RE: I would be happy to give the computations a fair shake despite my bias going in.
Want to see how Camping does it ? You have to read his book.
Here’s a sample :
Christ hung on the cross April 1, 33 A.D., he began. Now go to April 1 of 2011 A.D., and thats 1,978 years.
Camping then multiplied 1,978 by 365.2422 days the number of days in each solar year, not to be confused with a calendar year.
Next, Camping noted that April 1 to May 21 encompasses 51 days. Add 51 to the sum of previous multiplication total, and it equals 722,500.
Camping realized that (5 x 10 x 17) x (5 x 10 x 17) = 722,500.
Or put into words: (Atonement x Completeness x Heaven), squared.
Five times 10 times 17 is telling you a story, Camping said. Its the story from the time Christ made payment for your sins until youre completely saved.
For one historical point that should be of interest , the crucifixion was a couple of years earlier than that, hence the rapture according to Harold Campings 1,978 years logic should have been no later than May of 2009 (33 A.D. for the crucifixion year has been eliminated by most serious biblical scholars). His followers should take the time and look at what the Bible does and does not teachas it does not teaching many of the calculations that he is teachings.
Notice the basis for the 1,978 years according to Harold Camping:
1978 = 2 x 23 x 43
Number 2 symbolizes those who are to bring the Gospel.
Number 23 symbolizes wrath
Number 43 symbolizes judgment
Thus, by the number 1,978, God is emphasizing that judgment will fall on those who had been commissioned to bring the Gospel (2) and are still subject to the wrath of God (23 and 43). (We are Almost There!, p. 64)
I didn’t think anyone could beat Louie Farrakhan’s knack for math, but this guy Camping may change my mind.