An unrepentant Harold Camping took to the airwaves Monday night reasserting his beliefs in the end of the world, saying that judgment did come down on Saturday, and gave yet another prediction for the end of the world.
Speaking on his Open forum radio show from California, Camping, who publically predicted the end of the world was to come this past Saturday, defended his claims despite the events not happening.
The timing, the structures, the proofs, none of that has changed at all, Camping said. Reiterating his numerology he used to determine the date, he says judgment day did come, but it was spiritual.
On May 21 this last weekend...God again brought Judgment on the world...We didn't feel any difference, he says, but we know that God brought Judgment on the world. The whole world is under Judgment.
The spiritual judgment contradicts his widely publicized claims that rolling earthquakes were to hit the world beginning at 6pm on Saturday. When asked about the contradiction, Camping continued to defend himself.
We don't always hit the nail on the head the first time, Camping says. All I am is a humble teacher. I search the Bible. I search the Bible, he says.
The preacher said not only was he correct this time, but correct in the past as well.
Actually there are four days that are very crucial at this point in time. We have talked about all four of these days in the past and we are not making any changes in these four days except for in the emphasis...The first part the end of the world began on May 21, 1988, he asserted.
Camping continues going over dates he deems important in church history. The next year he points out is 1994, which is the year he had previously predicted would bring the world's end.
It is true, there was judgment in a terrible way and there was salvation in a wonderful way. The salvation came because in the previous 2,300 days...virtually no one could be saved in the entire world. We didn't even know how bad it was. Family Radio was broadcasting in those days and we had no idea what was really going, he says.
Camping clarifies that this judgment in 1994 was spiritual, not physical, and says Jesus Christ did not arrive on Earth.
Originally Camping had said that the when May 21 came around, there would be massive earthquakes and believers would be raptured. The ones who were left would suffer great calamities until October 21.
He reasserted that date.
It won't be a five-month terrible difficulty...that we have learned, said Camping. Instead, he says, the world will end quickly on Oct. 21 without any build up.
His radio show was met with a number of call-ins from journalists instead of the usual guests. When pressed on his stance he gave a forced apology.
If people want me to apologize, I will apologize...I did not have all that worked out as accurately as I should have had it. That doesn't bother me at all.
The tone of Camping's response and the answers he gave closely matched readers predictions from a weekend IBTimes poll.
The survey of 20,000 people asking what would be Camping's most likely response now that the earth is still here.
The majority, 54 percent, believe that Camping will unrepentantly claim a calculation error and form a new Doomsday date.
Roughly 19 percent of respondents said that Camping would claim God had mercy on mankind and spared the earth, while almost 16 percent believe he will claim that the rapture did happen, but just in an invisible way.
Just 8 percent predicted camping would say he was flat out wrong and apologize.