Judgment Day forecaster points to new doomsday date

May 24, 2011

(Harold Camping during an interview at Family Stations Inc. offices in Oakland, California May 16, 2011/Reuters Television )

The evangelical Christian broadcaster whose much-ballyhooed Judgment Day prophecy went conspicuously unfulfilled on Saturday has a simple explanation for what went wrong — he miscalculated. Instead of the world physically coming to an end on May 21 with a great, cataclysmic earthquake, as he had predicted, Harold Camping, 89, said he now believes his forecast is playing out “spiritually,” with the actual apocalypse set to occur five months later, on October 21.

Camping, who launched a doomsday countdown in which some followers spent their life’s savings in anticipation of being swept into heaven, issued his correction during an appearance on his “Open Forum” radio show from Oakland, California.

The headquarters of Camping’s Family Radio network of 66 U.S. stations had been shuttered over the weekend with a sign on the door that read, “This Office is Closed. Sorry we missed you!”

During a sometimes rambling, 90-minute discourse that included a question-and-answer session with reporters, Camping said he felt bad that Saturday had come and gone without the Rapture he had felt so certain would take place. Reflecting on scripture afterward, Camping said it “dawned” on him that a “merciful and compassionate God” would spare humanity from “hell on Earth for five months” by compressing the physical apocalypse into a shorter time frame.

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It’s not that the Bible was proven wrong- only Harold Camping was! Christ will come back and all will stand before him, small and great. Harold Camping does not know when that will be and has no business giving dates. Nevertheless Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who at some point WILL take his power to himself and reign over the world (Revelation 11:15-18). His rule is characterized by love of righteousness and hatred of iniquity (Hebrews 1:8-9). But many who read this love something he calls evil and/or hate something he calls good. The conscience and the word of God bear witness to that truth. Now there is still a chance to change your mind, turn from your sin to follow Jesus on the narrow way that leads to life, and find mercy. Who will be honest and say that they would not be ready if Jesus did come back? Who will be wise and do something about it and prepare for eternity? There will be no mercy at the judgment- but now you can end your rebellion and call on the Lord Jesus to save you. To hold back and wait for another day is to refuse his salvation. Get ready now while you still can!

“Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.” (Acts 3:26); “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24a); “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7); “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27)

Posted by ajc98 | Report as abusive

An Irishman’s take on the Rapture – http://chriswrites.net/2011/05/20/raptur e-this/

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Why are these nut-case worshipers and their idol taken seriously? Camping should go to jail. There are laws against scams and frauds. But he won’t, because there is Jesus mixed in as his marketing aide. Who in America would prosecute a rich powerful bible swindler?

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Even if it doesn’t happen on October 21… don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world!

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