Speaking publicly for the first time since his failed prediction of the Rapture this past weekend, Family Radio preacher Harold Camping offered little remorse for his “blown call” and still insists that the world will end on October 21, 2011.
Camping, 89, had previously predicted that all devout Christians would be Raptured on May 21st, and that those left behind would have to face “hell on Earth” until the end of the world on October 21st.
Tonight, on his regular Monday evening call-in show, Camping said the end is still near and that judgment will come.
Harold Camping said he was “truly wondering what was going on” when Saturday came and went without any extraordinary events.
“I went through all the promises God had made…everything was fitting perfectly,” he said, remarking that he thought “what in the world happened?
“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.”
Camping said there would be no more billboards or apocalyptic messages, but world is still going to end on October 21, 2011.
“It won’t be a five-month terrible difficulty…that we have learned,” Camping said. Instead, he believes the world will come to an end quickly and without any build up on October 21st.
“Our task is done,” said Camping. “The whole business of Judgment Day and all the terrible things we have been saying in the past will all be gone.”
What about Marie Exley, who spent her own money erecting billboards around the country proclaiming that the end was near? What about Robert Fitzpatrick, who spent his entire $140,000 life’s savings doing the same? What about others who had quit their jobs in preparation for “the end?”
“It is true that a few people have” quit jobs or drained their bank accounts to donate to Family Radio and spread his Judgment Day message, Camping said, but quickly added that he never told people to do that.
“There are people who for example that have given up their jobs…to work for Family Radio, given their time, and they do because they love the Lord.”
“The timing, the structures, the proofs, none of that has changed at all,” he added.
“All I am is a humble teacher. I search the Bible. I search the Bible,” he said.
“If we found that we make a mistake, immediately we will correct that, of course,” said Camping, but he mentioned that he was not incorrect his in math, just with regard to how May 21st would unfold. He called Saturday “an invisible Judgment.”
So would Camping sell his house and give up all his worldly possessions on October 21, 2011, someone asked?
“I still have to live in my house…I still have to pay my bills…I still have to live until the end. The end is five months away.”
How about on the day before, say, the 20th?
“What would be the value of that?…If it’s Judgment Day, it’s the end of the world.”