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.