Chris McCann, leader of a Christian group known as the eBible Fellowship, has predicted that "the world will pass away" on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.
The prediction by the eBible Fellowship -- a Philadelphia-based online Christian group -- that the world would end on October 7 is based on a previous prediction by the California-based Christian radio host and preacher Harold Camping.
Camping had predicted in broadcasts aired on his Family Radio that the world would end in May 2011. And when -- despite the mass hysteria generated by his prediction -- nothing happened on May 21, 2011, he revised the date to October 2011, which also failed.
According to the group, careful reading of certain biblical texts prove that the world would "likely" end on October 7.
McCann argues that Camping's May 21, 2011 date was not entirely false. He claims that Camping's error was that he did not realize the date only signified the day that God completed selection of true Christians who would survive Armageddon.
After May 21, 2011, according McCann, God embarked on a 1,600-day project to select non-Christians that will be saved, and according to his calculations, the 1,600 days of divine probation ends on October 7, 2015.
"According to what the Bible is presenting it does appear that 7 October will be the day that God has spoken of: in which, the world will pass away," McCann said.
He added that the world "will be gone forever" on October 7.
McCann says the Bible reveals the world will be destroyed "with fire."
"God destroyed the first earth with water, by a flood, in the days of Noah," he said. "And he [God] says he'll not do that again, not by water. But he does say in 2nd Peter 3 that he'll destroy it by fire."
"[God says] in 2nd Peter 3 that he'll destroy it [the world] by fire."McCann's announcement of a new date for the "end of the world" comes after the hysteria generated in September by predictions of an asteroid impact apocalypse linked to blood moon prophecies and predictions of collapse of global financial markets.
However, some blood moon theorists are now saying that they never claimed the world would end in September but that the blood moon phenomenon would herald the beginning of the end of the world.
According to apologists, the blood moon was not meant to be the end of the world but a sign of the beginning of a chain of events that would lead to the end of the world.
But according to McCann, we need not wait an indefinite time period after the blood moon for the end of the world. God's patience has worn thin, and he will execute judgment by fire, sulfur, and brimstone tomorrow, Wednesday, October 7.
However, McCann hedges his bet that the world would end tomorrow by acknowledging that there is a low probability that nothing would happen.
According to McCann, while there is a "strong likelihood" that the world will end tomorrow, October 7, there is also an "unlikely possibility" that the end will not come.
"There's a strong likelihood that this will happen... there's an unlikely possibility that it will not."The "strong likelihood" and the "unlikely possibility" that the end will come tomorrow has been the subject of a debate in a Facebook forum set up by the group.
"If nothing happens tomorrow then it means your Bible and your religion is false."Fortunately, skeptics and believers alike don't have too long to wait to see if McCann's prediction is true. As a member of the forum commented, "Wow... can't wait, remains some hours to go. How many are prepared? Remember 7th october."
"Today, tomorrow, and yesterday, the one thing certain and true is that God is God and His Word of truth is the holy Bible and only the holy Bible."
"If the disciples of Jesus were given the opportunity to come back to life to see the technology of man, they will be disappointed to see a world they thought will end in their generation. The world will never end the day a man die that is the end of that man's world..."
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