Robert Fitzpatrick is convinced the world will end this Saturday, May 21, 2011. In fact, he's so convinced that he's poured his life savings into letting people in New York City know. Fitzpatrick has spent at least $140,000 in proclaiming "judgement day."
"Judgment Day will surprise people. We will not be ready for it," Fitzpatrick told the New York Post. "A giant earthquake will render the earth uninhabitable."
For the record, that quake will reportedly happen at 6 pm ET.
"God's people will be resurrected. It is also the day that God stops saving anyone," he explained.
In order to get the word out, Fitzpatrick has spent his life savings on 1,000 subway-car placards and ads on bus kiosks and subway cars. The ads are simple: "Global Earthquake: The Greatest Ever! Judgment Day May 21, 2011."
Fitzpatrick's predictions are included in a self-published book, "The Doomsday Code." He said the Bible offers "proof that cannot be dismissed." The Post explains, however, that the book is based off of a man who has been wrong before:
Fitzpatrick's book is based on the teachings of Harold Camping, an 89-year-old radio host with a poor track record of end-of-the-world prophecies.
Camping also predicted the world would end on Sept. 6, 1994.
When the sun rose per normal the next day, Camping went back to his Bible and tried to figure out why he was wrong.
Camping's group, familyradio.com, is buying billboards nationwide spreading his prophecy.
On a recent Friday in Manhattan, I experienced Fitzpatrick's marketing first-hand. Mobs of people holding up signs saying "Christ Returns! May 21, 2011 Judgement Day" lined the sidewalks. They also hung similar messages around their necks. In addition, a caravan of RVs slugged its way through Times Square, all with the same message.
That message includes a link to a website, Familyradio.com, where readers can view a multimedia version of the doomsday prophecy. A similar video is available on YouTube:
Wecanknow.com, also part of the movement and mentioned in the above video, trumpets the same message, and has been buying up billboards and trucks across the country to broadcast the end:
In a video posted on YouTube, Camping can be seen refusing to discuss what might happen if May 21 turns out not to be judgement day. According to him, "It is going to happen." No question:
So how does Fitzpatrick react to questions about Camping being wrong in the past?
"I don't want to talk about it. I don't want to think about it," he told the Post.
Read more at the New York Post.