglican Church does not believe that anyone can know when judgment day will come.

"We believe there is a judgment day but when it will come, we do not know, so we are agnostic".

With regards to Camping's claim, Clarke added that he felt "it is a bit of speculation because there is nothing in the Bible that says when the judgment will come".

"For centuries people have said this is the last day, this is the end of the world, the end of time and all of that".

"Back in St Paul's day, in his own community, people were saying there would be a judgment day but we don't have that kind of sign, when it comes it will come like a thief in the night," he said.

On the other hand, Clarke said everyday should be a day for people to "prepare for the end time".

"Live well with your neighbours, your brothers and sisters and have a deep abiding relationship with God and leave it up to God," he said.

But what does the Bible really say about this? Well, the Bible does not predict the May 21 date. In fact, the Bible says, in Luke 12:40, "You must also be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him" and Matthew 24:36, "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."