May 18th, 2011
08:13 PM ET

Leader of doomsday movement prepares for rapture

By Jay Kernis, CNN

From CNN's In the Arena blog: Answering today’s OFF-SET questions is Harold Camping, 89, President of Family Stations, Inc.

Camping received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1942. In 1958, after managing a construction business, Camping, along with two others, formed the non-profit ministry of Family Stations, Inc., a Christian educational network. In 1961, Family Radio began the Open Forum program, a live weeknight call-in program hosted by Camping, and broadcast on the more than 140 stations owned by Family Radio in the U.S., and heard worldwide via shortwave and a network of AM/FM stations.

Based on your study of the Bible, you have determined that May 21, 2011 is Judgment Day–that God will completely destroy the Earth. What do you predict will happen as clocks turn to 6 pm?

We cannot say emphatically that it’s 6 pm. There’s a lot of information that looks at the probability of 6 pm in any city in the world–when that great earthquake will occur. It could be that it might be just one great earthquake, but there is enough evidence in the Bible that says it will begin at one point in the world, and it could be at 6 pm—that’s a great possibility. Then as it gets to be May 21 in any other country—there will be a great earthquake there.

Read the full interview with Harold Camping at CNN's In the Arena blog
- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • End times

soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. logbook money

    You actually make it seem so easy along with your presentation however I find this topic to be actually one thing which I think I'd by
    no means understand. It sort of feels too complicated and extremely vast for me.
    I am looking ahead in your subsequent put up, I'll attempt to get the dangle of

    January 8, 2014 at 7:50 pm |
  2. MarkSu

    I would highly recommend Harold Camping to go back and study the word of God in the book of Mark 13

    May 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  3. Levi Justus

    Harold Camping in Bible: It would be better to throw Harold Camping into the sea with a millstone hung around his neck as told in Luke 17:2

    May 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  4. Matthew Simon

    Its May 22nd. Oh my, he seems to have miscalculated.

    May 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  5. Islandboy

    What is rapture? I can not find the word rapture in the Bible and I do not think God teaches the rapture. All I know and all should know that we must be ready when Jesus comes on judgement day.

    May 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Jan Otto

      No it is NOT in the Bible.
      It is a theology all based on one verse in Thessalonians and some others taken out of context.
      This theology appeared in the 1700-1800's and became known as Dispensationalism.
      None of the churches who have a foundation in the Reformation or before, such as Catholics or the Orthodox
      have ANY of these rapture teachings. Instead they hold t what Jesus said, "Of that day, no one knows, not even the Son.....only the Father."

      The LEFT BEHIND books make it seem possible. MILLIONS of DOLLARS have been made on all of this over many years.
      It has been predicted and the Bible has been used as if it is some sort of treasure hunt map.

      All of it is a discredit to Christianity and a misuse of the Bible in my opinion.

      May 22, 2011 at 12:44 am |
  6. Dorothy

    "If the prophet speaks in the Lord's name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the Lord did not give that message. that prophet has spoke without my authority and need not be feared" Deut.18:22. Mr. Camping is a false prophet. True Christians study the Bible for themselves. It's sad that so many people believe this man and follow him. They're going to follow him right on into hell if they don't repent and turn back to God.

    May 21, 2011 at 12:32 am |
  7. mrpops513

    Well on sunday moring as walk out in the woods an in the dang rn with my coffee cup in hand an check on the new ly born fawns an an ducks an seve4ral other animals in the wild ill be thinking about how the world died sat night = then ill just go an feed the live stock an get my chores done before i go back to the house for some thing to eat maybe listen to the weather eports about how much more rain we are going to get an then while sit inside cause of the ran ill smile as i give this preacher an second thought then let it fall into the never never land it belongs in
    sorry folks
    jst have no faith in the man or ""His" bible =always found my ""BIBLE" to be more resuring =pops

    May 20, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  8. omg!!


    May 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • Ogre

      Thanks for the link.

      I am divided between:

      1) Feeling pity for such a sad, delusional creature.
      2) Being furious with him for being so stupid, arrogant and disruptive.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  9. paperjihad

    Sounds like a 'buy now, seats are going fast!' sales gimmick.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  10. Jon

    Sources at the White House have confirmed they are preparing for "Rapture" and a possible zombie attack. All military installations have been put on high alert and as of midnight all bases & posts will be closed and sealed(similar to 9/11 attacks). The president has cancelled all meetings and has relocated to a secure location(possibly Co. Springs). Government officials are being warned to prepare for public mass panic and to notify law enforcement to be vigilant and ready. FBI & ATF have already confirmed record weapon and ammunition sales in the last 24 hours in such states as Texas, Florida and Arizona. As notified by the CDC it is recommended to gather supplies and other provisions immediately(food, water, short wave emergency radio, flashlights and battery's). First signs of approach are thought to be mass evacuations by wildlife followed by an acidic smell in the air. It is still unknown if the President will address the nation or not...

    May 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • swan

      Oh My! I thought it might be April 1st, but turned out there was just a fool...that's some tary stuff.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • mrpops513

      well i guess that the new world order will take control right afterwards
      as far as gun an ammo being sold yupper i believe it but not cause the worlds gonna end but more so for protecting against fema an the nwo (new world order ) lol
      i n oeder to protect the consisituition of the untied states of america not the government nor the president as the oath states when join the service !!=pops

      May 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  11. Jibaro

    What will happen tomorrow? A postponement? A cancelation? Or just another failed profecy? Raptures, miracles, armaggedoms, or religious end of days are pure fantasy. Get a life! Accept reality or die!

    May 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  12. Trex

    No Christian that reads the bible and understands the words written can possibly follow this person. Christians are ether guided by God or guided by men. I choose to allow God to guide my life and I refuse to allow a person to hijack my faith by pretending he or she has some revelation. His prediction will not come to pass – simply read the bible and read Jesus's own words on the subject: Matthew 24:36

    May 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
    • Thinker

      Thank you. Yes there really are rational Christians out there that understand what the Bible says; love and serve others. Big hint, That's what Jesus did!

      May 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
    • omar

      Matthew 24:36
      no one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the son, but only the father.

      May 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
  13. basdx

    Really! This man is a hoax and or actually believes his lies and or has extreme mental health. If you read the bible it states not even the Son of God will know the date until the day. So how does this guy come up with his theory and he knows? LOL, wow and people are falling for it too. Scary to think people are following this guys word. The CDC has a funny piece about Zombie attacks LOL.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
  14. ombowstring

    This guy is a nut. There are many things that must happen before the Rapture takes place and these things have not happened yet. The Bible says no one, not the angels nor Jesus Christ Himself, knows the day or hour, but the Father.


    May 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • basdx

      He is a nut and I feel has some real Mental Health issues going on.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  15. N0FixedAddress

    All the world will judge Harold Camping on May 21st and May 22nd. Why did you lie to all these people?

    May 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
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