Rapture predictor Harold Camping embarrassed end of the world didn’t happen

It was supposed to be the end of the world as we know it, but since that did not happen on Oct. 21, Oakland evangelist Harold Camping says it is embarrassing.

Camping, the founder of the nonprofit Christian radio network Family Radio Worldwide, has several times predicted the Rapture, including the date of May 21. When that did not occur, Camping revised the date to be Oct. 21. The Rapture also did not occur on that date.

Camping posted a 5-minute recorded statement om the Family Radio website, explaining his prediction and commenting on how he feels that it did not happen.

“When it comes to trying to recognize the truth of prophecy we’re finding that it is very, very difficult,” Camping said in a recorded statement posted to the Family Radio website. “Why didn’t Christ return on Oct. 21? It seems embarrassing for Family Radio.”

Camping, who recently suffered a stroke, went on to explain that God was in charge of the events and that it was God who allowed everything to occur as they did.

The evangelist said that he is now going back over his notes and has found that there is other language in the Bible he needs to looked at very carefully about the Rapture. He goes on to tell his followers several times not to feel abandoned by God since the Rapture did not occur.

Camping also apologized to people who may have doubted that May 21 was the Raputre date.

“I have been told that I had said back in May that people who did not believe that May 21 should be the Rapture date probably had not become saved,” he said. “I should not have said that and I apologize for that.”

Camping did not give any new date for the Rapture in the posted recording.

mbillings@sfexaminer.com

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