New Delhi: Weeks after a preacher from Oakland, California, US, predicted the end of the world on May 21, 2011, hoardings have cropped up overnight across India warning the people about same.
So far, the hoardings have been detected at public places in Etah and Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh, Bhubaneswar in Orissa, and Betul in Madhya Pradesh.
The authorities in the respective cities have no idea as to when the hoardings were put up and by whom.
Last month, reports have quoted preacher Harold Camping as saying that the world will precisely come to an end at about 6.00 pm on the said date.
He reckoned that two percent of the world's population will be immediately "raptured" to Heaven, while the rest of us will be sent straight to the Other Place.
Camping, an 89-year-old former civil engineer, has been spreading his Doomsday predictions via the Family Radio Network, a religious broadcasting organisation funded entirely by donations from listeners.
"It's getting real close. It's really getting pretty awesome, when you think about it," the Independent quoted Camping as saying.
"We're not talking about a ball game, or a marriage, or graduating from college. We're talking about the end of the world, a matter of being eternally dead, or being eternally alive, and it’s all coming to a head right now,” he added.
After 70 years of studying the Bible, he claims to have developed a system that uses mathematics to interpret prophesies hidden in it. He says the world will end on May 21, because that will be 722,500 days from 1 April AD33, which he believes was the day of the Crucifixion.
The figure of 722,500 is important because you get it by multiplying three holy numbers (five, 10 and 17) together twice. "When I found this out, I tell you, it blew my mind," he said.
Recent events, such as earthquakes in Japan, New Zealand and Haiti, are harbingers of impending doom, he says, as are changing social values. “It was sent by God as a sign of the end,” he says.
Camping previously thought that the world was going to end on September 06, 1994, but discovered that he had made a mathematical error.
First Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 23:49