CLEVELAND -- Followers of a radio preacher who predicts the world will end at 6 p.m. Saturday make a final push in downtown Cleveland on Friday, trying to convince passersby to repent and be ready for the rapture.
"The Bible is a calendar of history," Emmanuel Brown-Sowah said, as he passed out brochures on Public Square. "It gives us a lot of information about Judgment Day and the end of the world. And it all begins tomorrow. It starts tomorrow."
Eighty-nine-year-old religious broadcaster Harold Camping claims to have calculated from the Bible the exact time and date of the beginning of the end.
He predicts a "rolling rapture" across the world, as each time zone hits 6 p.m. on Saturday.
"I fear God," said Clevelander Mike Roberson, as he discussed the basis of the prediction with Brown-Sowah, "but how do you really, really know? I'm better safe than sorry, but it's not concrete enough for me to believe that tomorrow everything is going to change."
Brown-Sowah, who says he has subscribed to the calculations and prediction of Camping for years, as have many follwers around the world, admits that people have not be receptive to his message and that some have taunted and cursed at him.
"But I will be out here, encouraging them to beg for God's mercy," he said, as the time he believed he would be taken into the sky narrowed to less than 24 hours.
Walton Hills resident Ron Olchovy was torn between this prediction and the other highly publicized warning of the end time calculated from the ancient Mayan calendar.
"I was sweating December 21, 2012 and now the world is going to end on Saturday," Olchovy shrugged. "I hope I can get a date for that night, but I've got my fingers crossed it's not going to happen."