published Friday, October 21st, 2011

Harold Camping of Family Radio International now sees end of world Friday

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    In this May 23, 2011 file photo, Harold Camping speaks during a taping of his show Open Forum in Oakland, Calif. Camping, who predicted predicted the rapture would take 200 million Christians to heaven on May 21, now says the cataclysmic event will destroy the globe on Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)

SAN FRANCISCO — A California ministry has again predicted the end of the world is at hand.

The Oakland-based Family Radio International that stirred a global frenzy when it predicted the rapture would take 200 million Christians to heaven on May 21, now says the cataclysmic event will destroy the globe on Friday.

But the world on Friday was undergoing its usual give and take with no signs of such an event.

This time, the ministry and its 90-year-old leader, Harold Camping, have avoided the media and perhaps a repeat of the international mockery that followed when believers awoke on May 22 to find themselves still on Earth.

"I'm sorry to disappoint you, but we at Family Radio have been directed to not talk to the media or the press," Camping's daughter Susan Espinoza wrote in response to an email request about Friday's doomsday scenario.

Calls to the ministry in Oakland Thursday went to voicemail and were unreturned. Several followers who were contacted also declined comment.

Camping, who suffered a mild stroke three weeks after his prediction failed to materialize in May, still spreads the word through his Family Radio International website. God's judgment and salvation were completed on May 21, Camping says in a message explaining the mix-up in his biblical math.

"Thus we can be sure that the whole world, with the exception of those who are presently saved (the elect), are under the judgment of God, and will be annihilated together with the whole physical world on Oct. 21," he says on the website.

Followers were crestfallen in May when the rapture did not occur, particularly those who had quit their jobs or donated some of their retirement savings or college funds for the more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the Judgment Day message.

Camping, a retired civil engineer, also prophesied the Apocalypse would come in 1994, but said later that didn't happen because of a mathematical error.

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wingsgoalie33 said...

It is clear that either Mr. Camping or God is confused. God is not the author of confusion. So, it would appear that God has not been talking to Mr. Camping. So who is Harold Camping listening to?

October 21, 2011 at 8:26 a.m.
GreenKepi said...

Don't worry...tomorrow they will set another date....

October 21, 2011 at 9:06 a.m.
callison said...

"Calls to the ministry in Oakland Thursday went to voicemail and were unreturned. Several followers who were contacted also declined comment."

Why are people calling these idiots? It's one thing to report this, but quite another to validate them by giving them the attention they want. There's real news happening in the world, time to step it up AP.

October 21, 2011 at 9:07 a.m.
Emersization said...

It seems to me that Harold Camping was impacted by the New Age Movement on where God actually is. New Agers believe the God is within us in our own soul. The basis of the faith is clearly the "At-One-ment" instead of the atonement of the true God Jesus Christ that removes the sins of those who believe in His atoning blood on crucifixion day during Passover week 2000+ years ago.

This same Jesus was quoted in the book of Matthew "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." (Matt 24:36)

The man Harold Camping seems to believe that the world will end with him in his death.

October 21, 2011 at 10:06 a.m.
acerigger said...

Thanks for bringing that up Emersization ,,it' sad that people get taken in by these "false prophets".

October 21, 2011 at 12:01 p.m.
jesse said...

the ignorance of the populace knows no bounds!

75% of the humans on the planet are still stuck in the middle ages!

October 21, 2011 at 1:09 p.m.
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