Today’s Opinion: Judgment Day

POSTED: 05/18/11 12:21 PM

While the office of the public prosecutor kept an eye on the smooth talkers of Global Wealth Trade, representatives of Family radio, a “Bible-based Christian broadcasting ministry with no church affiliation” quietly did its business in the streets of Philipsburg last week.” Nobody asked these guys for a business license, yet they were spreading a message of hell and damnation capable of scaring the living daylights out of vulnerable people.
We don’t remember exactly, but there were probably three of four characters with briefcases filled with flyers standing around near the tourist market. Their message: “The end of the world is almost there,” followed by the definite date when this will happen.
We’ll soon find out whether these messengers knew something we didn’t, because they announced that judgment day is on May 21. That is this Saturday, so it sounds like a good idea to move plans for a shopping spree, a nice family dinner or a visit to Le Petit Chateau to Friday evening. You just never know what’s going to happen.
We were of course curious where a radio station from Oakland, California got the idea that the world will come to an end this Saturday and why they thought it was fun to scare people in St. Maarten with this doomsday scenario. Maybe these guys wanted to spend their last days on earth under the Caribbean sun.
The flyers the radio station handed out are of course crammed with Bible texts, of which the most relevant comes from 2 Peter 3:8: “One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
The flood occurred in 4990 B.C., according to our doomsday-messengers. Judgment Day is in 2011, they add, pointing out that this is exactly 7000 years after 4990 B.C. Our calculator tells us that (4990) + 7000 = 2010, but that is probably a detail only an ignoramus would bring up.
Family radio reasons that God told Noah just before the flood (the one of 4990 B.C., we guess) that the flood would begin in seven days. Those seven days equal 7,000 years.
To dazzle us with some more figures the Californian doomsayers point out that, reckoned from the Day of the cross on April 1, 33 A.D. there are exactly 722,500 days until May 21, 2011. “This fact gives us another infallible, absolute proof that May 21, 2011 is the date of the Rapture and the date when Judgment Day begins.”
The leaflet continues with an elaborate explanation of how the divine broadcaster arrived at those 722,500 days. Trust us; you don’t want to know this.
Best thing to do, we figure, is to do your shopping on Friday and close your hurricane shutters once you get home safely.
Oh, before we forget, there will be a Today newspaper on Monday, May 23.

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