Notorious Doomsday soothsayer Harold Camping, of the Family Radio mission, has returned with the prediction that the world will end on OCtober 21, 2011 -- a day when the Rapture promised to take place earlier his year, in May, will finally seperate the chaff from the grain.
Camping returned from hopsital last month to renew statements regarding his prediction of the end of the world on Oct. 21, after much ignominy was heaped on him and his followers when the supposed May apocalypse and Rapture fizzled out.
Meanwhile, Camping had a close brush with mortality when he suffered a stroke in June and was hospitalized. Nothing much was heard from him for a long time, although he did say, in May, the true Rapture and the end of the world would take place in October this year.
When the May 21 Judgment Day did not take place, Camping said there was an error in calculation and claimed the Spiritual Rapture did take place on that day and that it offered a pre-taste of Judgment Day.
So the lord did return to earth that day. Taking the holy spirit here again to evangelize the world ... The great earthquake and everything, it will all happen on October 21, 2011, said Camping.
In an audio mesage posted on his Web site after he returned form the hospital, Camping repeated the claim.
That looks like it will be at this point it looks like it will be the final end of everything. They’ll quietly die…the true believers will quietly receive the new heaven and the new earth. I really am beginning to think as I restudied these matters that there’s going to be no big display of any kind. The end is going to come very very quietly probably within the next month. It will happen that is by October 21 ..., said the tape.
According to Camping's laughable theory of Rapture, which he now says will take place on Oct. 21, he means that Jesus Christ will arrive in a Second Coming to carry the believers up to to heaven. According to Paul's epistle to Thessalonians, these are people who are dead in Christ.
The verse from the epistle reads like this: ... and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
One dictionary meaning of rapture is the carrying of a person to another place or sphere of existence.
Camping bases his ludicrous theory on the story of the Biblical flood of Noah's times. He made some unexplainable calculations to conclude that the flood took place in 4990 B.C.
It is said in the Bible that Noah had been given 7 days to prepare for the flood. Camping says the '7-day warning notice' has been in place and he has actually decoded it precisely. Camping says though, that instead of a 7-day warning, it's really been a 7,000-year-warning. He says that according to 2 Peter 3:8, With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
Seven thousand years after 4990 B.C. (the year of the Flood) is the year 2011 A.D. (our calendar), says Camping on his website. 4990 + 2011 – 1 = 7,000, he says, and calculates, One year must be subtracted in going from an Old Testament B.C. calendar date to a New Testament A.D. calendar date because the calendar does not have a year zero.
And here's how he arrived exactly at the date: 'Amazingly, May 21, 2011 is the 17th day of the 2nd month of the Biblical calendar of our day. Remember, the flood waters also began on the 17th day of the 2nd month, in the year 4990 B.C.
Notwithstanding the fact that neither the flood nor the earthquakes actually took place on May 21, Camping claims that events took place in a spiritual sense and that the final, physical annihilation will happen on Oct. 21.
He says what would have taken place on May 21, 2011, was the Rapture, or the phenomenon of true believers being elevated to heaven whiile the rest of the humanity go through a five-month-long suffering that will last up to Oct. 21.
According to Camping, the fact that the apocalypse did not happen on May 21 was proof of God's mercy and compassion.
God is a merciful and compassionate God ... He will not let anyone suffer for 5 months ... He won't let anyone suffer eternity in hell. God is a merciful and compassionate God, Camping said.
And he now preaches that the world will end on Oct. 21, quickly and without suffering.
It remains to be seen if Camping will get as many followers this time, to prepare for the Doomsday and spread the message around. In May, many folowers sold their assets and belongings and spent that money on popularisig the Doomsday concept. The Family Radio had run an expensive advertisement campaign as well.
However, when Doomsday failed to materialize, the followers were left in the lurch. They did not Rapture to heaven as promised and had exhausted their life's savings. When questioned about the moral responsibility to the followers, Camping deftly washed his hands off. He said he was not really responsbile for anyone in particular.
I'm just teaching the bible. I don't have spiritual rule over anybody except my wife, he said.