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End of the world prophecies


Harold Camping predicted the rapture on
2011-MAY-21 & world end on 2011-OCT-21.
Apologizes in 2012-MAR

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About Harold Camping, the rapture, and the end of the world:

Harold Camping is the president of Family Stations Inc -- a.k.a. Family Radio. He specializes in predicting momentous events in the future, including:

  • The rapture, when many fundamentalist and other evangelical Christians believe that:
    • Jesus will come towards Earth.
    • Graves will open, dead bodies of born-again Christians will be reconstituted, will be changed into sprit bodies, and will rise towards Jesus in the sky;
    • Saved individuals living on Earth will then be changed and rise in the air.
    • A few month interval called the tribulation during which a massive slaughter led by Jesus will decimate those left behind. This will be the greatest genocide in the history of the human race -- over two billion exterminated for their religious beliefs -- more than 300 times greater loss of life than the Nazi Holocaust of Jews during the 1930's and 1940's.

This is a relatively new belief in the history of Christianity, but one that is widely accepted by fundamentalist and other evangelical Christians.

  • The end of the world, when:
    • The world and perhaps the universe will be destroyed.

This is a less common belief among conservative Christians.

His web site, Family Radio announced on 2011-MAY-21 that there were zero days left before the Judgment Day:

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Webmaster's comment: The world would be a much happier place if every time the phrase "The Bible..." was used, it was replaced with "My interpretation of the Bible..."

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Harold Camping predicted the rapture for 1994, and lost considerable credibility when it did not happen. However, he rebounded and predicted that it would occur on 2011-MAY-21 at 6 PM local time in each time zone around the world. He also predicted the end of the world for five months later on 2011-OCT-21.

As the vast majority of commentators predicted, the rapture did not happen on that day either. In fact, the Bible did not guarantee it. That failure makes any of his future predictions much less credible.

He leaves behind many disillusioned followers, perhaps thousands who have cashed in all their life savings and assets to promote his ideas, people who anticipated being part of the rapture and who euthanized their pets to prevent them from starving to death, and at least two believers who committed suicide to avoid the tribulation. In addition, a woman tried to kill herself and her children, but was unsuccessful. He appears to have a lot of blood on his hands.

Although his prediction of the rapture and start of the tribulation did not materialize, one disaster did happen. He suffered a mild stroke on 2011-JUN-14.

News update: Harold Camping released an audio message that actually used the word "probably." It said:

"We would have not been able to be used [by God] to bring about the tremendous event that occurred on May 21 of this year, which probably [will] be finished out on Oct. 21 that's coming very shortly. That looks like it will be ... the final end of everything."

The end of the world did not happen on the predicted date -- at least I don't think it did. I think that I would have noticed.

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