11/11/2005: Apocalyptic Prophecy o'the Day....
Via BSTommy, We learn that a guy in Knox County, TN is predicting that 5 US cities are going to be "destroyed" by some event today, and that, as a result the US economy is going to spiral into collapse:
Farragut, Knox County (WVLT) - A Farragut man says he's only the messenger, claiming his personal relationship with god has revealed to him, five cities in the United States that will face economic collapse Friday, November 11, 2005.Um.... but if 11/11 is "the beginning of the end", why is it that sooooo many November 11ths have come and gone without the apocalypse yet? And for that matter, if the number 11 is so powerful, wouldn't 11/11/1911 have really been the more logical date for this disaster? Or maybe 11/11/2011? (Or even better yet, 11/11/1111? How the hell did the sun rise on 11/12/1111, anyway?)
As WVLT Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb learns, eleven is a well known number in history and this man feels eleven, eleven is the beginning of the end.
"But I want people to know that I'm perfectly sane, that I'm at peace with what's going to happen," John Gilmore says he's just a messenger and living by it. He says people in New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and San Francisco face some form of serious destruction on Friday.Just to prove that not all religious east Tennesseans are prophecy spewing wackjobs, the TV station is quick to provide An Accredited Man of the Cloth to challenge John's viewpoint:
"Something is going to happen to the effect that these cities are going to be devastated to the point that our economy is going to collapse," Gilmore says.
One local pastor says he's not buying Gilmore's claims.Personally, my standard answer to end of the world prophecies consists of two words: "Jehovah's Witnesses". For those of you not familiar with the Witnesses, let me just give you The Short Form: the Witnesses have gone on record as publicly prophesying the onset of Armageddon (and second coming of Jesus, of course) to occur in: 1914, 1915, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, and 1975.
"Remember the year 2000 where everything was going to be destroyed through Y2K and it never happened," says Pastor John Stuart, from Erin Presbyterian Church.
The deliverance of the saints must take place some time before 1914.Though I think BSTommy has the best last word on this particular prediction:
--Charles Taze Russell [founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses --LRC] in 1910
The deliverance of the saints must take place some time after 1914.
--Charles Taze Russell in 1920
We've narrowed down God's allegiance to either the Phillies or the Marlins. He's hedging his bets, I think, as he's annihilating the rest of the National League East today. I mean, wasn't it enough to get Mike Piazza out from behind the plate with the Mets and to send Leo Mazzone to the American League?
Len on 11.11.05 @ 07:31 AM CST