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Is the end near for eastern Iowa?


Some followers of a Christian broadcaster in California have been trying to spread the message that May 21st is judgment day.

It's said to be exactly 7,000 years from the day of Noah's flood. According to Harold Camping, earthquakes will begin shaking the ground tomorrow night, believers will ascend to heaven in what's called "the rapture," while everyone else will face the world's destruction over the next few months.

"It is going to happen and so, I don't even entertain questions when they say oh, what are you gonna do if it doesn't happen," said Camping.

Camping has predicted it all before back in 1994 and there are plenty of skeptics.

To find out what eastern Iowan's think of this doomsday prophecy we hit the streets.

"Can anyone read God's mind? Nobody can. They can't so what's the point in trying to predict anything like that. Just live everyday that you can for as much as you possibly can," said Kadi Anderson of Waterloo.

"My faith tells me that the world is getting close to the end. We can see that coming surely. However, I don't think Christ is coming back tomorrow to redeem us. I really don't believe that," said Dan Tucker of Waterloo.

To get a religious perspective we sat down with Senior Pastor of Prairie Lakes Church, John Fuller.

"The Bible says when this happens Jesus will come back like a thief in the night, so it will be this sudden kind of thing that will happen. Second thing is we know in the Matthew 24, Jesus himself says I don't even know, only the father in heaven knows when that day will come so anybody that says I know the day is really stepping out there," said Fuller.

Despite the mis-information that is out there Fuller says some good can come from this.

"There's an underlying truth to this which is you do need to be right with God, you do need to know that someday I am going to meet my maker and I need to be right with him," said Fuller.

People have been predicting the end of the world for centuries. Many have been asking about December 21, 2012. That's when the Mayans predict the end of days. So if we survive this one there is another doomsday now about a year and a half away.

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