The World Has Finally Ended for Soothsayer Harold Camping

For Harold Camping, the world has finally come to an end.  At least, for him.

Harold Camping was the fundamentalist minister and radio broadcaster who first predicted that the world would end in 1994.  Seventeen years later, he took to the airwaves on Camping’s own Family Life Radio to proclaim that the world would end on May 21, 2011.  When that didn’t happen, he revised his math and changed the date to October 21.  And when that date also passed without incident, Camping admitted he’d been wrong, attributed his error to sin, and went into seclusion.

The problem was, many of his devoted followers had prepared for the Apocalypse, selling their homes and possessions and giving all of their belongings to the poor.  When the world didn’t end on Camping’s schedule, there were a lot of people who’d quit their jobs to travel the country, carrying his message of imminent doom.

Anyway, Camping died on Sunday, December 15, at his home surrounded by his loving family.  Apparently, the death was related to a fall from a ladder last month.

I wrote about Harold Camping twice before.

  • In May 2011, I wrote about his prophecy, and explained what the Catholic Church teaches about the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ.
  • And in March 2012, I reported on Camping’s public apology after his final prediction failed to come true.

May God have mercy on his soul, and may He welcome Harold Camping into paradise, where he will enjoy the fellowship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.

–Matthew 24:36


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  • I’m gonna start brandishing my Bible like that in Catechism class. The kids’ll think I have Authority.

  • Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. I happen to be in the car and accidentally came across his radio station and heard him make the May prophecy. It was two years in advance, and so I pulled over and wrote that date down, and kept it in the car. I knew he was going to be wrong but I wanted to make sure I kept the date handy. I think he switched to the March date before the May actually came, so I gave him a break on that. But he was actually wrong on March as well. Well, God bless him. May he be with our Lord now.

  • James1

    If you genuinely believed the End of the World was at hand, why would you also believe someone would need to buy your house? For what would you need the money resulting from the sale of said house? If that money earned, and all of your possessions, were given to the poor, why would you believe they would need the money or the possessions?

    Sorry, just thinking out loud… 😉

  • Angel

    This man took a lot money from people, and I believe one girl committed suicide because of his nonsense predictions. IF he does go to heaven he will need to be in purgatory for a long time. Oh yeah he told people to leave their churches and I wonder how many were Catholics.
    On a second thought, I don’t know if he’ll make it to heaven.
    May God have mercy on soul, indeed!

  • I just read the NY Times Obit and in typical anti religious tone they gave Camping a mean spirited write up. They even have a crazy redneck picture to go along with it. See if you agree:

    • gghd

      You’re right; it’s the tattoo of the American-AR rifle; Nothing to do with Harold Camping. … According to Wikipedia, the Vicar of Jesus Christ, provides his protectors, the Swiss Guard, these weapons, ‘Rifles- Sig SG 550 & 552, Submachine guns – Heckler & Koch MP5 & MP7, Pistols – Sig P220 & Glock 19, + Sword, Command baton, Partisan, Halberd, Flamberge, Cuirass, + the non-lethal pepper spray and tear gas.’ … On television, the Swiss Guard are HUGE men. It looks like they are capable of picking-up the popemobile, with the Holy Father inside, and then >run carrying our Pope to a safe place.

  • gghd

    Good ending to the column. It’s copasetic to ‘May the soul of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace.’ Some of the followers of Harold Camping sold their possessions, and used the money to spread the Good-News about Jesus. … There was a Harold Camping-billboard with the incorrect prediction, near where I attended Church. I didn’t know about it, until the Priest spoke about the billboard and the prediction in the Homily. Our Priests are kindly men; the Priest politely explained Catholic teaching and the billboard.

    • gghd

      Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me; … come home, come home; … O for the wonderful love he has promised, promised for you and for me! though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon, pardon for you and for me.

  • Mike the Archangel

    Did not Jesus tell us to give our worldly goods to the poor, take up our crosses and follow Him?
    While Camping’s predictions were [way] off the mark, his followers did do what Jesus commanded. Only problem was, they followed Camping in spreading error and not the Lord.

  • I want to thank God for Harold Camping and showing man that trough Harold that God is alive and that there is hope. Harold is God prophet of this age ,whith the true prophets
    I know he worships before Jesus at this moment.