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Harold Camping: World Ends On May 21, 2011

posted by Chris Valentine

Harold Camping is the leader of “Family Radio Worldwide”, a Christian ministry that operates a broadcasting network of terrestrial stations and internet streaming. Camping has predicted that the world ends on May 21, 2011.

May 21, 2011

To spread the word of the impending apocalpyse, Harold Camping and his followers have displayed ads on billboards and recruited volunteers to pass out pamphlets. One such organizer – 32 year old Marie Exley – leads RVs going from city to city, and then she’s headed overseas to continue spreading the message.

Harold Camping, 89, believes the Bible essentially functions as a cosmic calendar explaining exactly when various prophecies will be fulfilled. “Beyond the shadow of a doubt, May 21 2011 will be the date of the Rapture and the day of judgment,” he said.

And as to the question of what happens if you are still around after May 21 2011, follower Allison Warden responds:

“If May 21 passes and I’m still here, that means I wasn’t saved. Does that mean God’s word is inaccurate or untrue? Not at all.”

Message to Harold Camping devotees: there is still time to get messages out to your family and friends if they are left behind. To help with that, please go to Josh’s Post Rapture Post.

Source for this story: Yahoo/AP

Remember: the world ends on May 21, 2011. Get your affairs in order!

Update: May 24, 2011

The world didn’t end. We are all still here.

So how does Harold Camping explain this second error (the first error was in 1994, which was his first prediction of the end of the world).

Easy – it was an error of “interpretation.” From CNN:

Camping told listeners on his Family Radio broadcast Monday that God is “loving and merciful,” and had decided not to punish the humanity with five months of destruction. But he maintains that the end of the world is still coming. “We’ve always said October 21 was the day. The only thing we didn’t understand was the spirituality of May 21. We’re seeing this as a spiritual thing happening rather than a physical thing happening. The timing, the structure, the proofs, none of that has changed at all. We’re not going to be passing out tracts. We’re not going to put up any more billboards. We’re not going to be advertising in any way. The world has been warned. We did our little share and the media picked it up. But now the world has been told, it’s under judgment.”

We wonder what Camping will have to say when October 21 rolls around and we’re all still here. Our guess is nothing, since he’ll skip town and move to Uruguay or something.

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