Judgment Day billboard in Lake City sparks debate

Judgment Day billboard in Lake City sparks debate

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Family Radio says it's "sounding the alarm" all over the country and other parts of the world. Family Radio says it's "sounding the alarm" all over the country and other parts of the world.

By ERICA ESTEP
6 News Reporter

LAKE CITY (WATE) - There are billboards popping up all over the country predicting Judgement day is less than a month away. One sign is along Interstate 75 near Lake City.

The sign reads, "Judgment Day May 21, the Bible guarantees it." It has people talking in Lake City.

"It was a shock, I thought, huh? I've only got until May 21st? Oh Lord, I've got to get my life in order. How about yours?" Tina Miller said as she laughed.

"I think that that's a personal thing," said Norris resident Dennis Rash. "There's been people trying to predict the end of the earth forever so that's no big deal."

"It doesn't have a year when it's going to happen," pointed out LaFollette resident Marty Dietsch. "And everybody's got to die sooner or later."

If you go to the website on the sign, it does predict Judgment Day is May 21, 2011.

Several Lake City churches have rented space where the new sign is. Many people assumed a local church was behind this sign, but it's a Christian radio station out of California.

Family Radio says it's "sounding the alarm" all over the country and other parts of the world.

Through the billboard advertising agency, 6 News tracked down the Ohio man who paid for the Lake City sign.

Michael Cook lives outside Toledo, Ohio. He says he paid more than $1,300 to rent the billboard space for a month. 

Cook spoke to us by phone Monday. "I first heard about it on Family Radio. Then I started to investigate it myself to see if it was true or not. I started going through the time information in the Bible, and wow it all fits together like years in a clock," he said.

Cook says he quit his job two years ago to spread the word as a volunteer.

He's also says he's not preparing for life after next month. When asked if we could check back with him on May 22, he said, "If I'm here on May 22nd and you are too, it's not a good thing. I think the world's going to be in chaos then. The time is now to plead with God and his mercy because he's coming. He's definitely coming."

The group behind the message is a non-profit Christian radio network. Its founder claims he has uncovered a code in the Bible that predicts the Rapture on May 21, 2011, and the end of Earth, October 2011.

Officials with Family Radio say the movement is not supported by any church or religious group.

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