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Religious Group In Delaware County Claims Judgment Day Is Near

LINWOOD, Pa. (CBS) – The devastating earthquake in Japan is nothing compared to what Chris McCann claims the world will experience next month.

“The bible says in Revelations 16, an earthquake so big, so great the world has never experienced.”

Inside an old union hall in Linwood, McCann is spreading the word; On Saturday, May 21st, he says, the world will come to an end. “Believe it, believe it, it’s going to happen,” said McCann.

McCann admits the actual date is not in the bible. He claims God only recently revealed to him and other believers that judgment day is near. Those who believe time is running out aren’t afraid to show it. From bumper stickers, to t-shirts, and billboards along I-95, the message is getting out in Philadelphia and across the country.

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This unique group of people is following the teachings of 89-year-old Harold Camping. He’s a Christian radio broadcaster based out of Oakland, California who wrongly predicted a similar event a few years ago.

The most recent Pew Research Center study found that 79% of Christians in the United States believe in the second coming of Jesus. And 20% think it will happen during their lifetime.

“If it doesn’t happen May 21st, it may happen some other time,” said Julie Zhu, who was visiting Philadelphia from China.

“The bible says no man will know the day or the hour,” said another man.

Dr. Alyn Waller, the pastor at Enon Tabernacle Church, agrees no one knows the date or the hour. He says it’s in Matthew 24 verse 36.

“Time is winding up, so I’m comfortable with seeing world events that challenge us to take our faith seriously, but I don’t think we can name the day because scripture is very, very clear,” said Waller.

Reported by Jericka Duncan, CBS 3

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  • WJWalton

    Please, please, PLEASE do a follow-up story on this when May 22nd gets here without incident! I’d love to see reporters trying to chase these people down for comments once this is all over.

  • yupyup

    its all fun and games…………tilll christ comes back…..

  • bottomline

    While I too expect major earth changes, I wouldn’t give the book of Revelations credit for anything but being the writings of, John, a mad man at the time.
    The purpose of Christianity, as preached by Jesus, is to be saved, not to watch the door to see if the day of judgment is coming. Sorry to say, I suspect, most will wish they’d never been born, long before judgment day comes. IMO – We are reincarnated until we meet Godly standards.

  • Pete Wheatstraw

    Great job to Erika Von Tiehl this morning, for adding a bit of humor and critical thinking to a story that should not be taken seriously at all. It really is time for us to give up on these useless and dangerous superstitions, and devote that time and energy to really making the world a better place.

  • chuck in pa

    I can’t beleive this debate. Are not all things possible with GOD? Our comprehension is feeble and our will to beleive is weak. remember we are accountable for our every word.

  • Leon

    A Prophetic Pattern.
    The prophets Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Jesus Christ as well as the apostles Peter and Paul all spoke of God’s servant Noah. Noah’s days are shown by Jesus and Peter to be prophetic of “the presence of the Son of man” and a future “day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men.” Jehovah, in sparing Noah and his family when he destroyed that wicked world, was “setting a pattern for ungodly persons of things to come.”—2Pe 3:5-7; 2:5, 6; Isa 54:9; Eze 14:14, 20; Mt 24:37-39; Heb 11:7; 1Pe 3:20, 21.

  • Leon

    Design and Size of the Ark. The ark (Heb., te‧vah′; Gr., ki‧bo‧tos′) was a rectangular chestlike vessel presumably having square corners and a flat bottom. It needed no rounded bottom or sharp bow to cut rapidly through the water; it required no steering; its only functions were to be watertight and to stay afloat. A vessel so shaped is very stable, cannot be easily capsized, and contains about one third more storage space than ships of conventional design. There was a door provided in the side of the ark for loading and unloading the cargo.
    In size the ark was 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. Conservatively calculating the cubit as 44.5 cm (17.5 in.) (some think the ancient cubit was nearer 56 or 61 cm), the ark measured 133.5 m by 22.3 m by 13.4 m (437 ft 6 in. × 72 ft 11 in. × 43 ft 9 in.), less than half the length of the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2. This proportion of length to width (6 to 1) is used by modern naval architects. This gave the ark approximately 40,000 cu m (1,400,000 cu ft) in gross volume. It is estimated that such a vessel would have a displacement nearly equal to that of the mighty 269-m (883 ft) Titanic of this 20th century. No cargo vessel of ancient times even slightly resembled the ark in its colossal size. Internally strengthened by adding two floors, the three decks thus provided gave a total of about 8,900 sq m (96,000 sq ft) of space.
    “You will make a tso′har [roof; or, window] for the ark,” Noah was told. (Ge 6:16) Just what this was or how it was constructed is not altogether clear. Some scholars think tso′har is related to light and so they translate it “window” (KJ, Mo), “light” (AS, JP), “a place for light” (Ro). Others, however, associate tso′har with a later Arabic root meaning “back (of the hand),” “back (of a beast),” “deck (of a ship),” that is, the part away from the ground or water, and for this reason translate it “roof.” (AT, RS, JB) This tso′har, Noah was told, was to be completed “to the extent of a cubit upward.”—Ge 6:16.
    It could be, therefore, that the tso′har provided for adequate light and ventilation, not just a single cubit-square “peephole,” but an opening a cubit in height near the roof and extending around the four sides to give an opening of nearly 140 sq m (1,500 sq ft). On the other hand, while still allowing an ample opening for ventilation under the roof or elsewhere, the roof could have had slightly angled sides. Regarding this possibility James F. Armstrong wrote in Vetus Testamentum (Leiden, 1960, p. 333): “‘Unto a cubit upward you shall finish it’ is difficult to understand when sohar is translated either ‘light (= window)’ or even ‘(flat) roof’. If, however, a gable-type roof be postulated, the ‘one cubit upward’ can refer to the elevation of the crease of the roof above the level of the tops of the walls. In modern architectural terms, the ‘one cubit’ would be the height of the kingposts between which the ridgepiece is laid. . . . According to the argument that has been presented, the roof of Noah’s ark was conceived as having a four per-cent pitch (1 cubit elevation — 25 cubits from wall to ridge), quite adequate to permit the water of the rains to flow off.”
    Of what this huge ark was to be built was made plain by Jehovah: “Make for yourself an ark out of wood of a resinous tree [literally, trees of gopher].” (Ge 6:14) This resinous wood here prescribed is thought by some to be cypress or a similar tree. In that part of the world what today is called cypress was in abundant supply; it was particularly favored for shipbuilding by the Phoenicians and by Alexander the Great, as it is even down to the present time; and it is especially resistant to water and decay. Doors and posts made of cypress are reported to have lasted 1,100 years. In addition, Noah was told not merely to caulk the seams but to “cover [the ark] inside and outside with tar.”

    • sheriff

      So, what you’re saying is Noah was the first ever person to be “Tarred & Feathered”?

  • Leon

    Ample Carrying Capacity. The passenger list of the ark was quite impressive. Besides Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives, living creatures “of every sort of flesh, two of each,” were to be taken aboard. “Male and female they will be. Of the flying creatures according to their kinds and of the domestic animals according to their kinds, of all moving animals of the ground according to their kinds, two of each will go in there to you to preserve them alive.” Of the clean beasts and fowls, seven of each kind were to be taken. A great quantity and variety of food for all these creatures, to last for more than a year, also had to be stowed away.—Ge 6:18-21; 7:2, 3.
    The “kinds” of animals selected had reference to the clear-cut and unalterable boundaries or limits set by the Creator, within which boundaries creatures are capable of breeding “according to their kinds.” It has been estimated by some that the hundreds of thousands of species of animals today could be reduced to a comparatively few family “kinds”—the horse kind and the cow kind, to mention but two. The breeding boundaries according to “kind” established by Jehovah were not and could not be crossed. With this in mind some investigators have said that, had there been as few as 43 “kinds” of mammals, 74 “kinds” of birds, and 10 “kinds” of reptiles in the ark, they could have produced the variety of species known today. Others have been more liberal in estimating that 72 “kinds” of quadrupeds and less than 200 bird “kinds” were all that were required. That the great variety of animal life known today could have come from inbreeding within so few “kinds” following the Flood is proved by the endless variety of humankind—short, tall, fat, thin, with countless variations in the color of hair, eyes, and skin—all of whom sprang from the one family of Noah.
    These estimates may seem too restrictive to some, especially since such sources as The Encyclopedia Americana indicate that there are upwards of 1,300,000 species of animals. (1977, Vol. 1, pp. 859-873) However, over 60 percent of these are insects. Breaking these figures down further, of the 24,000 amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, 10,000 are birds, 9,000 are reptiles and amphibians, many of which could have survived outside the ark, and only 5,000 are mammals, including whales and porpoises, which would have also remained outside the ark. Other researchers estimate that there are only about 290 species of land mammals larger than sheep and about 1,360 smaller than rats. (The Deluge Story in Stone, by B. C. Nelson, 1949, p. 156; The Flood in the Light of the Bible, Geology, and Archaeology, by A. M. Rehwinkel, 1957, p. 69) So, even if estimates are based on these expanded figures, the ark could easily have accommodated a pair of all these animals.

  • grumpy

    Tea Party NUTS, Christian NUTS, what’s next?

    • Guess Who

      Liberal atheist nuts?

  • Seeuinoz

    Next thing you’ll tell me is Noah had 2 of every species on his boat… so let’s see… that’s about 1.5 million to 4 or 5 million species. Of course, I’m including insects and maybe a few bacteria or viruses. Anyway, the craft had to be big and had to be constructed to endure the divinely planned universal flood aimed at destroying every other person and animal on earth. Aquatic animals pose a minor problem since most can live only in sweet water or salt water but not both. A universal flood would mix the seas with the sweet water lakes, rivers, and streams. So on this boat we would need to build tanks, full with salt water, to hold these mammals.

    You starting to see the problem here Leon. Now let’s talk about feeding all these species and storing the feed, etc.

    If you still don’t see the problem buy a science book that’ll get you started.

    • Media Steve

      That is your problem to figure out. I can understand how a story like that sounds impossible, especially if you put yourself in the position of Noah. But there is one major difference. Noah believed in and worshiped God above all else. Of course it would be impossible to do that on your own. Noah had faith and regardless of proof of the story, it is a story of faith and obedience. So let’s figure out why you think the story is impossible. It is because you do not believe in God. Because if you did, you would concede that all things are possible in God. The reasons for why you do not believe in God could be many, but in the end you are abusing science. Science is nothing more than a measurement of all things. Something is either true, or it is not and either way we use the scientific method to validate. Since we can not use that method in this case, you jump to the conclusion that God does not have the power to assist Noah because God does not exist. Where is your proof that God does not exist? That is the true issue here. Not to make fun, but did you even think that God could have the power to ensure that salt water and fresh water did not mix? Of course you did not because you though that since you, yourself does not have the power, how could God? So there must be no God. This is not a sound scientific argument. Any atheistic scientist would concede that point. Best of luck to you. I hope that you find someday that you are not on your own.

    • Justin Cohen

      The Bible does not state that Noah has two of every species.
      It does state that he ahd two of every “kind”.
      That word kind can be properly interpreted as what we refer to as phylum.
      So therefore all the current variety and species came forth from that rich gene pool contained with the male and female of that “kind” as they reproduced.

  • Leon

    36 “Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be. 38 For as they were in those days before the flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark; 39 and they took no note until the flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken along and the other be abandoned; 41 two women will be grinding at the hand mill: one will be taken along and the other be abandoned. 42 Keep on the watch, therefore, because YOU do not know on what day YOUR Lord is coming.
    43 “But know one thing, that if the householder had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have kept awake and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 On this account YOU too prove yourselves ready, because at an hour that YOU do not think to be it, the Son of man is coming.
    Matthew 36-44

    • TSC

      Leon that was a good point. Notice in verse 40 “two men were in the field: one will be thaken and the other be abandoned.”
      I assume both were working both the Unsaved and the Saved were working at the moment Christ returns. The Christian man did not stop working to “wait” for the lord.
      Verse 40 “Two women will be grinding at the hand mill; one will be taken along and the other abandoned.”

      Notice again that the woman who was taken away was STILL WORKING.
      I don’t know anywhere in the Bible where it tells us to discontinue providing for ourselves and our families.

  • Leon

    3 While he was sitting upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately, saying: “Tell us, When will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?”
    4 And in answer Jesus said to them: “Look out that nobody misleads YOU; 5 for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 YOU are going to hear of wars and reports of wars; see that YOU are not terrified. For these things must take place, but the end is not yet.
    7 “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. 8 All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress.
    9 “Then people will deliver YOU up to tribulation and will kill YOU, and YOU will be objects of hatred by all the nations on account of my name. 10 Then, also, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and mislead many; 12 and because of the increasing of lawlessness the love of the greater number will cool off. 13 But he that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved. 14 And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.
    Matthew 24:3-13

  • Seeuinoz

    “The most recent Pew Research Center study found that 79% of Christians in the United States believe in the second coming of Jesus. And 20% think it will happen during their lifetime.”

    If you fall into this category you’re no different than Chris McCann… and “yes” Volleystar017 you do fall into this category….

  • Charlie

    When the Buddhists start boarding a big space ship, then I’ll worry.

  • Volleystar017

    I do believe in the second coming of Jesus but I know that no man will know. Sure there are signs but there is not an antichrist and there wasnt a peace tready for the whole world. I know that only God knows the day, the hour and every detail. He may “reveal” to some people about the end times but no one will know. there was talk about it ending in 2012, now may 21st 2011? The earthquakes, tusamis and everytthing are signs yes but there is much more to happen before the second coming of Jesus!

    • sheriff

      How about a third coming & a forth & so on?….Christ comes everyday to everyone who asks.

  • odie

    Silly Christians…

  • williejoe

    Too much Kool aid for these folks. Guess they missed their spaceship also.

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