Billboards in American cities from Bridgeport, Connecticut to Little Rock, Arkansas are now advertising an alarming message that says the end of the world will begin on May 21, 2011, reports Associated Press.
The Oakland, California based group is not affiliated with any particular church but is rather an independent Christian ministry led by 89-year-old Harold Camping who is convinced that his reading of the Bible showed him the rapture will begin in May and that God will destroy the world on October 21, 2011.
The Rapture is the belief by some Christians that on or up to seven years prior to Christ's return they will be gathered together in the air to greet him thus being saved from destruction.
According to the group's website We Can Know (external - login to view), the dates are "100 percent accurate and beyond dispute".
Most churches will not predict when the end of this system of things will be citing Jesus Christ's words in Matthew 24:36 where he says, “Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father."
As part of the group's campaign to warn people of the impending destruction they use billboards, bus stop benches, volunteers to pass out pamphlets on the street as well as caravans of RVs carrying the message. The group even has missionaries heading to South America and Africa to warn the faithful.
In an interview with Associated Press (external - login to view), U.S. Army veteran Marie Exley said, "A lot of people might think, 'The end's coming, let's go party. But we're commanded by God to warn people. I wish I could just be like everybody else, but it's so much better to know that when the end comes, you'll be safe."