Is May 21 the end of the world?

May 20, 2011 10:31:26 AM PDT
Some people here in the U.S. and around the world are bracing for what they believe will be the end of the world.

Preacher and Family Radio Network host Harold Camping is predicting "the rapture" or Judgment Day will happen Saturday at 6 p.m. Chicago time. He has been predicting the world's end would come on May 21, 2011 for years but his idea has gained recent notoriety, in part because of billboards posted around the country.

"The whole world will know instantly that judgment day has begun," Camping said.

"The apostle John himself was very confident he was living in the end times. We've been in the end times for 2000 years," said Professor Jeremy Grinnell with Cornerstone Theological Seminary.

The doomsday prediction has some people planning "rapture parties." An atheist group in Seattle, Wash., is taking up tongue-in-cheek collections for those who are left behind.