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With doomsday deadline looming, Harold Camping’s faithful ponder doubts

With October 21’s end-of-the-world deadline only hours away, the faithful followers of radio preacher Harold Camping are looking for answers.

Camping owns Family Radio, a chain of Christian stations. But this time, the airwaves are filled with Christian music. Nobody’s making statements to the press.

Harold Camping

In a lengthy statement — a Bible lesson offered on the company’s website — longtime spokesman Tom Evans extends comfort to those remaining supporters who may be experiencing doubt.


Through complicated mathematical calculations and his own personal interpretation of the numerical meaning of Bible passages, Camping had predicted that Jesus would return to judge the living and the dead on May 21. When the skies did not part and the Archangel Gabriel’s trumpet remained silent, Camping went into seclusion, then was admitted to a nursing home after reportedly suffering a stroke.

Those around him said he was baffled — but then he issued a statement that Judgment Day actually had happened, but was a purely spiritual event — which is why we didn’t notice it.

That contradicted his tracts handed out by followers nationwide which read:


On Judgment Day, May 21st, 2011, God will raise up all the dead that have ever died from their graves. Earthquakes will ravage the whole world as the earth will no longer conceal its dead (Isaiah 26:21). People who died as saved individuals will experience the resurrection of their bodies and immediately leave this world to forever be with the Lord. Those who died unsaved will be raised up as well, but only to have their lifeless bodies scattered about the face of all the earth. Death will be everywhere.

So, what should we expect tomorrow? The tract goes on to warn:

Five months after May 21st, 2011 will be October 21st, 2011. Along with the entire world and universe, all those who have sinned against God and were left behind will likewise be consumed by this fire and be eternally destroyed.


On October 21st, 2011, God will completely destroy this creation and all of the people who never experienced the salvation of Jesus Christ along with it. The awful payment for their sinful rebellion against God will be completed by the loss of everlasting life. On October 21st, 2011, all of these poor people will cease to exist from that point forward. How sad that noble man, made in God’s image, will die like a beast and perish forever:

However, Evans’ new audio statement would seem to be backing away from that. Here is a transcription from the Christian Post:


We have learned since May 21 that we cannot look at things literally necessarily. May 21 was a very good teacher. And it taught us some very painful, but important lessons. And that is, we can never presume anything. We cannot presume we that understand something simply because we want to believe it.

Here we are, we’re standing here today, we have all the questions and all the problems and all the issues connected with Oct. 21. All of our hopes, those of us who’ve been around Mr. Camping for years, decades. I’ve known Mr. Camping for almost 30 years. And for a long time, I’ve had expectation that Christ would come back in my life time. Now, within the last 6 years, since around 2005, 2011’s become a very real year. Has become a very important year.


So now, here we are. The 10,000-pound elephant sitting right in the room. In less than five days from today, we’ll know whether we were right or wrong. Whether we understood the Scriptures correctly, whether the Spirit of God directed us, or whether we were deceived.

To look at other such predictions over the last 2,000 years, CLICK HERE

  • Acts5v29

    We all know the “day and the hour” scripture, but this does not mean that a clock is ticking toward midnight in the Heavens in anticipation of God bringing “the end of the world”. It simply means that God knows in advance when we will call for His help.

    God is neither scary nor partisan, He’ll help us – when we as a race decide to ask.

  • angela guerra

    no body knows the “day and hour” not even the angels in heaven….which part can’t you understand????

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ruby

    I think Mr. Camping need to stop trying to
    determine when the world is going to end and just try to live the best possible Christian
    life he can to be an example to those around
    him. Getting people saved so that they will be
    ready to meet Jesus when the end comes is far
    more important than guessing the end date. Jesus said no one knows the date or the time
    except the Father.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Fred Sayin

    In the Bible even Jesus made these when he was on earth 2,000 years ago. (Matthew 7:15)
    “Be aware of False Proghets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but underneath are ravenous wolves”. (Matthew 24:26)-
    “But of that hour (the Great Tribulation) no one knows neither the angels nor the Son only the Father alone”. Mr. Camping wants to challenge Jesus’s statements?

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