Friday, May 20, 2011

Here are some Australian sources that may, or may not, provide the initial reports of the Apocalypse

This is a follow-up to my earlier post.

Do you remember the year 2000?

In my country, the ABC television network aired an all-night/all-day special, hosted by Peter Jennings, that reported 2000 New Year's celebrations as each time zone struck the hour of midnight.

According to Harold Camping, something very similar will happen, beginning in the next few hours:

[W]hen we get to May 21 on the calendar in any city or country in the world, and the clock says about — this is based on other verses in the Bible — when the clock says about 6 p.m., there’s going to be this tremendous earthquake that’s going to make the last earthquake in Japan seem like nothing in comparison. And the whole world will be alerted that Judgment Day has begun. And then it will follow the sun around for 24 hours. As each area of the world gets to that point of 6 p.m. on May 21, then it will happen there, and until it happens, the rest of the world will be standing far off and witnessing the horrible thing that is happening.

Now I (and Harold Camping) live in California, one of the last places that will witness these events. So if Camping is a true prophet, things will start to ... um ... roll much earlier.

Kiribati changed the time zone of Caroline Island so that it could be the first place to celebrate the year 2000. Kiribati is UTC+14, so they would presumably be the first to feel the effects of the earthquake, at a time when Europeans (and even some Americans) will be asleep. (If I did the math right, this would be at 9:00 pm Pacific time Friday night.)

But the Australians will be awake (Brisbane and Melbourne observe UTC+10 at this time of year), and therefore they (and the New Zealanders) may be the first to hear of the end of the world (if, of course, Camping is a true prophet).

So if you're interested in spectating the accuracy (or lack thereof) of Camping's predictions, two Australian news sources are The Inquisitr and Johnny Worthington's personal blog.

I don't know whether Camping will be reading either of those websites, but he has said what he will be doing:

[T]he likelihood is that I'll be doing what everybody else will be doing, which is listening to the radio or watching TV, seeing what is happening as it begins on the other side of the world.

For my beliefs about whether Camping is a true prophet, see my September 2007 post.

And Worthington, if you intentionally change your website so that it presents a 404 error after 6pm Saturday Brisbane time, I'll fly over there and break your ukelele strings...
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