Most people know about Harold Camping, the man responsible for the May 21st doomsday prediction. Camping has been the leader of Family Talk Radio for years. The radio show is an evangelical Christian organization that broadcasts across the country in a number of different languages. Harold Camping is known for his “end of the world” predictions and has made several already. In 1994, Camping said that the end of the world would happen that particular year. It didn’t fall through and Camping covered himself for making a false prediction.
Instead of learning from his mistakes, Camping came back in 2010 and said that he used mathematical calculations found in the Bible to predict the date and time for the end of the world. He predicted that the day would be May 21st, 2011 and that the time would be 6pm. He stated that he would spend this particular day sitting in his home watching the television to see the events unfold.
The “events”, Harold Camping predicted would be earth shattering. In fact, he said that earthquakes would ravish the earth, waking the dead from their graves. Then, about 3% of the world’s population would be whisked away to the wonderful bliss of Heaven, while the rest of mankind would be tortured on earth for a matter of five months. After those five months passed, the world as we know it would be utterly and completely destroyed.
Millions of people believed Camping, and thousands actually devoted their lives to preaching that specific date as being the end of the world. A retired man in NYC spent his life savings putting billboards up that proclaimed the end times. Another couple quit their jobs, moved to another state, and devoted almost every hour of their lives to reading the Bible. Many people, thinking that the world was going to end, spent their money unwisely on foolish things that they didn’t think they’d ever have to repay.
But May 21st, 2011 passed and nothing happened. Now, people are wondering what Harold Camping is saying.
News reporters have stated that on Saturday, Camping was locked in his home with all of the curtains drawn. He was not answering his door to anyone. On Sunday, he finally emerged from his Californian hideaway and stated that he was absolutely “flabbergasted” that the rapture did not happen. He said that he is “still looking for answers” as to why his calculations were off. He also mentioned that he would be in his office on Monday, the 23rd to give the public a response. He never made it into his office that day.
Tuter, a man who has been working with Camping for almost 25 years, has stated that he didn’t believe the rapture date at all, though he backed Camping up on his prediction. Tuter also went on to say that Camping has made a “mess” of the entire situation, while news reporters are pounding on Camping’s door in order to get him to take responsibility for what he’s done.
Tuter has also said that it is highly unlikely that people will be compensated for the time and money that was put into the end of world prediction. Tuter is not only aggravated at Camping, but also at his Board of Director’s for not putting a stop to the mass hysteria that was caused by Harold Camping’s prophetic calculations.
It seems as though Camping is trying to avoid the situation all together, which is probably something he should have thought about before making such a public prediction.