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End of the World? Roswell Residents Chime In

It has been predicted that today is when the world will end. Families in Roswell discuss if the idea may happen.

Many are convinced that today, May 21, 2011, will be the end of the world.

Basing predictions on archaic math, a particular Christian sect has pinpointed this date as the day when the biblical rapture will take place. Across the country, opinions on this topic range from it being a baseless prediction to fear that extremists might take their own lives prior to anything actually occuring.

Roswell Patch recently asked locals at the Starbucks on Holcomb Bridge for their thoughts. Several residents chimed in on the topic and the thoughts are divisive.

"No one can say the exact date that the world will end,” said Roswell resident Michelle Robinson. “This is hypocrisy at it’s best.”

"There is a time when we have to confess our sins. I believe in the rapture. I know our time is up, “ said Mark Jordan, who also lives in Roswell. "Anyone who can’t see that all that is happening in the world doesn’t mean our time, is up is crazy."

Jordan was referring to the historic floods of the Mississippi River over the past weeks. He also pointed to the earthquakes and storms that have plagued the world recently.

“I am 68 and I am seeing more disasters and heartache than you will probably ever see,” he said.

“It’s not as simple as that. People are afraid of this day because they haven’t been living right,” said Joice Scott. "No one knows the date. You must confess your sins, honestly. You can not just say it. You must believe.”

George Butler said that those in fear have committed sins and deserve to be afraid.

“Only those that have sinned are going to be left behind,” Butler said.

Christian leaders in the Roswell community agree too many are focused on the end of the world, instead they say people should take more comfort in focusing on improving their lives today. 

 “No one can predict the exact day and time to the end of the world," says Dr. Mike Long, of Roswell United Methodist Church.

He points to the Bible's book of Mathew, chapter 24, as the reason. Long notes further that the Bible said Jesus told his followers that even He did not know the day of the rapture.

 “There is not a secret code to use to determine the date of the rapture,” he said. “Jesus does not have access to that knowledge so how can we. Sometimes people misuse the Bible and fail to study it.”

Melloniee Jackson pointed to media as one reason so much hype is made over these types of predictions.

“Without faith, you can worry your head off,” she said.

Spiritual Life Pastor Matt Farlow at Fellowship Bible Church added to the discussion, saying people should rely on their faith. Whether they disagree or agree with the prediction, everyone should focus on what is truly important by taking care of their own homes, family and friends.

 “Christ is not to fear. He eargerly awaits our arrival,” he said. “We should not be afraid.”

Rev. Daniel W. Blair May 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM
I am very sad for those who have been following this lie that the rapture will occur on May 21st. Even if they attempt to explain away “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32), they cannot explain away that most every Christian, theologian, scholar, and prophet from the first Century until the Nineteenth Century all believed that the church would go through the Great Tribulation and not escape through some secret rapture that would leave the world paralyzed. I pray that they will take a moment and read my book, “Final Warning” because the hour of is His judgment has come. http://www.revelation-truth.org
Amy May 21, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Mr. Butler, ALL have sinned and fall short. Those who confess their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and believe in their heart will be saved. Those are the ones who will be taken into heaven. Even after being saved, we will still sin because we are human but we have forgiveness through Jesus Christ. And He loves us even though we sin. Those who believe have nothing to fear because God is a loving and forgiving God.
Mrs Deborah H. Williams May 21, 2011 at 07:46 PM
I use this prediction as a tool to say my glass of cold water on a hot summer's day as being half full with the grace of Jesus. My christian walk leads me to always believe in the words of the Holy Bible written by Holy Men chosen by Our Lord and Savior that the second coming of Christ will be as a thief in the night and no one will know the time or day. With this said I will continue to enjoy this very blessed day that I was born 61 years ago, and to Thank Ms DeSue for this article so those that want share their thoughts on this subject are able to do just.
annamarie May 23, 2011 at 01:05 PM
HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR THIS OLD FOOL 1.He said all in Churches are ruled by the Devil 2.Millions of Babies would die on May21 3. He was “the” Bible expert and Priest,Ministers,and all others were evil 4.He said the deaths would be beautiful on Judgment day THE FCC MUST REMOVE HIS STATION FROM THE AIR SEE HOW HE TOOK $$$38 MILLION IN 1 YEAR FROM HIS FOLLOWERS! SEE HERE http://haroldcamping-21.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-harold-camping-pulled-off-biggest.html

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