Cancel your weekend plans, earthlings! The rapture is coming. Again. For real this time. No, really. Well, probably.
That’s the warning that Family Radio Network’s Harold Camping is once again issuing to his loyal listeners and any insane, Armageddon-anticipating worrywarts that are willing to take him seriously this time around. It has only been five months since Camping last told the world that it would be ending. Somehow, magically, however, May 21 came and went without any pestilence, plague or the Almighty himself popping up from a cake and damning the nonbelievers to hell.
Will that be the case again? Camping says no. This time we’re all going to die.
In a recent recording issued to Family Radio Network, the ailing 90-year-old Camping acknowledged that his prediction from earlier this year was perhaps made in haste, but warned that the big one is indeed a’coming.
“There’s a lot of things that we didn’t have quite right and that’s God’s good provision,” says Camping. “I really am beginning to think as I restudy these matters that there’s going to be no big display of any kind. The end is going to come very, very quietly, probably within the next month. It will happen that is by October 21.”
“I do believe we’re getting very near the very end,” Camping says in a podcast recorded earlier this month. “Oct. 21, that’s coming very shortly, that looks like it will be, at this point, it will be the final end of everything.”
Don’t expect the hellfire, locust swarms, reanimation of a vengeful Christ or an apocalyptic be-all-to-end-all earthquake/tsunami/volcano eruption to take care of the damned this time. “I really am beginning to think as I’ve restudied these matters that there’s going to be no big display of any kind,” Camping says. “The end is going to come very, very quietly.”
Also eerily quiet is Camping himself, who following a recent health scare has remained mostly quiet in the embarrassing aftermath of his error from earlier this year. The Contra Costa Times reports that his phone has been disconnected, the Family Radio operator says that they will not be offering any statements to the media and Camping himself isn’t answering the door of his Alameda, California home.
Camping has revealed that his flub back in May resulted after misinterpretation an end-of-the-world earthquake for a real earthquake, when in actuality it just meant that people would get all shook up with fear.
I guess that is kind of the thing that will happen when you spend millions on dollars on billboards across the globe advertising the end of mankind.