Harold Camping: World ‘probably’ to end Oct 21, 2011

Marcio Jose Sanchez AP Harold Camping speaks during a taping of his show “Open Forum” in Oakland, Calif., Monday, May … Continued

Marcio Jose Sanchez


Harold Camping speaks during a taping of his show “Open Forum” in Oakland, Calif., Monday, May 23, 2011.

Harold Camping, the end of the world prophet whose initial rapture prediction last May proved false, is back with a message for his remaining followers: The end is “probably” still coming on October 21st, 2011.

Camping’s most recent prediction was that believers would be raptured, or swept into heaven, on May 21, 2011 while the rest of the world would enter a time of judgment before a day of final destruction on October 21. On Faith gave details of his calculations in May. While many Christians have similar beliefs about end times, mainstream Christian teaching says that the actual date cannot be known.

When no one was raptured on the appointed date, the 90-year-old founder of Family Radio said he was “flabbergasted” but maintained that a “spiritual” rapture had occurred. The Family Radio Web site offers an official interpretation:

That interpretation offered little consolation to some who believed Harold Camping and gave money for his cause. There were enough dedicated followers of Camping to help post at least 2,000 billboards around the United States to warn of the coming judgment. A number of them quit their jobs, and spent their savings spreading the word in anticipation of the May rapture.

Camping had a stroke on June 9th, but he has recently returned from the hospital. “I am still a long ways away from being healed but there is progress being made,” Camping said.

Now that the “final” October 21 date is nearing, Camping is sending out audio messages on their radio Web site. The most recent was sent on October 2nd, and is aired throughout the day on the radio, a representative of the station said.

Camping has not returned to full-time broadcasting, and has not announced plans to do so, according to operators at Family Radio. There are still “a lot” of people who listen to the program which reaches about 65 stations in the United States.

“We’ve learned that there’s a lot of things we didn’t have quite right. And that’s Gods good provision,” Camping said in his audio statement.

The tone of his message is more mild than his previous declaration. Shying away from talk of wrath and judgment, he says “the end is going to come very, very quietly probably within the next month . . . by October 21. Probably there will be no pain suffered by anyone because of their rebellion against God . . .” he said. “We can become more and more sure that they’ll quietly die and that will be the end of their story.”

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  • VeniceCalifornia

    he should run for president, as god speaks to mb, rp, mh, gb and this guy

  • tomguy1

    It may well be true that we are headed for destruction. My thought is that it will be at our own hands rather than the good Lord’s. But even if God finally gets sick of us and brings an end to the world, only a fool would try to predict when. As Jesus said, “no one but the Father knows the day and the hour.” (Matthew 24;36).

    Live right, today, with respect for the planet and other people, and maybe we won’t wipe ourselves out. Also, then you wouldn’t have to worry about being on the wrong end of God’s wrath, either. Win-win situation.

  • fmschiav

    I can’t believe that this wack job is still around and that major newspapers are carrying his completely insane views. While riots are happening in Greece we’re worrying about this guy and tigers running around in Ohio.

  • Diploid

    These people are so hopelessly invested in their illogical belief system that they avoid facing the truth at all costs even when it starers right at them. The universe stands on its own as such a wondrous place that I don’t understand their need for making up fairy tales to convince themselves that they won’t die some day.

    If nothing else, at least to thine own self be true.

  • FergusonFoont

    Can I have your car?

  • garyg5

    Why is the Post paying any attention to this nutcase? How about more coverage of how he has ruined the lives of many followers who were gullible enough to give up their jobs and everything they own?

  • KraftPaper

    Does he play the stock market too?

  • Jim___K

    Your Jedi mind tricks won’t work here.

  • jamesjones950

    What a sad combination of ignorance and arrogance this deluded old man is.

  • Carstonio

    Camping would be a sad case if it weren’t for the fact that his worldview promotes hateful tribalism, the idea that the unraptured would get their just desserts.

  • di67mag

    Maybe he thinks the end of his world is happening. He is 90 after all.

  • lightbearer

    Is this guy a Republican? He should be.

  • lightbearer

    Is this guy a Republican? Sounds like he has the kind of intelligence to be in the GOP debate.

  • zhiges

    As my body floats up to the air I am writing my last memoirs. Today the October, 21st 2011 has been as mentioned and predicted the day we are … oh wait, are we playing see saw??!

  • nymane

    Harold Camping’s followers need to realize that he is a sham. Its not even like Nostradamus’ incessant predictions. There was at least variety in his delusions. Camping is like a broken record. The only reason anyone has inferred truth in relation to Nostradamus, is he seemingly wrote down every vague conscious thought. If ANYBODY did that, at least a few gems would seem true. Camping: give up. It is not even entertaining anymore.

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