Enjoy your Saturday.

An 89-year-old preacher with a dubious history of apocalyptic predictions and a knack for gaining international attention says it could be your last.

"We happen to be living at the time God has ordained that judgment time has come," said Harold Camping, leader of the Oakland-based ministry Family Radio Worldwide. "God will completely annihilate the world and it will never come to mind again."

Camping says the Bible predicts May 21 as the day of the rapture.

Like many prophets in the Bible, he has been ridiculed for his prediction. Unlike many prophets in the Holy Scriptures who either were ignored or killed, Camping was invited to broadcast his message in recent months through a host of secular media.

But less than 48 hours before his prophesied end of the world, Camping said he had given up on getting the word out.

"I'm not doing interviews anymore because we're right up close to the end," Camping said. "I'm not doing any interviews otherwise because you don't have time to tell the world. There's no value in it."

Although theologians disagree on various facets of the rapture doctrine, such as what exactly unfolds on Earth after it happens, most agree that it is a moment where God saves Christian believers from his wrath against mankind.

Most also say nobody knows the day when it is supposed to happen, based on Christ's words in Matthew 24:35-36:

"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."

Kurt Fredrickson, director of the doctor of ministry program and a professor of pastoral ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, said Christians anticipate Christ's return, but "how that really plays out in the end, we really don't know."

But Camping believes he has correctly calculated the timing of Judgment Day, based on an apocalyptic timeline he says started during the flood of Noah.

He also teaches that May 21 corresponds to the exact day Noah's flood started.

According to Camping's website, 200million people will be raptured to heaven and saved from an earthquake that "will be so powerful it will throw open all graves.

Camping preaches that the remains of the all believers will be transformed into glorified spiritual bodies to be with God, while the bodies of all unsaved people will be tossed out on the ground "to be shamed."

Survivors of the earthquake will die off by Oct. 21, when God will destroy the world and anybody who remains, according Camping.

Unbelievers face annihilation upon death, he said.

There are plenty of Christians who disagree with Camping, including pastors who say speculation about the end of time is a waste of time.

"We don't try to scare people," said the Rev. Nelson Grande of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ontario.

Grande said that because nobody knows when the rapture will occur, he spends his time teaching people about how to be good Christians.

He said he is preaching a sermon on Sunday out of John 14, teaching his congregation that Jesus instructs his followers not to carry worry in their hearts.

Grande said preachers like Camping hurt the church's message of faith and hope in Christ.

Fredrickson agreed.

"It's moved from curiosity to a sense of embarrassment," he said. "People look at this stuff and say, so this is what Christians are about? What (Camping) is representing here is not the God that I know or the God of the Scriptures."

But Camping says only true Christians with revelation from God have known about the date of the rapture, just as God told Noah the exact timing of the flood, and just as he told Jonah to give the people of Nineveh a set amount of days to repent.

He said professing Christians who disagree with him are not really Christians at all, and that "God did not talk out of both sides of his mouth."

But it was Camping who once predicted that Jesus Christ would return in September 1994. 

When asked about that failed end-times forecast, Camping said: "The fact is that when we dig into the end of the Bible, it is a very difficult job because God has hid it very carefully."

Some who believe in the Bible don't believe in Camping's views of the end.

Among them is Jenn Baumann, a 27-year-old San Bernardino resident. Baumann wondered why the skies weren't ominous, and joked about folks forgetting that the world is supposed to end in 2012, a year that has become the focus of some end-times theorists.

She doesn't have any plans for today, but it has nothing to do with Camping's predictions.

"I guess if it ends, I'll be at home," she said.

As for Camping, when asked what he would be doing on Sunday, he gave a curt reply.

"The fact is, this is going to happen," he said before hanging up. "I don't even get into that question at all."


Calculating rapture day

Harold Camping, who has gone on record as saying the world was created in 11,013B.C., believes the Bible teaches that the flood of Noah's day was in 4990 B.C.

Camping, leader of the Oakland-based ministry Family Radio Worldwide, then points to the Apostle Peter in the 1st century writing of Noah's flood in an epistle where he also warns that God will one day destroy the world by fire.

Camping often quotes from 2 Peter 3:8, which reads: "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."

According to Camping, who takes literally Genesis 7:4, where God warns Noah, "For yet (in) seven days" he would cause it to rain on the Earth for 40 days and 40 nights, the seven days can be interpreted as 7,000 years.

So, says Camping, when God told Noah there were seven days to escape the flood, he also was warning that there would be 7,000 years to escape the final judgment.

Camping's math says that when one subtracts a year in moving from "an Old Testament B.C. calendar date to a New Testament A.D," the 7,000 years take the world from Noah's flood to 2011.

He also teaches that May 21 corresponds to the exact day Noah's flood started.