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Harold Camping vs. Mayan Calendar: Will the End of the World Be Oct. 21 or Dec. 21?

The world of doomsday predictions is hitting an all time high this year with two separate predictions that suggest that world will come to an end in the near future.

The first prediction comes from Christian radio broadcaster and end of times prognosticator Harold Camping.

Camping has seen all of his startling predictions concerning the end of the world proven untrue and has managed to make quite a media frenzy in the process, particularly during his last prediction that the end of the world would happen on May 21, 2011.

Following the failure of his May 2011 prediction, the 90-year-old told the San Francisco Chronicle that he was “flabbergasted” as to why his prophecy did not materialize.

Camping later explained that May 21 was just the “spiritual rapture” saying on his Family Radio website, “What really happened is that God accomplished exactly what He wanted to happen. That was to warn the whole world that on May 21 God’s salvation program would be finished on that day.”

However, Camping believes that the rapture is on its way and predicts that the “real” rapture will happen on Oct. 21, 2011.

Just recently Camping described his prediction of the upcoming rapture saying, “The end is going to come very, very quietly, probably within the next month. It will happen by Oct. 21.”

If the world manages to survive Camping’s prediction, in just little over a year there will be another doomsday prediction that humanity will be forced to endure.

The other prediction emanates from theorists that have studied Mayan calendars and suggest that the “Long Count” calendar created by the ancient civilization depicts the end of the word on Dec. 21, 2012.

The “Long Count” was used by the Mayans to document past occurrences and predict future events. The calendar began in the year 3114 B.C. and was calculated to continue for 5,126 years, making the end date of the calendar in 2012.

Dec. 21 doomsayers suggest that everything from asteroids, to solar flares, to polar shifts will cause the collapse of the world.

Other Mayan calendar believers suggest that the end of the Mayan calendar may transform our universe, as we know it. One example comes from spiritual healer Andrew Smith who has predicted that Dec. 21 will bring a “true balance between Divine Feminine and Masculine.”

Another example comes from author Daniel Pinchbeck who anticipates that Dec. 21 2012 will bring a “change in nature of consciousness.”

However, scientists and skeptics believe that there are serious flaws in using an ancient calendar and correlating its time frame with our modern calendar to predict the end of times or to predict a change in human consciousness.

Nevertheless, regardless of scientific or religious holes in the arguments offered by these doomsayers, the world will just have to wait and see what happens. If humanity manages to survive both predictions perhaps only one thing may actually come to an end, all the talk of doomsday.

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