Carry on Camping
THE end of the world was originally to be a two-part affair: the “rapture” was scheduled for May 21, 2011, and the total annihilation of the world was slated in God’s busy schedule for October 21, after months of “tribulation”.
profit prophet-of-doom Harold Egbert Camping, who came out of seclusion last night to explain what went wrong with the first phase of the plan, claimed that the Almighty had a last-minute change of mind. God decided that, instead of physically whisking True Believers skywards on Saturday, then polish the planet off later this year, he would deliver a double whammy on October when a earthquake AND the apocalypse will occur simultaneously.
He speculated here that God, in his infinite mercy, had decided to spare humankind “five months of hell on earth”.
The rapture, according to the crazy old quack, did in fact take place on May 21 – but in a spiritual way.
On May 21, this last weekend, this is where the spiritual aspect of it really comes through. God again brought judgment on the world. We didn’t see any difference but God brought Judgment Day to bear upon the whole world.
In this report, Camping asserted:
It won’t be spiritual on October 21st. The world is going to be destroyed all together, but it will be very quick.
If Family Radio listeners were expecting a grovelling apology from the shameless old charlatan, they were doomed to disappointment. He abdicated all responsibility for ruining the lives of many hundreds of his followers who disposed of their properties and their savings, thinking that Judgment Day would happen at the weekend.
There were people who sold properties blew their entire savings in the expectation of being kidnapped by Jesus.
Said International Business Times:
Now, they will have to take care of rather more mundane realities – like finding a house to stay and paying bills.
The paper added:
The much-publicized case of Robert Fitzpatrick best explained the human tragedy of a whimsical prediction. Fitzpatrick, a retired transport worker, had spent as much as $140,000 to advertise the doom. And there are many like him.
Far from apologising, Camping insisted that he was not responsible for the bad judgment his followers made about the Judgment Day.
They should have relied on God and not me … Family Radio is not in the business of financial advice.
But there’s good news for those dreading five more months of talk about Armageddon. Family Radio will be taking down its billboards, ceasing distribution of Bible tracts and literature about Judgment Day and focusing its programming on religious music and God’s word, not on a countdown to the new end.
We don’t need to talk about it anymore. The world has been warned – my it has been warned. We have done our share and the media picked it up. The world has been warned that it is under judgment.
Hat Tip: Dave Gilbert, for suggesting our headline in a comment on the previous post.