Harold Camping: Apocalypse Rescheduled For October 21

Harold Camping, the radio host who predicted the world would end on Saturday, made his first post-non-apocalypse public appearance on his radio show Monday night. "The first question," he told listeners, "is 'Camping, what about you? Are you ready to shoot yourself or go on a booze trip or whatever?'"

The answer, it soon became clear, is no. Camping had spent millions promoting May 21 as day of "the rapture" - the day when true Christians would be taken up to Heaven on an angelic shuttle bus to have a free continental breakfast with Jesus - and the start of the end of the world. A huge earthquake was supposed to hit at 6pm, and the Earth would face death, destruction and famine for five months, until the real "end date" of October 21.

Obviously, it didn't happen quite as predicted. Journalists confronted Camping on his doorstep on Sunday, where he told them he was "flabbergasted" by the failure of his predictions and would "say more" on Monday.

And so he did. "I can tell you personally," Camping told his listeners, and a collection of journalists live in the studio, "that when May 21 came and went it was a very difficult time for me." He spent Saturday night in a hotel, avoiding the press and praying. But "the light dawned" when he read a quote from his friend Gabriel Otero, who told "local newsmedia" that, back on September 7, 1994, the last time Camping predicted the end of the world, God had returned "in a mystical way." And, in reading Otero's words, Camping realised that he had been "looking at the Bible too earthly... when the Bible is a very spiritual book." Which led him to conclude:

We were convinced that on May 21, God would return in a very physical way by bringing in an earthquake and ushering the final five months of judgement. When we look at it spiritually, we find that he did come.

See, the rapture did happen, it just didn't happen in a "visible" way. He was totally right the whole time! The world is still in the process of ending. "We have not made a mistake insofar as the timeline," Camping said. It's just that judgement day was "spiritual," not "physical." And, in light of this, the promotional campaign is over:

We're not going to pass out any more tracts. We're not going to put up any more billboards — in fact they're coming down right now... The world has been warned. The world is under judgment... We're just learning we have to look at all of this more spiritual [sic] . But it won't be spiritual on October 21.

So why is God waiting till October to blow us all up? Camping read out a letter from a supporter who believes that, for (incomprehensible) geophysical reasons, the earth would not last for five months following the great predicted earthquake. (This is not an official Family Radio theory, yet, but Camping assured his listeners it would be investigated.) The same supporter, in the same letter, indicated that God, in His infinite mercy, did not want everyone to suffer "Hell on earth" for five months. (This was up Camping's alley — he does not believe in "eternal hell" - and he expounded on it at length.)

Either way, you heard the guy: Mark your calendars for October 21. And be nice for the next five months! Because you're under judgment.

Republished from Defamer

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    Can't believe I gave away all my gadgets on Gumtree on Friday :(
    Sent from my Olivetti typewriter

    just another Christian psycho speaking BS out of his butt hole!

      Sad to say, but this is a real mental health issue for him and his followers.

        Just replace "Rapture" with "winning" and you have a regular Charlie Sheen :)

    Why would you guys still write an article on this guy!! Hes rediculous and should be locked up!!

      He has the right to speak his mind, if you dont agree then move along, no one cares what you think either

      locked up??? maybe in China perhaps.

      since the dawn of man standing on a soapbox there has been people like Harold Camping. The majority of us listen for a couple of seconds and trudge on by, but the easily swayed stay and listen. Just ignore them and they will go away....just not the way Camping is hoping.

    The notion of Rapture was only created and preached about a couple of hundred years ago. Theres pretty much nothing in the bible about it.
    In fact. . . the bible states that no one will know when 'rapture' is. Nobody. Not even the angles of heaven or Jesus Christ himself.
    The only, ONLY being who will know when rapture is is God.

    Jesus said:
    But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Matthew 24:36)

      Awesome. There is a loophole. As long as 1 person predicts the rapture on any given day then the rapture can't happen on that day. Checkmate God.

        There's a difference between 'knowing' and 'guessing'.

        Camping believed that the rapture was going to happen last weekend (or so he'd like us to believe).

        You can't brute force God's plan..

      Man, you're right, heaven has some rad angles :P

      Ok, Jesus said nobody knows the day except God, but two verses before saying that he is recorded as saying, "Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened." (Matthew 24:34)

      and a few chapters earlier he is recorded as saying, "Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom." (Matthew 16:28)

      and a parellel in Mark:

      "Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened." (Mark 13:30)

      so sure, he didn't know the day, but he obviously thought it would be sooner rather than later; guess he was just another false prophet...

        You are very wrong with that verse, boy. It is a sin to retract or with hold information about the Bible. If you read at least from verse 30, it clearly states that Jesus is talking about the generation which will encounter these things, meaning that it will only take one generation for all these things to occur. Plus Jesus also says that there will be many false prophets and people who will claim to be Jesus. And this has been seen many times recently, for an example: A man in Kingaroy, Australia who claims to be Jesus.

          of course! clearly 'this' generation really means 'future' generation. must be my sinful nature showing through.

          and the 'some who are standing here...' line in Matthew 16:28 (and Luke 9:27) must not mean literally standing here, but who will be some time in the future. it's all so clear now!

      Heaven has "angles"? I must request to be buried with my protractor.

    BEST line I've ever read during this LaughFest of a Rapture..."Sent from my Olivetti typewriter." Bwahahahahahaaaa...

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy

    Stellar example of cognitive dissonance theory in action!

    why not, the world is currently in pieces and im walking on invisible lava, lucky for me its all invisible

    Wait what? I'm missing the gadget link here...

    This guy should get a job announcing the next update for wp7.

    Tomorrow. Wait. Um, October? Mango Rapture anyone?

    The world is in rapture, maybe not the crazy devine interfence kind, but certainly climate change and never ending war counts... doesn't it?

    Straws anyone?

    How is this related to Gizmodo in any way?
    I'm sick of the media giving this idiot coverage.

      Harold Camping is in your interwebz! Surrender now or face the rapturing!!!

    Man I had "I believe I can fly" on repeat the whole day on the 21st coz it would've been awesome! But rapture no happen :sadface:

    Seriously though, has anyone asked this guy about the "nobody will know the day or the hour" line that's in the bible that he claims is so infalible? I'd really like to hear his response if they have.

    Just another crazy trying to make us all believe "the end is nigh". I thinks it humourous that anyone would actually believe what he was saying in the first place... then again the good old USA seems to be filled with radical right wing christians all too ready to damn us all to hell.. does that make them much different from any other radical group currently on the planet? one wonders!!!

    I was actually disappointed at the lack of raptors on Saturday

    If this guy lived in Australia he would be sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

    Still waiting for the Rapture huh? Blahh!
    I'm sure this has been overtaken by the waiting for Duke Nuken Forever.

    LOL...the title said: "Rescheduled". Like this is a program or show! Harold, BELIEVE ME, if it is the end of time it will NOT me rescheduled or postponed.

    #biblestudytonight

    I am a bit older so maybe you won't get the sub-ref...Humphrey Bogart in The Cain Mutiny where he delivers "I gotcha" re who cut the cheese. By the time he finished last nights Open Forum(oxymoron) it was obvious....NUTZ. I have no sympathy for Camping. Did U really think he would ADMIT or HUMBLE himself? Now see if any of his associates and/or friends (Gabriel Ortero) do the right thing.
    Harold go away!

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