Judgment Day: Will May 21, 2011, Be the End of the World?

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According to a small Christian movement, yes, it will. 

The movement, led by Harold Camping, who runs the Evangelical network Family Radio, is predicting that mid-May of this year will bring about Judgment Day — the time when, according to some, the earth will be destroyed because of mankind’s sins and all Christian believers will ascend to heaven.

(More on TIME.com: See more on Harold Camping and Judgment Day.)

Apparently Camping believes this will occur on May 21 on the basis of a mathematical system he created to interpret prophecies hidden in the Bible.

While the prediction is pretty eerie in light of the mysterious animal deaths in Arkansas, it’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time that Camping has predicted the end of the world.

He originally used his mathematical system to predict that Sept. 6, 1994, would be Judgment Day. (via NPR)

See TIME’s photo-essay “Cinematic Visions of the Apocalypse.”