RENO, NV - A billboard, on the corner of Moana and Kietzke, predicting that the biblical Day of Judgment will happen this weekend is getting a lot of attention. Similar signs have been popping up in cities across the United States. Some even speculated that it’s really a clever ad campaign introducing a new radio show “Judgment Day”, but a quick look at the station's web site eliminates that idea.
Family radio did not respond to our request for interview, but their homepage clearly outlines why they believe May 21st is the beginning of the end. They claim “On May 21st, 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." They go on to describe a great earthquake; the ascent of believers to Heaven, and finally the death of all people by October 21st of this year.
However, according to most Christians, a prediction like this goes against the bible. “We believe firmly that Jesus Christ is going to come back,” says Pastor Dan Frank of Grace Church “but the bible is very clear as to whether we’re supposed to be predicting a date. In fact, the Book of Acts says when Jesus himself spoke to the subject we’re not supposed to predict dates.”
The May 21, 2011 Judgment Day prediction is made by Christian radio host Harold Camping, who had previously predicted that the rapture would occur in September 1994. He has since admitted that his previous calculations were off.
While some say there's no harm, in predicting the end of the world if it doesn't come, others disagree. They worry it can shake the faith of some Christians, and lead others to engage in irresponsible behavior.