Do You Have Your Life Vests And Boats Ready For May 21st?

Lady in Union Square train station with a sign stating the world will end on May 21, 2011.

This lady, or someone like her, has been in the Union Square train station fairly regularly over the last week or so.  When I first tried to take her picture, she was leaning against the side of the pole to the right.  She moved,  so I moved too.  I wonder if it’s because she has some doubts about what she’s promoting and is concerned about potential embarrassment when she wakes up on the morning of the 22nd to see clear skies and just another Sunday?

I say clear skies because the reasoning behind this theory that the world will end on May 21st, 2011 is that God said that “Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made” (Genesis 7:4) and He also said “that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8).  Apparently, May 21st, 2011 is the day God was talking about, and never mind that whole story that follows Genesis 7:4 about Noah in the ark.  That was just a prequel for the real event.  Or so they would have us believe, I guess.  There’s also some special numerology that they’re using to explain why they fixed on exactly May 21st that involves numbers with traditional symbolism and the number of days between the Crucifixion and that day.

Sign saying the world will end on May 21st, 2011.

I’m not going to hold my breath.  Like every other end-of-the-world theory that’s come before this one, this will end in disappointment and tears, and maybe even some embarrassment.  But, on the off chance that the world actually is flooded on the 21st, at least I won’t have to do finals for this semester.

12 thoughts on “Do You Have Your Life Vests And Boats Ready For May 21st?”

  1. They're really playing it up in the news here too. I suppose we'll have plenty of warning here on the East Coast of the US, since it'll be 6 PM on your side of the pond first. =)


  2. I took one of their tracts and started reading through it, and it requires some stretches of the imagination to interpret it the way they do. They even rely on an exact word count for some of their predictions, which seems insane to me considering the Bible wasn't written all at one time, in one spot.


  3. just be careful on that day coz if they know its not the end of the world, they might want to prove they are right and take matters into their own hands. lolz.


  4. kahel kuting: That's a very good point. If the end of the world were coming, and I knew it, I could find plenty of better things to do with my time than stand in the subway being mocked as a lunatic.We started talking about this in my World Humanities class yesterday, and another person in the class had one of the fliers that someone had put in her hand on the way to school. Well, I guess we'll see what happens in 14 more days. Or less. I guess it depends on what time zone you're in.


  5. if she knows that the world will end 13 days from now or probably 14 days from when you took that photo, she does act like she has a lot of time on her hands. i mean, if i knew the world was gonna end i wont be spending it in the subway with a ridiculously hideous life vest trying to let my negativity rub off on other people. id be in the bahamas or disneyland, boracay or palawan etc etc. i mean come on, we should treat each day like its the end of the world. that way we get to appreciate it more.


  6. reesan: God's omniscient, remember? You just reminded me of the final paper I have to write for World Humanities. It's about free will vs predestination, across 4 works we read during the semester. It's going to be long, and a good bit of work, but I'm looking forward to exploring the idea and writing about it.


  7. I appreciate how God had the foresight to use the Gregorian calendar, which wasn't invented until the 1500s, to inform us when he intends to end the world. He's good like that. 🙂


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