As some of you may have noticed, the world did not end today (more specifically, nobody seems to have been dramatically raised up to Heaven). This came as a surprise to many who expected the Rapture today based on the careful Biblical analysis of radio show host Harold Camping ( http://www.familyradio.com/graphical/literature/proof/proof.html for his proof). In truth, of course, the Rapture will be occurring on July 28th.
In short: When Noah was told it was 7 days until the Flood, that meant there were 7000 years left until the end of the world. 7000 years from Noah’s being so informed in 4990 B.C. would be 2011. Today was 722,500 days from the Crucifixion, which happens to be 5*5 * 10*10 * 17*17 days. As 5 is clearly a number signifying redemption, 10 one signifying completion, and 17 Heaven, this means today was the day of redemption for the deserving at the completion of our worldly struggles as goodly Christians (and even those non-Christians who accept the whole Bible and acknowledge Jesus as the messiah) are called up to Heaven.
However, it was no surprise to the truly enlightened that the Rapture failed to occur today, for his work, while groundbreaking, is flawed. He dismisses the double-repetition of 5*10*17 as simply there to add emphasis, but that is ridiculous – we don’t have Twenty Commandments, with both 1 and 2 being “Don’t worship other gods.”
A more enlightened view would recognize that July 28th is 722,568 days from the Crucifixion. 722,568 is, of course, 3*7*17*8*23*11. 3, as he notes in his own proof, indicates God’s purpose.
7 indicates ending or completion – 7 days of creation (Genesis 2), 7 days until the flood (Genesis 7), 7 years of plenty and 7 years of famine (Genesis 41), the Plague of Blood was 7 days (Exodus 7), marching around Jericho seven times (Joshua 6), and so on.
17, again as Camping proclaims, is representative of Heaven. So the first half of this message is a clear and reassuring one: It is God’s Will to end this cycle and call the deserving up to Heaven.
But now things take a darker turn. 8 refers to the Antichrist – “The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.” (Revelation 17:11). And 23, as Camping observed, is the sign for destruction. The Antichrist shall sow destruction amongst those left behind.
And finally, 11. The significance of this number is known only to the most thorough of scholars, who recognize it as referring to Exodus 26 and 36 – curtains. It’s the final curtain call for the world, coming on July 28th of this year.
I suppose that alternatively, it could be that anyone with a little free time on their hands, a basic knowledge of prime factorization algorithms, and access to a searchable Bible for finding appropriate verses to ascribe mystic significance to numbers could “discover” almost anything they wanted to. If we don’t see the Rapture on July 28th, I’ve got a fallback date too (I think it would be some time in October).