(CNN) - The broadcast preacher who predicted the world would end in 2011 and spread his doomsday message through billboards and RV caravans has died, according to a statement from his Family Radio network.
Harold Camping died Sunday afternoon after suffering a fall in his home on November 30, the statement said. He had suffered a stroke in June 2011, a few weeks after his doomsday date came and went.
He died at age 92, an operator at Family Radio said.
"He passed away peacefully in his home, with his family at his side," the statement said. Camping is survived by his wife of 71 years, Shirley.
For months in early 2011, Camping predicted that Jesus Christ would return to the earth on May 21 that year, and that a select 2% to 3% of the world’s population would be raptured, or taken to heaven.
Those left behind would face months of tribulation before perishing in the Earth's destruction, which Camping said would happen on October 21, 2011.
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When his May 21 prediction failed to pan out, Camping took the radio airwaves to say that he had misinterpreted the nature of the rapture but that the world would still end on October 21.
The following year, Camping admitted he was wrong and said he was getting out of the forecasting business.
"We humbly acknowledge we were wrong," Camping and his staff members wrote in a letter to supporters posted on Family Radio's website in March 2012.
"We must also openly acknowledge that we have no new evidence pointing to another date for the end of the world. Though many dates are circulating, Family Radio has no interest in even considering another date."
Camping founded Family Radio, a nonprofit Christian radio network with about 65 stations across the country, in 1958. It received $80 million in contributions between 2005 and 2009.
He first inaccurately predicted the world would end in 1994. Despite his poor track record, he had gathered many followers. Some gave up their homes, entire life savings and jobs because they believed the world was ending.
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No man know the day or the hour of the coming of our lord Jesus You just have to be ready everyday and wash yourself in the blood of Jesus everyday God awakes you.
"You just have to be ready everyday and wash yourself in the blood of Jesus everyday God awakes you."
Wash myself in blood! Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww
When will this last day come, we are not told about that hour. ALLAH swt says in Holy Quran:
"They ask you (O Muhammad sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) about the Hour, – when will be its appointed time? You have no knowledge to say anything about it, To your Lord belongs (the knowledge of) the term thereof? You (O Muhammad sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) are only a warner for those who fear it, The Day they see it, (it will be) as if they had not tarried (in this world) except an afternoon or a morning."
"They ask you about the Hour (Day of Resurrection): 'When will be its appointed time?' Say: 'The knowledge thereof is with my Lord (Alone). None can reveal its time but He. Heavy is its burden through the heavens and the earth. It shall not come upon you except all of a sudden.' They ask you as if you have a good knowledge of it. Say: 'The knowledge thereof is with Allaah (Alone) but most of mankind know not."
The knowledge of the final moment is known none other than ALLAH swt. But all prophets came and warned their nations about the last day. The last hour will come all of a sudden without any warning and everything will be destroyed. Muhammad s.a.w.w has told us some signs of the qayamah that are divided into two categories, the major signs and the minor signs. Even Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.w did not know the exact time of the Day of Judgment but He knew that that time is near as mentioned in Quran.
Maybe camping was trying to predict the end of "his" world. I noticed he never gave the money back for his "predictions". Sadly more will follow in his foot steps because it's all about the money. Did anyone wonder why people give money to guys like camping? If the world is going to end, where will he spend it?
There will be someone to replace him, there have always been end of the world prophets. The Christians have been waiting 2000 years, that should show you how determined some silly folks are.
Prophets have such a difficult time anyway. The Bible is full of failures. First the Prophet has to understand the vision well enough to know if the prophesy is for themselves or others. Then they have to turn the information into a form that those around them can understand and then they have an immediate credibility problem.
I am quite sure Camping found something, he studied patterns and found math equations hidden in the bible to show him the way. Problem is, he did not understand what he found. And we may never know what it was he discovered.
"... math equations hidden in the bible ..."
Or he was just making it up – it's a good gig if you can get it; easy money, no heavy lifting.
He would not have subjected himself to the ridicule if he wasn't sincere. I long ago got away from my fundamental raising but I understand how those people think. A different form of reality all together.
Harold Camping was a good God and Prophet and now He is in heaven which is good news. Now, Obama is our God and Prophet for the world and He has a new heaven at the Whitehouse for the christians. We need to read the good gospels of Camping and Obama so we will get right. For details, call us at 240–344-1323 or 240–567-1409 to speak to Kimberly Brown.
Now, that is just silly
Anyone who has to do that is not a true prophet. All true prophets get their understanding directly from God. There is nothing to figure out...
Unless you are a prophet yourself, which I doubt, you can't possibly know what a prophet knows or understands.
Right, and you know the true prophets. Prophesy is as reliable as horoscopes or the I-Ching. The three desert cults produce prophets, it seems other religions produce wise men.
At this time of the year, I send out a reminder to all my friends:
Jesus wasn't born, he was written!
no real evidence of Jesus' birth, some that he lived and was executed
That's a positive claim. Prove it.
Look in the Bible. Isn't that how y'all prove your "positive claims"?
There is one thing all of the doomsday predictors (including Jesus) have in common: They were all wrong. The Earth will be happily spinning around long after we are all gone.
Maybe, maybe not:
What we do know: (from the fields of astrophysics, biology, biochemistry, archeology, nuclear physics, geology and the history of religion)
1. The Sun will burn out in 3-5 billion years so we have a time frame.
2. Asteroids continue to circle us in the nearby asteroid belt.
3. One wayward rock and it is all over in a blast of permanent winter.
4. There are enough nuclear weapons to do the same job.
5. Most contemporary NT exegetes do not believe in the Second Coming so apparently there is no concern about JC coming back on an asteroid or cloud of raptors/rapture.
6. All stars will eventually extinguish as there is a limit to the amount of hydrogen in the universe. When this happens (100 trillion years?), the universe will go dark. If it does not collapse and recycle, the universe will end.
7. Super, dormant volcanoes off the coast of Africa and under Yellowstone Park could explode cataclysmically at any time ending life on Earth.
8. Many of us are part Neanderthal and/or Denisovan.
Bottom line: our apocalypse will start between now and 3-5 billion CE. The universe apocalypse, 100 trillion years?
Search for Paul, book by Professor JD Crossan
Rabbi Paul, book by Professor Bruce Chilton
Jesus never predicted the end of the world. He predicted the end of a Jewish era and the rabbinical economy that accompanied it. That came to fulfillment in the destruction of the second temple and the fall of Jerusalem to Rome in 70 AD.
And what about the second coming and what that entails?
you are an idiot ! bet ya the dinosaurs said the same thing? Or all of the other past inhabitants who were once here ! We are just catching up to the level of technology they already had. you must work at walmart ?
YOU are the idiot! If the dinosaurs and past inhabitants DID say that, they were correct. The earth IS still happily spinning around and they are all gone. What was true for them will be true for us sooner or later, and sooner at the rate at which we are rendering the planet uninhabitable for our species
Only the Father knows, the hour and day of the rapture. The Father in the kingdom of heaven but reveals through our Lord Jesus Christ. Just get ready, repent your sins and accept Jesus as your Saviour so that you can inherit eternal life.
The poor grammar of your second sentence obscures your intended meaning. I could ask three or four questions to get there, or you could clarify?
do you seriously desire ETERNAL LIFE?
if so, what is keeping you here now?
We are here to serve a purpose first.
As noted previously about "only the Father knows......":
Mark 13: 32 = Matt 24: 36 has been rigorously analyzed for historic authenticity and found to be inauthentic. For example, see http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb265.html and Professor Gerd Ludemann's analyses in his book Jesus After 2000 Years on pp. 91-93 and pp. 231-232.
Your analysis has undergone intense scholarly review and lol
I will do no such thing.
You know that the Rapture is a relatively new belief in Christianity. It is not going to happen, Jesus already came and went and no one recognized him. If Jesus came back today, unless he was something to eat 85% of the worlds population would not care.
It is sad that this man died. He was however promoting a view of the Bible that both conservatives and liberals disagree with. Anyone who studies history or literature and looks at Camping's view of how to interpret the Christian Scriptures would dismiss it due to its subjectivity. I hope those that follow him will find better guidance now that he is no longer with us.
Why is it sad? He was 92 years old.
Some people live too long. In the last days false prophets will arise.
wow, the last days
luckily, that's never been predicted before
right now its barry aka obama !
Most of the crap that passes for American Christianity is due to ignorant hillbillies interpreting the bible
Why, you are as deluded as he was.
Love the ability for readers to voice their comments- if I like what they say or not -thank you for opening this mans life up for critique- However, the same opportunity NOT allowed on the Gays goes to Olympic story?
Go ahead...I'm listening.
Is there a gay story where it might make more sense to comment?
I can't seem to judge the guy as harshly as seems popular. It would seem all to easy to get wrapped up in some cultish belief set that engenders the ego and provides purpose and focus for a lost soul as we all are. What if he was sincere and believed he was working toward a greater existence for everyone, not just himself? Maybe under very precise conditions, many of us would take on a ego-inflating role like that?
Good article about his followers and the aftermath.
well he wasn't "working toward a greater existence for everyone" only the 2-3%. but I wouldn't condemn him harshly for being delusional, but I can't help but feel a little schadenfreude for those who gave up their worldly goods and promoted his delusions.
I wonder if he compensated any of them with part of the $80. million in contributions?
I just feel sad for them all. Sad, and disturbed that they are so gullible as to fall for any of this stuff. They're just one step away from Jonestown, or those Heaven's Gate nuts. The only thing that keeps these people from killing themselves is the fantasy that God will soon kill everyone. That's deeply disturbed!
He DID believe his own prophecy; of that I am absolutely certain. But I don't think it follows that he was working toward the betterment of everyone.
Well he was right...sort of, but just for himself. Idiot!
It has ended in this life for him.
You have a remarkable grasp of the obvious.
Didn't see that coming, didja?
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