After failed ‘Rapture’ prophecy Harold Camping gives new rapture date
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On May 23, 2011, Harold Camping went public after his failed prophecy that Jesus Christ would return to earth on May 21, 2011. The day came and went, but there was no sudden onset of tribulation, no glorious rapture of the faithful who were changed in the “twinkling of an eye” and no judgment to befall those left behind. This wasn’t the first time that Harold Camping went public with a rapture date (the belief that Jesus Christ would return to earth and rescue his saints before the onset of Armageddon which would indicate the beginning of the rule of the anti-Christ); he falsely predicted the rapture in 1994; nor would this be the last time as on May 23, 2011, Harold Camping came forward with a new rapture date: October 21, 2011.
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Harold Camping operates a multimillion dollar radio ministry and airs his program on Christian radio stations nationwide. Harold Camping spoke on his “Open Forum” radio show and gave the new prediction. He remarked that he was shocked that the rapture didn’t occur and had even wondered, “What in the world happened?” Now he justifies the error as a mathematical glitch and states he was five months off in his rapture ready prediction.
Though Harold Camping is predicting doom and gloom and speaks of the rapture occurring, he describes an event that is different than what many Christians believe will happen. In Camping’s rapture scenario the taking away of Christians and destruction of the world happen virtually simultaneously and this isn’t the only stand he’s taken that differs with mainstream theology. He teaches that all churches have been corrupted and advocates his listeners to essentially abandon all teaching except his own.
Following suit with other failed doomsday prophets, such as Charles Taze Russell who founded the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Harold Camping denied that his 1994 prophecy was a failed prophecy, but rather stated that Jesus returned in a spiritual instead of physical manner. The Jehovah’s Witnesses first predicted that Jesus would return and the battle of Armageddon would be finished by 1914. (Ibid, p. 101). Like Camping, they believe that Jesus came back in 1914 in a spiritual manner. The Jehovah’s Witnesses have taught that Armageddon would occur in 1916, 1925 and again in 1975.
The Children of God cult predicted that God’s judgment would fall on America (which would be destroyed by the comet Kohoutek in 1974). Cult members crossed the USA in sackcloth and wearing signs warning the lost that the end was near. Like many before and many false prophets to come, the day came and went.
We expect the same will take place on October 21, 2011.