In a few hours May 21, 2011 6 p.m., the appointed time for Doomsday, will have passed, irrespective of whichever time zone we are in, thereby proving that the prediction made by Harold Camping is false. No wonder Camping has gone into hiding and it is improbable that he will be showing himself to the public anytime soon without a good excuse.
Camping, the president of a popular Christian broadcasting company Family Radio, made public announcements that on May 21, 2011, 200 million people will disappear into heaven and series of earthquakes that would make the Japan’s earthquake “look like a Sunday school picnic in comparison” would strike various parts of the world, signaling the beginning of the End. Those left behind are predicted to suffer the disasters until October 21, 2011 when the world would be totally destroyed.
Although Camping has been denounced countless times – both by Christian leaders and atheists – Camping continued his belief that “without any shadow of a doubt it is going to happen.”
Camping claimed to have based his calculations on Bible verses. Combining Genesis 7:4 (Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth) and 2 Peter 3:8 (“With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”), he came to the conclusion that the Doomsday – May 21, 2011 – will take place 7000 years after the Great Flood (4990 B.C.).
4990 + 2011 – 1 = 7000 (the subtraction of “1” from the equation is due to the fact that there is no year 0 between 1 B.C. and 1 A.D.).
However, nothing that signifies Camping’s End Time prediction is taking place.
The world is expecting to hear something soon from Camping or he risks being branded as a false prophet. Especially Camping’s followers will be demanding an explanation as they had put all their faith in Camping’s prediction, quitting jobs, selling their possessions and donating all their money to support the Doomsday campaign. Others are probably going to simply shrug and dismiss him as a mad man, which probably many of them have already started doing.
Is Camping going to turn up and say he made a mathematical error again, just like when his earlier prediction on the End Time failed in 1994? (Camping made a prediction in 1994 that the world will end in September 1994, but he said he made a “mathematical mistake” and delayed the Doomsday to May 21, 2011)
But there is no way around of saying there is a “mathematical” mistake in “4990 + 2011 – 1 = 7000”
The popular broadcaster, who has been widely heard across the world, is now maintaining a stoic silence. Meanwhile, the Family Radio headquarter in Oakland, CA display a cryptic message in large letters: “This Office is Closed. Sorry we missed you!” pasted on its front door.
According to a Reuters report, Camping’s house in Alameda, CA is covered with shades and no one was available. Camping has previously said that he would be watching TV and listening to the radio in his home at the appointed time.
One wonders what he is doing right now?