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Harold Camping's failed prediction of the rapture

Part 3: About Matthew 24:36. What if it
doesn't happen? You Tube videos.
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What about Matthew 24:36?

Matthew 24:36 states: "Of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." This has been used by many Christians to conclude that nobody can predict the time of the end. Camping has attempted to get around this verse by implying that Jesus' words were only directed at his  followers in the first century CE, not to today. Camping explains this in the following 6 minute video:

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.... and what if the rapture doesn't happen?

When we originally wrote this essay, we felt that this was the most probable scenario. After all, all of the other predictions of the time of the rapture, the second coming of Jesus, the war of Armageddon, etc. that were to happen in our past have failed miserably. We condcluded that there is every likelihood that this prediction and all future prophecies will also fail. We were right.

The repercussions of Camping's predictions are difficult to quantify. However:

  • Some people who have invested their life savings in publicizing the rapture will be destitute.
  • There will be a lot of dead pets whose owners had euthanized in order to escape the horrors of the tribulation that never happened.
  • Hundreds of millions of people will have suffered needless anxiety.
  • Harold Camping, Family Radio, and by extension all of conservative Protestantism will suffer various degrees of loss of credibility among the general population.
  • The current high rate at which late teens and young adults are leaving evangelical Christianity will probably accelerate noticeably.
  • Many of those who have invested personal effort and money in Camping's predictions will probably remain believers, and assume that a minor tweaking of his calculations will produce the correct date.
  • Many people will switch their attention to the next prediction, the potential disaster on 2012-DEC-21. When that date passes uneventfully, they will start searching for still another date to pin their expectations on.

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Postings on You Tube:

A search of You Tube for may 21 judgment day found about 3,539 videos! One video, apparently posted by Family Radio, received almost 1.8 million views by 2011-MAY-16. Unfortunately, the posting of comments is disabled or we would have added one.

Embedding that video is also disabled, so we will show an excerpt taken from Family Radio's open forum instead. It has only received 283,902 views, but raises an interesting point about financial accountability:


A one-minute commercial titled "Judgment Day - May-21, 2011" was also posted on You Tube:


Next Media Animation has an amusing video on You Tube with English subtitles. It shows what judgment day might have been like:


On the same video theme, Business Insider provided a useful service by linking to 10 live video cameras around the world so that people could watch the Rapture occur as it unfolded. 3 Live feeds from Sydney harbor in Australia; Tokyo, Japan; Jerusalem, Israel; Moscow, Russia, London England, New York City, NY, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Chicago, IL, Seattle WA, and Hollywood, CA were available. I couldn't see much happening at noon on MAY-21. Pity. It would have been fascinating to watch if the rapture had actually happened. 4

Harold Camping's prediction of the second event: the end of the world on 2011-OCT-21:

Harold Camping is reported as also having predicted that the end of the world will follow five months after the Day of Judgment. However, by 2011-OCT-21, he predicted that all of those left behind -- that is, not raptured -- will be dead. 5

He has published a book "Time Has an End: A biblical History of the World 11,013 BC 2011 AD," Vantage Press, (2005). Read reviews or order this book safely from online book store. Alternately, you could wait until after 2011-OCT when the book will probably go on sale a lot cheaper in bookstores worldwide, just like Camping's two books about his 1994 end of the world prediction did.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Jaweed Kaleem, "Harold Camping: The man behind Judgment Day...," Huffington Post, 2011-MAY-19, at:
  2. "Judgment Day - May 21, 2011 - Commercial," You Tube, at:
  3. "May 21, 2011: Judgment Day and Rapture; very important," Next Media Animation, at:
  4. "Watch the end of the world! Live!, Business Insider, 2011-MAY-21, at:
  5. "Harold Camping’s 21st May Doomsday prediction fails; No earthquake in New Zealand ," Demo Fitness, 2011-MAY-21, at:

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