Two days after his failed ‘Doomsday’ prediction, Harold Camping is set to address the world.
He is expected to speak on his weekly radio show “Open Forum” at 5:30 p.m. PT, according to the Associated Press.
“I will have more to say tonight. I will be putting out a message in our broadcast,” he said.
Before that, he briefly spoke to IBTimes and said he has to “live with it,” presumably referring to his failed prediction.
From that comment, it seems that he may have come to terms with his failure.
However, history – of other failed prophets in the past, including Camping himself in 1994 – provides two alternative ways Camping can respond aside from squarely admitting his mistake.
One is to claim an error in prediction and perhaps try for another ‘Doomsday’ date. The Jehovah’s Witnesses did it several times, Camping himself did it 1994, and some of the Millerites (including the sect’s founder) did it in 1844.
Of the Millerites that didn’t quit the faith and didn’t claim a future date, some claimed that the rapture happened invisibly, which is another possible route Camping could take.
Camping’s own words provide him with yet another option.
When asked what people should do in preparation for the ‘Doomsday,’ he said they should repent and cry out to God – like the people of Nineveh after they heard Jonah’s warnings. Camping specifically referenced Jonah in several media ‘Doomsday’ interviews.
The men of Nineveh were eventually spared because of their repentance. It’s conceivable that Camping would claim the same outcome,
Below is IBTimes’ live coverage of the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. PT.