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#1 Road trip to the end of the world03-06-2011, 05:36 PM
By Jessica Ravitz, CNN
March 6, 2011 10:42 a.m. EST
From Jacksonville to Tampa, Florida (CNN) -- If you thought you had less than three perfectly healthy months to live, what would you do? Would you travel? Spend time with loved ones? Appreciate the joy life has given you?
Or would you ditch your kids and grandkids, join strangers in a caravan of RVs and travel the country warning people about the end of the world?
If you're Sheila Jonas, that's exactly what you'd do.
"This is so serious, I can't believe I'm here," says Jonas, who's been on the road since fall. Like her cohorts, she's "in it 'til the end," which she believes is coming in May.
She won't talk about her past because, "There is no other story. ... We are to warn the people. Nothing else matters."
Such faith and concern drove her and nine others, all loyal listeners of the Christian broadcasting ministry Family Radio, to join the radio station's first "Project Caravan" team.
Learn about other doomsdays that have come and gone
They walked away from work, families and communities in places as far-flung as California, Kansas, Utah and New Jersey. Among them are an electrician, a TV satellite dish installer, a former chef, an international IT consultant and a man who had worked with the developmentally disabled.
Gallery: Doomsdays throughout time
They gave away cars, pets, music collections and more to relatives, friends and neighbors. Some items they kicked to the curb. In homes that weren't emptied, clothes are still hanging in closets, and dishes, books and furniture -- including one man's antique collection -- are gathering dust. Unless, of course, they've been claimed by others. If you believe it's all going to be over soon, why would it matter if you close the front door, much less lock it, when you walk away?
It's a mid-winter morning in Jacksonville, Florida, when CNN joins this faithful caravan. The "ambassadors," as they call themselves, are easy to spot. They are the 10 people milling about in an RV park drawing stares, eye rolls, under-the-breath mutters and, at times, words of support.
They're wearing sweatshirts and other clothing announcing the "Awesome News," that Judgment Day is coming on May 21. On that day, people who will be saved will be raptured up to heaven. The rest will endure exactly 153 days of death and horror before the world ends on October 21. That message is splashed across their five sleek, vinyl-wrapped RVs, bearing this promise: "The Bible guarantees it!"
Maneuvering onto the road with such a serious statement takes time and patience.
CONTINUED WITH VIDEO GOODNESS!Stand up for what is right, even if you have to stand alone.
03-07-2011, 02:25 PM
They really seem like nice people, who really want to reach as many people as they can. I hope they all have somewhere to go if Judgement Day doesn't come in May-hopefully, churches will help them out with the disappointment, not to mention the impending poverty, after giving away all their money and belongings.
I have to wonder who came up with the May date, though. My interpretation of prophetic biblical passages is that there are signs and wonders, but no one can know for sure when the second coming will occur. Every group in history so far that has tried to pin down a date was proven wrong in time.
03-07-2011, 04:56 PM
- Join Date
- Oct 2009
- Southwest Michigan (in Exile)
sooooo.....they think the World is going to end in May....and they gave all their stuff away and joined a cult....um.....
03-07-2011, 07:24 PM
Boy oh boy, those are some people that are going to be really, really surprised on May 21st and filled with deep regret on May 22nd. Do you have any idea how many times in human history this same tragedy has played out? Hint: A lot."The efforts of the government alone will never be enough. In the end the people must choose and the people must help themselves" ~ JFK; from his famous inauguration speech (What Democrats sounded like before today's neo-Liberals hijacked that party)
03-07-2011, 09:10 PM
- Join Date
- Jun 2010
- Virginia, birthplace of Presidents, mostly good ones.
not Jehovah's Witnesses AGAIN!!
oh. no. Not JW's. But he would be considered a cult. I think it's wonderful when Christians get enthusiastic about the Awesome news of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus. But I have my worries when i get such a nice long article with compliments out of CNN. Doesn't that bother YOU just a bit?? does me.
First i looked up FamilyRadio in wiki. Looooks goooood but then i see some little things that dont quite hold to the tenets of Christianity..so now i'm really suspiciouys. Then i went to my own little handy dandy cult finder.
CNN's role. ASsisting satan. They'd have saved more souls and their own by leaving this story alone. By treating it the way they did, they showed exactly where they stand. and it's coming to that.
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