Doomsday prophet Harold Camping, the center of controversy in the prediction of Judgment Day falling on May 21, seems to be more relaxed than his followers. On this historical day he will be watching the apocalypse unfold on TV.
Camping predicted a massive earthquake all over the world, at 6pm (EST) on May 21, 2011, and then a chain of events will lead up to complete destruction in 5 months. Those left behind will suffer until October 21, 2011, which they believe to be the 7000th year since Noah's flood.
On this historic day, I'll probably try to be very near a TV or a radio or something ... I'll be interested in what's happening on the other side of the world as this begins, he says.
Regarding the source of the prophecy, Camping said with confidence that everything had to come from the Bible. It cannot come from dream or vision or voice.
Camping has been wrong once before when he said a rapture would happen in 1994. He blamed the error on a mathematical miscalculation, and once again arrived at a new date based on complex mathematical calculations comprehensible only to himself. This time he is absolutely 100% sure of the new calculation, saying, It is going to happen. There is no possibility that it will not happen. But just in case, his Family Radio network is raising funds in a campaign for June.
On doomsday and the days following, atheists are planning to have doomsday parties as well as after parties. Ben Connor, one of the creators of Post Rapture Looting, a Facebook event with more than 317,000 participants, calls tomorrow Christmas for Adults. The event invite states, When everyone is gone and god's not looking, we need to pick up some sweet stereo equipment and maybe some new furniture for the mansion we're going to squat in. An Oakland-based atheist's group is ready to party on Sunday, to cheer up the disappointed doomsday believers.
Many of Camping's employees seem to put as little faith in the prediction as the atheists, and many still plan to show up at work on Monday.
I don't believe in any of this stuff that's going on, and I plan on being here next week, a receptionist at their Oakland headquarters said, according to CNNMoney.
The religious group Family Radio has 66 U.S. stations, and is broadcasted in more than 30 languages internationally. Camping's supporters have posted about 2,200 billboards around the U.S., and his followers have diligently driven the caravans across the U.S. to spread the news since last year. By setting an exact time and date for the apocalypse, Camping is placed in a highly controversial position among Christian mainstream.
It's coming tomorrow. What is your plan?