More on Harold Camping - End Time Blues!
Recently, Terry Allen (CHRISTIAN FAITH) wrote an excellent article entitled ‘Harold be thy name – Camping’s date left behind’ on Harold Camping and his erroneous views about the Second Coming.
We are pleased to bring you an update from our friends at LOOKOUT.
Adrian van Leen reports on: It’s gone and past (again) … did you even notice it this time?
Harold Camping’s latest End Time/Rapture date has come and gone yet again, and the world continues as per normal. Apparently Oct. 21st was supposed to be the end. This date was actually a modified prediction from Camping’s previous ‘Doomsday’ prediction.
Camping, leader of the US Family Radio International had, some time ago, predicted that the ‘Rapture’ would occur on May 21st this year. Camping’s predictions were based on so-called mathematical formulas he says are contained within the Bible. The frenzy from Camping’s followers grew stronger as the May 21st date neared.
Camping’s ministry had invested millions of dollars on billboards and advertising around the USA and elsewhere. Many followers of his radio programme actually sacrificed careers, houses and all their savings, to help promote the ‘End of the World’. May 21st came and went with no ‘Rapture’ – leaving many followers disillusioned and angry.
The 90 year old suffered a stroke shortly after his failed May 21st prediction. He is, however, back at home recovering.
Camping stayed closed indoors in the initial stages after the event. When he finally had the courage to face the media, he had the opportunity to recant and admit his predictions were false. Instead, Camping revised his position saying the end had actually come; just in a ‘spiritual’ manner. He said the real visible end would come Oct 21st.
The doomsday predictions of Camping have become a case of the ‘boy who cried wolf’ too many times. This time around there was little hype concerning Camping’s Oct 21st prediction.
The media attention was minimal. Not many were interested this time round. People eventually lose trust when someone continues to insist something will certainly happen and then doesn’t. Bear in mind also that Camping made failed doomsday predictions in 1994 and 1988. Yet people were still gullible enough to believe his May 21st 2011 prophecy, despite those earlier failed predictions, and some even believed in the 21st Oct. prophecy. Thankfully, many did not take him seriously this time around.
Even Camping himself appears to have expressed doubt in his own latest prediction, saying just prior to Oct 21st:
‘A lot of things we didn't have quite right will probably be finished out on Oct. 21, …That looks like it will be at this point, looks like it will be the final end of everything…I really am beginning to think as I restudied these matters that there's going to be no big display of any kind, …The end is going to come very, very quietly, probably within the next month. It will happen, that is, by Oct. 21st’.
Since October 21st Harold Camping seems to have gone quiet. He is no longer ‘on the air’ at the ‘Family Radio’ station that he co- founded in 1958 and of which he is still president.
All those who put dates on Jesus’ return would be better to read Matthew 24:42-44 and refrain from date setting, instead seeking to live a life pleasing to the Lord in the here and now.