Ooops: World Doesn’t End On May 21st, So How About October 21st?

Ooops: World Doesn’t End On May 21st, So How About October 21st?

May 24



By Will Kane
San Francisco Chronicle
May 23, 2011

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The man who said the world was going to end appeared at his front door in Alameda a day later, very much alive but not so well.

“It has been a really tough weekend,” said Harold Camping, the 89-year-old fundamentalist radio preacher who convinced hundreds of his followers that the rapture would occur on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Massive earthquakes would strike, he said. Believers would ascend to heaven and the rest would be left to wander a godforsaken planet until Oct. 21, when Camping promised a fiery end to the world.

But on Sunday, almost 18 hours after he thought he’d be in heaven, there was Camping, “flabbergasted” in Alameda, wearing tan slacks, a tucked-in polo shirt and a light jacket.

Birds chirped. A gentle breeze blew. Across the street, neighbors focused on their yard work and the latest neighborhood gossip.

“I’m looking for answers,” Camping said, adding that meant frequent prayer and consultations with friends.

“But now I have nothing else to say,” he said, closing the door to his home. “I’ll be back to work Monday and will say more then.”

Camping’s followers will surely be listening.

“I’m not as disappointed as everyone since I didn’t fully believe him,” said one, who asked to remain anonymous Sunday because he worried he would be shunned for admitting he was “upset” with Camping.

The middle-aged Oakland resident said he’d been listening to Camping since 1993, when he said the world would end in 1994.

That was strike one, the man said. And this is strike two. Even so, he said, that doesn’t mean the message is wrong.

“I just know he’s biblically sound,” the man said. “I’ve never been one of these guys who think everything he says is true.

“I don’t think I am going to stop listening to him,” the man added, heaving a deep sigh before continuing: “I don’t know, I gotta listen to him on Monday, see what he says on the radio.”

Outside Camping’s compound near the Oakland airport, which was locked and dark on Sunday, a different religious group waited for dejected believers.

“I would encourage them not to lose their faith because they listened to a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and Jesus said there would be wolves in sheep’s clothing,” said Jackie Alnor.

Alnor, a resident of Hayward who blogs about the rapture, said Camping had twisted the word of God by trying to predict the end. Only God knows when the world will end, she said.

“He’s in big trouble with God,” she said.

If that isn’t bad enough, she said, Camping’s false prophecy could have bigger impacts on religion.

“It’s given people who hate Christianity an excuse to hate it even more,” she said. “People can just paint with broad brush strokes.”

Across town, a group of atheists gathered in Oakland’s Masonic Center to observe the promised rapture in their own way.

“The issue is the Bible is mythology,” said Larry Hicok, state director of the American Atheists, bluntly laying out his case.

Roughly 200 people attended the hastily scheduled conference to discuss the impact of organized religion on American culture.

“Every ruler needs a religion,” Hicok said. “Everybody knows that’s the way you get power.”

He said too many followers of religion get lost in the details of their particular belief.

“Maybe the constant is love, and the rest of it you can let go of,” he said.


By Guy Adams in Oakland
The Independent
May 22, 2011

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It’s fair to surmise that today did not go entirely according to plan for Mr Harold Camping. For starters, he woke up.

The rolling news channels he’d promised to spend the weekend watching, in between reading the Bible and praying with his wife, Shirley, will have then brought some distressing news: Planet Earth was still spinning stubbornly on its axis.

Camping, who had hoped to be “raptured” to heaven along with a couple of hundred thousand faithful souls, at exactly 6pm on yesterday, is now facing an awkward reality: for the second time in recent years, his attempt to call the apocalypse has ended in failure.

The 89-year-old radio preacher, whose brand of Biblical literalism has built a $120m empire which owns 160 radio stations in 49 countries, staked his credibility, along with tens of millions of dollars of his fortune, on the prediction that the world would end on May 21st.

Quite how he now feels at joining the likes of Nostradamus and Chicken Little among history’s great punchlines is unknown. The question of whether he will be apologising to the followers who quit their jobs and in some cases spent their life savings spreading his doomsday message is for now un-answered.

No-one came to the door of Camping’s family home, on a leafy street in Alameda, California, when The Independent called this morning. The blinds were drawn, and two old cars parked in the driveway. Neighbours said he’d last been seen leaving in a white SUV at 10am on Saturday. Rumour had it that he’d hot-footed it to either Hawaii, or his childhood home of Boulder, Colorado.

A trickle of listeners to stations owned by his broadcasting firm, Family Radio, came by to seek answers, or let off some steam. One of their number, who declined to give his name, threatened to assault this newspaper’s reporter for intruding on Mr Camping’s lawn.

Another listener, Chilin Tom, arrived bearing a gift of green tea from his native China. He has donated thousands of dollars to Mr Camping over the years and despite everything is keeping the faith.

“I’m not disappointed,” he said. “I thought the world would end this weekend. That hasn’t happened. But I still believe it is coming soon. Apart from the May 21st thing, everything else that Mr Camping told us is probably still true. It has to be, because it is taken directly from the Bible of which he’s a great scholar.”

Chris Andrus, a minister from the local Presbyterian Church, arrived bearing a sympathy card. “My heart goes out to him. He’s not doing this for fame, or riches. Look at his house and you can see that. I just think he has lost his way.” Mr Camping had also, wrongly, predicted that the world would end in 1994, he noted.

The sombre atmosphere prevailed after a surreal 24 hours in which both supporters and opponents of Mr Camping gathered in a variety of locations to celebrate the arrival of an apocalypse he claimed to have divined mathematic clues hidden in the Bible.

In New York’s Times Square, Robert Fitzpatrick, a Family Radio Listener who spent his life savings of $140,000 on billboards advertising the May 21st prophesy told the Associated Press that he was “surprised” to still be standing there at 6.01pm. “I can’t tell you how I feel right now,” he said.

Outside the offices of Family Radio, on an Oakland industrial estate, truck driver Keith Bauer, who had driven his family 3,000 miles from Maryland, was more philosophical. “I had some skepticism but I was trying to push the skepticism away because I believe in God,” he said.

In the background a crowd of 100 atheists and gay rights activists greeted the supposed moment of “rapture” by playing disco music and releasing helium-filled sex dolls into the air.

“I’m here to make the point that all religious organisations are mistaken,” said the organiser, Arthur Adams. “I believe in science, and that people should stop worrying about some made-up God and just get on with enjoying life.”

Some of Mr Camping’s congregation will find that easier than others. Several Family Radio listeners have given up their jobs and spent their savings to help spread his false prophesy via thousands of expensive billboards.

Meanwhile in California’s Antelope Valley, a 47-year-old mother of two, Lyn Benedetto was recently arrested for attempted murder-suicide after slitting the throat and wrists of her two daughters, because she was convinced that the world is ending.

They are unlikely to be the last victims of pre-apocalypse hysteria in coming months. A billboard near Oakland airport was today erected touting a Mayan prophesy, which suggests the world will in fact now end some time in 2012.


By Garance Burke
Associated Press
May 24, 2011

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A California preacher who foretold of the world’s end only to see the appointed day pass with no extraordinarily cataclysmic event has revised his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was off by five months and the Earth actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21.

Harold Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven Saturday before catastrophe struck the planet, apologized Monday evening for not having the dates “worked out as accurately as I could have.”

He spoke to the media at the Oakland headquarters of his Family Radio International, which spent millions of dollars — some of it from donations made by followers — on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the Judgment Day message.

It was not the first time Camping was forced to explain when his prediction didn’t come to pass. The 89-year-old retired civil engineer also prophesied the Apocalypse would come in 1994, but said later that didn’t happen then because of a mathematical error.

Through chatting with a friend over what he acknowledged was a very difficult weekend, it dawned on him that instead of the biblical Rapture in which the faithful would be swept up to the heavens, May 21 had instead been a “spiritual” Judgment Day, which places the entire world under Christ’s judgment, he said.

The globe will be completely destroyed in five months, he said, when the apocalypse comes. But because God’s judgment and salvation were completed on Saturday, there’s no point in continuing to warn people about it, so his network will now just play Christian music and programs until the final end on Oct. 21.

“We’ve always said May 21 was the day, but we didn’t understand altogether the spiritual meaning,” he said. “The fact is there is only one kind of people who will ascend into heaven … if God has saved them they’re going to be caught up.”

Josh Ocasion, who works the teleprompter during Camping’s live broadcasts in the group’s threadbare studio sandwiched between an auto shop and a palm reader’s business, said he enjoyed the production work but never fully believed the May 21 prophecy would come true.

“I thought he would show some more human decency in admitting he made a mistake,” he said Monday. “We didn’t really see that.”

Follower Jeff Hopkins said he spent a good deal of his own retirement savings on gas money to power his car so people would see its ominous lighted sign showcasing Camping’s May 21 warning. As the appointed day drew nearer, Hopkins started making the 100-mile round trip from Long Island to New York City twice a day, spending at least $15 on gas each trip.

“I’ve been mocked and scoffed and cursed at and I’ve been through a lot with this lighted sign on top of my car,” said Hopkins, 52, a former television producer who lives in Great River, NY. “I was doing what I’ve been instructed to do through the Bible, but now I’ve been stymied. It’s like getting slapped in the face.”

Camping’s hands shook slightly as he pinned his microphone to his lapel, and as he clutched a worn Bible he spoke in a quivery monotone about some listeners’ earthly concerns after giving away possessions in expectation of the Rapture.

Family Radio would never tell anyone what they should do with their belongings, and those who had fewer would cope, Camping said.

“We’re not in the business of financial advice,” he said. “We’re in the business of telling people there’s someone who you can maybe talk to, maybe pray to, and that’s God.”

But he also said that he wouldn’t give away all his possessions ahead of Oct 21.

“I still have to live in a house, I still have to drive a car,” he said. “What would be the value of that? If it is Judgment Day why would I give it away?”

Apocalyptic thinking has always been part of American religious life and popular culture. Teachings about the end of the world vary dramatically — even within faith traditions — about how they will occur.

Still, the overwhelming majority of Christians reject the idea that the exact date or time of Jesus’ return can be predicted.

Tim LaHaye, co-author of the best-selling “Left Behind” novels about the end times, recently called Camping’s prediction “not only bizarre but 100 percent wrong!” He cited the Bible verse Matthew 24:36, “but about that day or hour no one knows” except God.

Camping offered no clues about Family Radio’s finances Monday, saying he could not estimate how much had been spent advertising his prediction nor how much money the nonprofit had taken in as a result. In 2009, the nonprofit reported in IRS filings that it received $18.3 million in donations, and had assets of more than $104 million, including $34 million in stocks or other publicly traded securities.



By Joe Kovacs
May 23, 2011

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All warnings of the end of the world have apparently been “raptured” off the homepage of a doomsday preacher who wrongly predicted the return of Jesus over the weekend, and made a new prediction tonight that the end would now come on Oct. 21 of this year.

For many months, Oakland, Calif.-based Family Radio and its main voice Harold Camping had been thundering warnings that Judgment Day was to take place May 21, 2011, and that it would be a certainty with “no Plan B.”

The site even had a countdown on the front page of its website, listing the number of days left until the return of the living God:

But now that the end did not arrive on Camping’s schedule, all images and text proclaiming Judgment Day have been scrubbed off the network’s homepage.

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The online welcome now looks like this:

Family Radio’s homepage on May 23, 2011, makes no mention of its failed prediction of the return of Jesus to Earth.

Though the homepage of Family Radio has been revamped, there are still some hidden pages on the interior of the site linking to previous copy with Camping’s prediction of the Judgment Day for May 21. Among the hidden pages is a PDF file of a flyer proclaiming the end with certainty. Another page dedicated to tracts about Judgment Day being May 21 has been completely scoured of related material.

Harold Camping

The 89-year-old gravel-voiced Camping took to the airwaves of Family Radio tonight to discuss the non-event, and said: “On May 21, this last weekend, this is where the spiritual aspect of it really comes through. God again brought judgment on the world. We didn’t see any difference but God brought Judgment Day to bear upon the whole world. The whole world is under Judgment Day and it will continue right up until Oct. 21, 2011 and by that time the whole world will be destroyed.”

“Are you ready to shoot yourself or go on a booze trip or whatever?” Camping said.

“I can tell you very candidly that when May 21 came and went, it was a very difficult time for me, a very difficult time. I was wondering, ‘What is going on?'” he said.

“The Bible is a very spiritual book. There are a lot of things that are very factual, very factual, of course, but there are a lot of things that are very spiritual. How to know whether to look at it with a spiritual understanding or a factual understanding is hard to know,” Camping said. “The fact is when we look at it more spiritually then we find that He did come.”

Camping then predicted the world would be brought to an end on Oct. 21, 2011.

On May 21, “God brought Judgment Day to the whole world. The whole world is on Judgment Day. It will continue to Oct. 21, 2011 and at that time the whole world will be destroyed.”

When pressed for an apology about being wrong on a May 21 Rapture, Camping responded: “If people want me to apologize then I can apologize, yes. I did not have all of that worked out as I wished I had it. But it doesn’t bother me at all because I’m not a genius. When I make an error, I say, ‘Yes, I was wrong.'”

He also said Family Radio has no intention of returning any money donated by people in recent months.

“No, that money is still going out. We’re still in business. We still have another five months,” he said.

“Why would we return it? It’s been given to get the Gospel out. We’re spending it as wisely as possible.”

This is the second time Camping has been wrong about the return of Jesus, as he had previously prognosticated 1994 as the key date.

The Huffington Post is now mocking Camping and his followers, posting a short satire of a news report suggesting Camping was the only one whisked away by God.

“Yeah, I mean I haven’t seen him since Saturday around six, so I’m just assuming he got raptured,” said David Howard, one of Mr. Camping’s most trusted followers, according to the parody. “I think it’s pretty lame I wasn’t raptured, though. I gave Mr. Camping pretty much all the money I had.”

As WND reported last week, there were many Christians who had serious doubts about the May 21 prediction, and some offered to purchase all of Camping’s property.

A letter to Camping from Sol David Cuddeback of Eugene, Ore., offered to take possession of everything Camping owns for a total of $1 on May 22:

“According to your ‘prophecy,’ you and all the other believers will have departed the Earth the day before, so you will have no need for your possessions any longer,” Cuddeback wrote.

“I am dead serious. I want your home(s), car(s), cash, investments, other real estate, contracts, accounts payable, securities, any position of leadership that you occupy, and any interest in any form of business (sole proprietor, non-profit, corporation). If you refuse, then I must take that to mean that you don’t really believe your own words to be true, which would make you a false prophet.”

Cuddeback did not hear any reply back from Camping.

“Mostly, I am intensely angry with him because his stupid, self-serving heresy may cause some who are weak or new in the faith to become disillusioned and fall away, after his ‘prophecy’ fails to come to pass,” he told WND. “It is written that Jesus, when speaking of ‘religious teachers,’ said that it would be better if that teacher had a millstone tied around his neck and tossed into the sea if the teacher caused a ‘little one’ in the faith to stumble because of false teaching. Serious business, taking the position of ‘speaking for God.'”

A more substantive offer of $1 million for Camping’s network of dozens of radio stations was made by Christians who run

“We made the offer in hopes of turning some from mortgaging their houses and quitting their jobs,” spokesman Richard Myers told WND. “Many have supported this man and his false prophecies at great expense. No doubt some will kill themselves when Jesus does not rapture them on May 21.”

Myers’ group pointed out on its website:

“Jesus is coming soon, but He is not coming on May 21. There are prophecies that have not been fulfilled. They are in the process of fulfillment, but will not be done by May 21. And, no man knoweth the day nor the hour when Jesus will return. The Bible is very clear in this matter and Harold Camping is acting contrary to Bible truth. This is not the first time he has made a false prophecy concerning the time of Jesus’ return. In 1994 he did the same and was proved to be a false prophet. … If Harold Camping does not sell Family Radio, why should you sell your home? If Harold Camping wants to retain his possessions, then you ought to do the same.”

Camping has not responded to WND’s requests for comment.

For those curious as to how Camping arrived at May, 21, 2011, as the final day, he summarized it online, alleging the flood of Noah took place in the year 4990 B.C., and 2011 is precisely 7,000 years after that:

In 2 Peter 3:8 … Holy God reminds us that one day is as 1,000 years. Therefore, with the correct understanding that the seven days referred to in Genesis 7:4 can be understood as 7,000 years, we learn that when God told Noah there were seven days to escape worldwide destruction, He was also telling the world there would be exactly 7,000 years (one day is as 1,000 years) to escape the wrath of God that would come when He destroys the world on Judgment Day. Because Holy Infinite God is all-knowing, He knows the end from the beginning. He knew how sinful the world would become. Seven thousand years after 4990 B.C. (the year of the Flood) is the year 2011 A.D. (our calendar).

4990 + 2011 – 1 = 7,000 [One year must be subtracted in going from an Old Testament B.C. calendar date to a New Testament A.D. calendar date because the calendar does not have a year zero.]

Thus Holy God is showing us by the words of 2 Peter 3:8 that He wants us to know that exactly 7,000 years after He destroyed the world with water in Noah’s day, He plans to destroy the entire world forever. Because the year 2011 A.D. is exactly 7,000 years after 4990 B.C. when the flood began, the Bible has given us absolute proof that the year 2011 is the end of the world during the Day of Judgment, which will come on the last day of the Day of Judgment.

Amazingly, May 21, 2011, is the 17th day of the 2nd month of the biblical calendar of our day. Remember, the flood waters also began on the 17th day of the 2nd month, in the year 4990 B.C.

Camping’s date of 4990 B.C. for the flood of Noah is not a time with which others have agreed. In the 17th century, theologian James Ussher who wrote “Annals of the World” placed the flood date at 2349 B.C. — that is, 2,641 years later than Camping. Ussher also believed the flood occurred in the autumn, instead of the spring as Camping has it.

New York Magazine inquired if it could speak with Camping on May 22 just in case Jesus did not return May 21, but Camping said, “I can’t even think about that question because you’re thinking that maybe, maybe Judgment Day will not happen. But it will happen, and I believe the Bible implicitly.”



World To End This Saturday
Harold Camping & His Doomsday Prediction(s)
Doomsday Predictions (Including December 21, 2012 & May 21, 2011)

Wikipedia on Harold Camping
Harold Camping Website
A Brief History of the Apocalypse
Frontline’s “Apocalypse!” (& Related Links)
Earth Changes & Millennium Fever
NHNE’s Earth Changes Composite Map


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