Harold Camping Reschedules the Rapture

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It's been an embarrassing few days for 89-year-old Harold Camping, who had been so sure that the Rapture would happen on May 21 that when it didn't -- or didn't seem to, to anyone's apparent vision, anyway -- he was utterly "flabbergasted" and felt just terrible. But Camping seems to have bounced back, or at least is putting up a good show (and that's really what we want from him, no?). Now he says that actually he was wrong about May 21. Or, sort of wrong.

The New York Times reports that Camping has decided "May 21 had been 'an invisible judgment day,' of the spiritual variety, rather than his original vision of earthquakes and other disasters leading to five months of hell on earth, culminating in a spectacular doomsday on October 21 -- something he had repeatedly guaranteed." So, there you go. Save the date for the revised Rapture on October 21, keeping in mind, of course, that Camping has now been wrong twice, including when he predicted that the end of the world would take place in 1994.

However, Camping may be as tired of all these predictions as the rest of us. The Times also reports he said this would be his last interview, because "The world has been warned," and "We don't have to talk about this anymore."

Just so you know: His company won't buy billboards to promote October 21 -- nor will they return donations given by his followers prior to the May 21 prediction. You're on your own, kids.

An Autumn Date for the Apocalypse [NYT]

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butterfly
butterfly

we r at the door of the rapture if people would read a bible they would know that all the predictions n the bible r coming true the president is not going to fight for isreal anymore or help them and when he stops the bible says the antichrist will be there n isreal and will make them believe he is jesus come back for them and they will believe it!so those of u how dont read abible or believe in god and those that r not saved better pick up a bible and read it all the storms tonadoes earth quakes sunumis and flooding those r signs u better start beleiving it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KNOWbody
KNOWbody

Camping's prediction is still off by a year and 2 months. The correct date is December 21, 2012! Duh! lol

skatoolaki
skatoolaki

For all his complicated mathematical conjuring, he missed out on the most important piece of evidence for "when" the Rapture is going to happen right there in the Book of Matthew.  In focusing on the numbers, he apparently utterly missed the words:  “But of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only.” – Matthew 24:36

Not that I believe either way (I'm no longer a Christian) but just saying.

Randyg22152
Randyg22152

 Odd how many people have tried to predict the apocalypse over the centuries by examining the Bible for secret codes, only to overlook all of the obvious statements in the book itself that say that only God knows when judgment day will arrive, and the rest of us will be caught by surprise (So as to eliminate the possibility of any convenient last minute conversions by any heinous offenders, I always assumed). Yet every generation or so a group of gullible people will sell everything and go camp out on some hill based on some elaborate chart made by some guy who claims to know something that his own holy book claims that he cannot know (This made more sense back in the day when most people were illiterate, but now?). I feel sorry for the truck driver who maxed out his credit cards taking his family to see the Grand Canyon before the world ended, but I seem to recall reading somewhere that running up large debts that you never ever intended to repay in the first place is considered to be stealing (fraud), anyway.

Movielover
Movielover

Why do people listen to tired, ridiculous old fart?  He's like the loons on the street talking to themselves.  Are people so desperate to find something to ascribe to?  Maybe they could try masturbation.

Epac
Epac

If we're "tired of this", why are you reporting on it??? Stop giving these clowns attention.

Jen Doll
Jen Doll

Being "tired" of things does not preclude writing about them. Alas, it just doesn't work that way. There's plenty of news out there not to like that needs to be discussed anyway, ya know?

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