Harold Camping’s False Prophecies

Harold Camping, the 90 year-old president of Family Radio, a non-commercial, 24-hour, listener supported, Christian broadcasting network predicted the rapture would take place yesterday on May 21, 2011.[1] If you’re reading this, then there are only two possibilities:

  1. You are not part of the approximately 200 million people (3% of the world’s population) who were raptured yesterday according to Mr. Camping’s prediction.[2]
  2. Mr. Camping was wrong.

He also predicted the end of the world will take place five months later on October 21, 2011.[3] He made a similar prediction in 1994.[4]

Now, I’m as excited about going to camp tomorrow as the next person, but if I had the choice between camp or the rapture I would choose the rapture. Those of you not going to camp with us are going to be Left Behind (get it? :)). Hahaha…anyway…even though I’m making light of this situation, for many this is anything but comical. People’s lives are ruined and Christianity is made to look like a joke to the rest of the world when the words of our Savior are neglected: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Mat 24:36). We should all be praying for those affected by this man’s false prophecy.

[1] “May 21, 2011: Judgment Day believers descend on Joburg”. The Daily Maverick. Retrieved 2010-11-29.

[2] “Judgment Day”. Familyradio.com. Retrieved 2010-11-29. Update: 5/27/16 the message has been removed.

[3] “May 21, 2011 – Judgment Day!; October 21, 2011 – The End of the World”. Ebiblefellowship.com. 1988-05-21. Retrieved 2010-11-29.

[4] Nelson, Chris (18 June 2002). “A Brief History of the Apocalypse; 1971 – 1997: Millennial Madness”. Retrieved 23 June 2007.

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