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Doomsday? End of the world? Well, that was embarrassing, admits Harold Camping

A Harold Camping billboard in Moscow

Humiliated by his many false forecasts of impending doom, 90-year-old Harold Camping of the Family Radio network says that he’s trying to figure out why May 21st’s Judgment Day was a bust and how the universe failed to collapse on Oct. 21.

“We are living in a day when one problem follows another,” he says in a five-minute audio message on Family Radio’s website, “When it comes to trying to recognize the truth of prophesy, we are finding that it is very, very difficult. Why didn’t Christ return on October 21? It seems embarrassing for Family Radio, but God was in charge of everything — we came to that conclusion after quite careful study of the Bible.”

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Of course, it does not take much study of the Scriptures to conclude that after spending millions of dollars of the faithful’s donations on billboards, placards, bus bench signs, newspaper ads and flyers declaring Jesus would return on May 21, nothing happened.

Camping “guaranteed” that the skies would part, the trumpet would sound, the dead in Christ would rise from their graves — and that the living and the dead would be judged. When it didn’t happen, he then explained that it actually had. We were just unable to realize it with our human senses, he explained.

But, he warned, on Oct. 21 the universe would be destroyed — and Earth with it. On October 22, the universe, Earth and Camping were still here. His explanation?

“I am very encouraged by letters that I have received concerning this matter,” he says, “Amongst other things, I have been checking my own notes more carefully than ever. And I do find that there is other language in the Bible that we still have to look at very carefully.”

Indeed, he advises his followers, “We should be very patient about this matter.”

“He is very fortunate that he is not living in Old Testament times,” notes journalist Jay Tower of Christian Crusade Newspaper. “They were a sterner lot than we are today. They took false prophets out behind the city gates and stoned them.”

“There is one thing that we must remember,” says Camping in a halting, strained voice — as he seems to fumble for words. There have been reports he suffered a stroke after the May 21 predictions failed. ”God is in control of this whole business and we are not. What God wants to tell us is His business. When he wants to tell us is His business.”

In the recording, he apologizes for stating that anyone who did not believe his May 21 prediction is not a Christian. “I should not have said that,” Camping says quietly.

However, he does not apologize for his failed forecasts. According to ABC News, Camping has predicted the end of the world 12 times. His first doomsday prediction dates back to 1978.

His audio message and leaves the door open to the possibility that, as he has done in the past, that through his complex numerology-based mathematical system of evaluating the Bible, he will discover another doomsday date.

“In the meanwhile, God is continuing to allow us to cry to Him for mercy – O my, how we need His mercy — and continue to wait on Him,” says Camping.  “God has not left us. God is still God. We have to be very careful that we do not dictate to God what He should do.”



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Jon

posted October 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm


God hears the prayers of His people. God did not hear Harold Camping’s prayers. God ignored Harold Camping, as should all true children of God.



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Mark

posted October 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm


The man is so close when he says, “”God is in control of this whole business and we are not. What God wants to tell us is His business. When he wants to tell us is His business.” I wish he’d just interpret it to mean that we aren’t supposed to know when things will end.

And Jon, God hears, but does not always answer all prayers.



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frank West

posted October 30, 2011 at 5:40 pm


The world is in such a mess, Man’s government and his sin has failed us all, God is our only hope.



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Thom

posted October 31, 2011 at 5:39 am


Well, this was bound to happen. You believe in things without proof, you end up on the list of looneys.



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JaiGovindaDas

posted October 31, 2011 at 11:05 am


SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE TRIED AND FAILED TO PREDICT THE END OF TIMES, ARMAGEDON ETC. WE LIVE IN A TIME WHEN FAITH IS PLACED IN YOUR IPAD, IPOD, IPHONE, COMPUTER ETC. PEOPLE DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO DISCOURSE FACE TO FACE WITHOUT TYPING A TEXT AT THE SAME TIME MUCH LESS SPEND TIME CONTEMPLATING OR LOVING GOD. WHEN TYHEY DO THEY TURN INTO FANATICS…MY GOD IS TRUE, YOUR GOD SUCKS, KILL FOR GOD, HATE FOR GOD, NO LOVE, NO FORGIVENESS, NO “QUIET” TIME…GOOD LUCK HUMANITY…FOLLOW THE LEADER OFF THE CLIFF…LIKE LEMINGS. OR.. LEARN TO LOVE GOD AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF….PEACE…JGD



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Adam

posted October 31, 2011 at 11:20 am


Most of us have the luxury of being secure in our religious beliefs without them ever being subject to disproof. Harold Camping was doing what he believed was right, just like the rest of us. I do not envy him.



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Shepherd

posted October 31, 2011 at 2:11 pm


Camping missed the mark by a mile. Jesus said in Matt 24:29- “But IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TRIBULATION” that he would return. Camping strained out gnats but swallowed a camel by not even getting that part right. Sadly, the man has been rowing oars on only one side of his boat for many years.



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NicoleD

posted November 5, 2011 at 4:56 am


Doesn’t it say in the bible tha no one will know whe he is coming? Isn’t that the reason
you are suppose to be ready?? Just preach this word and stop predicting. I think that is more important than all of the failed predictions. You could end up losing follwer’s at that pace.



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Dr. Jailal

posted November 27, 2011 at 12:47 am


How can this man continue to promulgate his lies and be believed by thousands is beyond stupidity. What is it about people that they can be so easily duped over and over by the same deluded false prophet? If this man had any integrity he would publicly repent and leave preaching. But then again acccording to real prophecy many would be deceived by the many false prophets. So it is! And so it shall be until our Savior returns!



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Victor

posted August 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm


There have been soothsayers predicting the end of the world since the beginning of recorded history.
I am pretty certain that no none has got it right yet as I am writing this.
We humans are very poor at getting any predictions right.
When are we going to realize that the value of our divination methods, such as Astrology and Numerology is in helping us understand the human experience and giving us tools for working though the things that life throws a us, not trying to predict events that may or may not come.
And any way if the end does come what can we do about it anyway!



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