Rapture Group’s Web Site Having Problems

The web site of Family Radio, which has predicted that the “Rapture” of Christian believers will take place at 6 p.m. today, is currently unreachable for many Internet users. It’s not immediately clear whether the FamilyRadio.com site is overwhelmed by traffic or experiencing technical difficulties. UPDATE: As of noon Eastern time, the FamilyRadio.com site appears to be responding again, albeit slowly.

The web site’s performance problems came as time zones in New Zealand reached 6 p.m., the hour at which radio evangelist Harold Camping predicted that believers would leave the earth. Interest in Camping’s prediction of a May 21 event has grown throughout the week, spurred by media coverage and widespread discussion on social networks like Facebook, Reddit and Slashdot.

“On May 21, 2011 two events will occur,” the group predicts. “A great earthquake (that) will be so powerful it will throw open all graves. The remains of all the believers who have ever lived will be instantly transformed into glorified spiritual bodies to be forever with God.”

One explanation for the performance problems might be heavy traffic from visitors seeking reaction from Camping and Family Radio as the day progresses with no sign of millions of people being uploaded to the clouds.

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  1. Brock B

    Their site it working as is their stream. Im currently listen to it to see what the hooplah is about and interestingly enough, I've been asked to donate money twice, wished a good weekend once without any mention of the Rapture.

  2. Thanks Brock. FamilyRadio.com seems to be responding intermittently at present, and there are many reports on Twitter of folks being unable to access the site. We've updated the story to note that some users are reaching the site.

  3. em

    the worlds not going to end... shutup

  4. So far I haven't been able to access it at all. 12:36 here on the East coast.

  5. Gregg

    I wonder if he only paid for the domain until today... lol

  6. Joe Boo


  7. Kritaps Skrodelis

    the top Facebook groups about May 21 which had more then 10,000 people have been deleted.

  8. understand that the SON does not know the exact date on which the following prophesy will occur—"only the FATHER". so, anyone who claims to know the exact date has been misled. yes, HE will come to snatch up all who are "in CHRIST", but first all who have passed away. "After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the LORD in the air. And so we will be with the LORD forever."(1Th 4:16-17 NIV) so that you will not be misled today, study the Bible today.(Mat 24:36; Mar 13:32)

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  10. Jim Rousch

    I feel sorry for Christians who would never do this because Jesus plainly said that no one-not even He knew the date or the hour. Those who engage in this crap and those who believe in it make it harder for the true believer to do his work.

  11. MyStrangestDream

    Um...the site is up and running fine if you want to go check it out. But why you'd want to, I don't know.

  12. emad

    waiting all the believers to get deleted from facebook. n uploaded to the sky

  13. joshua

    lol i think that the camping dude was mad he is wrong nd thy canceled the site im still here nd im a beleaver only god the father knws jesus said he nor the angles knw wen

  14. Galaring

    I think this person went over his limit. If he studied the bible for 50 yrs, than why he misled so many people?? Truly sorry for those who had to go through this confusing Topic!! that no angel in heaven or any man on this earth knows the time or the hr but only the Father knows. Talking about the end time, well ofcourse we are living at the end time but the seal that he was talking about was totally not talking about revealing the last day. And the timeline, well he did a good job there but he does not know its meanings. Question. Will God save you at the last day? Will yo be one of those who will meet up in the air at the last day? 50 yrs of studing the bible should be able to give us the exact answer for that, but no, they rather spread out the exact date of the last day. Well, too bad, not to give out the goodnews but the bad news.

  15. Mark Thomasy

    Well, it wasn't in 1988. It wasn't in 1994. And it wasn't even Saturday. But it will be someday. And every day is one day closer. The bottom line question is - WILL YOU BE READY?