- If there had been time, Marie Exley would have liked to start a family. Instead, the 32-year-old Army veteran has less than six months left, which she'll spend spreading a stark warning: Judgment Day is almost here.
- Exley is part of a movement of Christians loosely organized by radio broadcasts and websites, independent of churches and convinced by their reading of the Bible that the end of the world will begin May 21, 2011. (source).
Before this, I thought that the End Times were coming at Y2K?
Oh, wait. The End Times were supposed to come even earlier than Y2K: some time between 1500 and 1800, or even earlier.
Silly me. Of course, this time the End Timers are correct.
p.s., let's revisit this on May 22, 2011, and we'll have a good chuckle. If I'm wrong, I'll by you a beer.
 See: Schaefer, Nancy A. "Y2K as an Endtime Sign: Apocalypticism in America at the fin-de-millennium." Journal of Popular Culture 38:1 (Aug. 2004), 82-105. Abstract: Views the recurrence of American millenarianism through the reactions and writings during the 1990's on the expected "Y2K" computer catastrophe. Long expectant of a cataclysmic upheaval, some American evangelicals saw the onset of Y2K as a harbinger of the biblically prophesied end times. Predictions ranged from riots in American cities to worldwide nuclear Armageddon and the installation of the "one world government" or "new world order" that American evangelicals feared. These reactions demonstrated the persistence of anti-intellectualism among American evangelicals and the persistence of their belief in prophecy. Despite the failure of the catastrophe to materialize on 1 January 2000, the beliefs that formed the context for these reactions to Y2K have persisted.
 Williamson, Arthur H. Apocalypse Then: Prophecy and the Making of the Modern World. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger, 2008. Summary: An introduction to the Apocalypse and an explanation as to why many of Europe and America's most creative minds (Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish) believed that they were living in the latter days of the world and the culmination of human history. While few intellectuals today accept the notion that the world is literally about to end through a prophesied supernatural act, between 1500 and 1800 many of Europe's and America's most creative minds did believe it.
 See: Kyle, Richard. The Last Days are Here Again: A History of the End Times. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 1998. Book Review Excerpt: Richard Kyle, who teaches history and religion at Tabor College in Kansas, has written a brief survey of the ways in which Christians have conceptualized end-time events over the course of two thousand years. In his account he accents what he describes as the "major doomsday themes' (10), resulting in a volume that is filled with scores of references to historical examples of apocalyptic warnings and predictions of impending destruction or disaster. The principal theoretical insight he employs is the judgment that stress and social upheaval are leading reasons why apocalyptic ideas flourish and increase in any particular time period. Kyle also emphasizes the persistence and the elasticity of eschatological traditions, two additional accents worth remembering in our own day as we approach the turn of the millennium. At the present, presses--both university and commercial--are groaning under the weight of publications dealing with apocalyptic topics. It has been decades since publishers have had such a convenient conjunction of a hot "religious topic," widespread interest, and abundant entrepreneurial opportunities. Unfortunately, the weight to which I refer is often not the weight of substance, but rather the weight of volume--simply pages upon pages.