Doomsday ministry scrubs end of world predictions from website
Some of Harold Camping's followers believe that Doomsday did happen on May 21.
October 28th, 2011
10:12 AM ET

Doomsday ministry scrubs end of world predictions from website

By Dan Merica, CNN

(CNN) - The Christian radio broadcasting network that touted Harold Camping's failed doomsday predictions may be getting out of the prophecy business, adopting what appears to be a vaguer vision of the end times.

"We are to live so that we are ready for the return of Christ, and even pray for it," according to a Family Radio statement obtained by The Christian Post. "But we also rejoice in every new day, that we've been given another day to occupy and serve our Lord."

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Family Radio, which Camping founded in 1958, had posted an explainer detailing why Camping's prediction that May 21 would be the beginning of the end didn't come to pass.

That explainer got yanked from the Family Radio website earlier this week.

Camping had originally said that those selected for salvation would be raptured up to heaven on May 21, and those left behind would face months of judgment amid destruction before the world's end on October 21.

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The Family Radio website tweaked the prediction after May 21, saying God had shown mercy by sparing people five months of suffering. But final judgment was still slated to come on October 21, when salvation and the world's destruction would happen at once.

But according to the Christian Post, Family Radio is now painting a more fluid picture of doomsday, a departure from the definite dates that Camping set earlier in the year.

"Thy command is still to occupy until he comes," the statement obtained by Christian Post said. "We are still to go teach and tell. Every day we, who are Christians, live in attention.

CNN's calls to Harold Camping and Family Radio went unanswered.

When the world didn't end last week, Camping followers who gathered for a regular Sunday fellowship meeting questioned if they had been left behind, according to Brandon Tauszik, a documentarian who began attending the meetings this year.

"Numbers were a bit down, for the first time I had ever seen, but people showed up much like they did after May 21," said Tauszik, who attends the Oakland, California fellowship meetings out of interest and who never believed the world would end. "People were coming together, speaking outside, asking where we went wrong."

The faith of Camping's most ardent followers was not swayed by the recent news.

According to Fred Store, a longtime Family Radio listener, the general belief is "Judgment Day did in fact occur on May 21."

CNN's Jessica Ravitz contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • End times

soundoff (1,318 Responses)
  1. Kyle

    So does anyone else just think that the whole religion thing is just complete BS and we should just live life to enjoy it?

    October 28, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • SCAtheist


      October 28, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • RAWoD

      I agree. Too many people have been killed in the name of purely fictional characters. The only thing I need to see about Camping is his obit.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • ckelley116


      October 28, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • William Demuth

      Its more than that.

      The days of just tolerating it have to be put behind us.

      This is a sickness that needs to be eradicated.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • newsreel

      The BS is in the fact that they change their mind, then try to spin it, explain it into something meaningful, to save face and their own belief. It is pretty shaky system, full of holes that are patched up the best they can...

      October 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • Mike

      Yes. Those of us that still have our sanity think exactly that.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • Nikki

      The ironic thing is that no religion has ever come from a divine source, but people who claim what they alone know transcends all things. If there is something to be said about people, it is that we are never alone; not in thought, life, physicality, anything you can do there will always be someone who can match it exactly. Sources of divinity always claim to be alone in the universe. I suppose that demand for singularity is what makes religion as impossible as they act.

      November 2, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  2. Bill

    Maybe God's got a backlog, like the I-Phone. I ordered one nearly three weeks ago and still haven't gotten. Maybe Judgement Day was on May 21st, but so many people are going to hell, God's having a hard time getting all the notifications out. I will stay tuned, un-easily. Until my new I-phone arrives.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • SCAtheist

      The backlog thing makes sense. After all it took hime 7 days to create heaven and earth, and that was before he created the earth and sun, so there wasn't even an earth day when he started. I'm confused..

      October 28, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • newsreel

      Great guess, but if there is back log, then god isn't communicating to the right people, who are trying desperately to explain away their failure at their prediction. god must not be happy with this group, otherwise, why make them look so foolish in public eyes ?

      October 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  3. George

    Camping personally told me that he misled people on the date for the end because he didn't want to frighten them with the "real" date, which he did disclose to me privately.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • SCAtheist

      You're a funny guy.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      you can tell me, i wont tell anyone

      October 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  4. mart

    This is what happens when people follow false prophets and the world is full of them

    October 28, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • MarkinFL

      As opposed to true prophets? The world has had slightly fewer than 1 of those.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • OhReligion

      No need to say 'false prophet'. You show me a prophet that wasn't false, and I'll show you a fool.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  5. Ituri

    Bunch of zealots. Nothing but prey on the week. These are insects of people, no minds and no morals.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  6. Sean Russell

    What does he care- he already got their money. Now, he can "rejoice in every new day" with the millions his silly followers sent him.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  7. Muddy

    The Rapture did occur on May 21th, but because this group was praying for mass suffering and death to happen to 6 billion people they are all forever damned. Sadly, the Rapture may have been cancel due to the utter failure to find 144,000 people who qualify as Christens by the standards in the Bible. The whole love thy neighorhood clause apparently is an issue, and so is the requirement to give up your life and serve others. Research is under way on how to get the number above 12 for the entire world. Maybe we can get to up to 100 with a lot of work when the population hits 12 billion one Angle, who declined to be named, was quoted as saying.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • PCK

      accurate, and on point

      October 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  8. Yakface

    Church is a business...and as such they should pay taxes. If the end is right around the corner, they get the discount.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • ThsIsNotReal22

      Church is not a business...

      October 28, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • d5150r

      Of course church is a business, anyone who doesn't think so should give their head a shake. The Catholic church is one of the largest corporations in the world. Not a business, like water is not wet!!!!!

      October 28, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • TRH

      Be careful what you wish for. If churches pay taxes, they would demand a voice in the government. Remember? Separation of church and state....a secular republic....which is what the founding fathers intended.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Ken

      Church is a business. Always will be.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Primewonk

      TRH wrote, " If churches pay taxes, they would demand a voice in the government. Remember? Separation of church and state....".

      They already do.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Muri

      It's been included in our politics for quite some time now....they are called the "moral conservatives". Which is an odd self-proclamation seeing as they exhibit the least rigidity around upholding said morals.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Answer


      The church has already bought it's sway into the politic system. I guess you're blind not to see it.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • KeithTexas

      You are right. For you "Christians" that think it is not a business, I will go along with you as soon as your get off the radio and television and quit asking total strangers for money. It is as much a business as any other begger on the street.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • Jeff

      I'm going to start a similar business using the Christian model. I am just going to inexplicably pass around a silver bowl in my office and see how many people put money in it for me. Works for them so it's worth a shot!

      October 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • SFTony525

      Church isn't a business? One of my best friends works for the Archdioceses of San Francisco...as a bookkeeper.

      October 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  9. Daniel Myers.

    Ah good I can go back to mowing my lawn in a mini skirt, and once again the only thing I have to worry about is stupid people and all the causes they are for.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • Oliver Q. Whipsnade


      October 28, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  10. Doc Vestibule

    a) End of the World: 4.5 Billion years
    b) End of the Human Race: Unknown
    c) End of Doomsayers asserting "Any Day Now": No later than 'a', but no sooner than 'b'

    October 28, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • George

      Are you positive about (a)? I need to be sure on this, ok? So it's the 28th of October, 4,500,002,011, right?

      October 28, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    • Anon

      I assume that you know that the sun will not last forever. In around 4-5 billion more years, it will go through it's red giant phase and destroy the earth.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Jeff

      Should be one hell of a sunrise though!

      October 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  11. Toby

    Thanks, America for not listening to this dude. Anyone ever notice cool-aid tastes like crap when you get older. I'm sitting here drinking a Mondo with my 3 year old son and it tastes reminiscent of vomit.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  12. William Demuth

    Many think its past time to drop these stories, but I think holding the light on these roaches is a good thing.

    If the ridicule saves one person from falling into this end of the world gibberish it is well worth it.

    We laugh at them, but this old dirt bag has ruined many, and left innocent children with scars that will last a life time.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  13. Luke

    But how much money was reaped from this campaign? I, for one, would like to call for a Congressional investigation.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • Rich

      You want crooks to judge crooks?

      October 28, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • ItsAllAConPeople

      All religion is a con. It's all fake. None of it is based on any verifiable observations. It's an addictive psychological crutch, used by a minority to manipulate the majority of adults who can't handle what they naturally have figured out on their own; that they will not exist when they die. When it's claims are objectively refuted, the believers just change their claims because it would be hugely disruptive to change their premises instead. Read some of Eric Hoffer's little books. Then, live your life as well as you can. We are exactly like all other living things – ephemeral.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  14. Doc Vestibule

    On July 5th, 1998, the Church of The Subgenius prophesied their end of the world, or "X-Day".
    An invading alien army was to decimate the population of "pinks", while those SubGenii who has paid their $30 ordination fee (eternal salvation or triple your money back!) would be whisked away on the Escape Vessel of the S.ex Goddesses.
    When this failed to come to pass, the Church declared that it had got the year upside down and that X-Day will actually take place in 8661. This was to be their offical excuse until they could come up with a good one.
    Most SubGenii now assert that the calendar is wrong and 1998 hasn't happened yet.

    I have been waiting on tenterhooks to hear the rationalizations from Camping's group, but instead it seems like they're just going to try and forget there was ever a specific date mentioned.
    Too bad. Believers' double-think is often quite amusing to watch in action.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • g.c.kells

      Funny how an over the top parody of doomsday cults is actually more believable than the real deal. Reverend Stang and his slacker army seem perfectly reasonable when compared to Camping.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Primewonk

      Praise Dobbs!

      October 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Answer

      The more famous prediction of the 'end' happened in the years 1843, and 1844. The event called the "Great Disappointment". People never learn from the past history – it's so shameful! They'll continue to push these ridiculous 'end times' rants to spread their fears. There's no doubt about it – another moron preacher will be giving another date soon enough.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  15. William Demuth

    These people are CON MEN defrauding little old ladies and idiots.

    Someone should dsipatch this clown to his beloved savior!

    October 28, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • Rick

      It would be better if he put his money where his mouth was and dispatched himself. Preferably a tall building or a double barrel

      October 28, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  16. Pointe

    Although, believers know that no mortal knows the day or time.
    Fret not, Mr Camping, your every move will be followed ardently by none other than CNN.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:33 am |
  17. Abinadi

    Sigh. You don't need to put up with all this craziness. There is one true prophet on the earth and one true religion – President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bring a little sanity into your life. Go to Mormon.org and check it out!

    October 28, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • William Demuth


      Cults are ALL the same

      October 28, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • JA

      Matthew 24:11

      October 28, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Abinadi

      Why don't you just follow the admonition of the Savior – By their fruits ye shall know them? I think this incident shows who the false prophets are. Real prophets are just like the scriptures, if you follow them they bring happiness and steadiness to your life. All you need to do is check it out. That is not hard!

      October 28, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • Luke

      Yeah, that's just your...um...opinion man. [In the voice of the Dude]

      October 28, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Sanity and the LDS are mutually exclusive.
      Maybe if I'd like to bring a little thinly-veiled insti.tutionalized racism into my life, I go join – but certainly not sanity.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • William Demuth


      ALL prophets are liars, and all who follow them are fools.

      Your religion is a joke that has long since lost its humour

      October 28, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • Abinadi

      You can recognize the true church easily by following the scriptures: "19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
      20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;"
      The true church will be built on the foundation of apostles and prophets. Why? Because Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone and the real head of the church and directs his church by revelation through a prophet. I know by personal revelation that President Monson is a true prophet.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • 1nd3p3nd3nt

      i know by personal revelation that my dog is the true prophet : )

      October 28, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • SCAtheist

      Joe Smith was the greatest con man in American history. Somewhere in western NY people are prolly still looking for the gold plates.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • What me worry.

      Don't let Obama catch you believing in another.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Abinadi

      The true church is based on revelation: "17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Jesus said that his church would be built on the rock of revelation, and on apostles and prophets. If you are sincere, the Holy Ghost will testify that my words are true.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Kyle

      I got to thinking... them magic underware might be pretty warm in the winter time? I don't wanna worship a fake dude from the planet Kolob but I would like some of them long johns.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • Gary

      Hmm...I thought this was a joke. Mormans? Really?

      October 28, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • RAWoD

      I tried to go to that website but my computer's B S detector won't let me.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • g.c.kells

      Sure, let's all listen to a guy who claims to have found some golden plates in his back yard with Egyptian writing engraved on them. Smith (who couldn't read Egyptian) was able to translate the text using a magical stone. Of course he had to return the plates to the angel who revealed them to him, so we can't actually see them. The plates obviously had prophetic wisdom though, since they were able to see into the future to plagiarize fictional writings that were created long after their supposed origin.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The only difference between Harold Camping and Tom Monson as prophets is that Camping was foolish enough to make an easily falsifiable prophecy.
      Presidents of the LDS tend not to have any divine revelations until either the government is coming to arrest them (a la polygamy) or when it suits their business interests (like allowing ethnic clergymen coincidentally right when the church decided to expand beyond Utah in the late 70s).

      October 28, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  18. Draz

    It makes me cringe every time I see the word "Christian" in association with this kind of stuff. No wonder the world thinks we're all nuts... cuz THIS is the kind of idiocy that makes the news. This is not representative of what the Bible teaches, and it is not representative of what Christianity is about. Nevertheless, the commentary for this post will very quickly fill up with more Christian-bashing, thanks to foolishness like this.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • JA

      Its ok bud. Matthew 24:9-10. Its been forseen by Him. They must happen.

      October 28, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Pest

      The crazy nonsense they preached isn't any harder to believe than all the nonsense you accept as the infallible word of God. Those who live in glass houses...

      October 28, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • RickeyV

      I agree with JA. If you don't meet the devil on the road you're on, you are both headed the same way.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Primewonk

      "This is not representative of what the Bible teaches, and it is not representative of what Christianity is about. "

      Of course it is. Because there are thousands of different versions of christianity. You have fundamentalists claiming the universe poofed into existence 6000 years ago. You have Baptists claiming the Mormons are a cult – except when they band together to make folks think gays are icky. You have cults claiming women are inferior to men. You have cults who think interracial marriage is a sin.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
    • KeithTexas

      Only because you guys are such easy targets.

      I was raised by crazies just like you, according to your books if there is a heaven we will all be there together any way. So, read your book and quit listening to your preachers, they are liars and provocateurs. A Christian fundamentalist is no better, smarter, or any closer to being saved that a Muslim Fundamentalist.

      There are 8 major religions in the world; it is the height of hypocrisy for you to believe that there is only one way to find salvation. All the holy books say the same thing, Our Way is the True Way.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  19. ThinkForYourself

    "said Tauszik, who attends the Oakland, California fellowship meetings out of interest"

    Someone needs a hobby...

    October 28, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  20. JA


    October 28, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • J.W

      I agree. We have spent enough time on this.

      October 28, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • JA

      You got that right. Every time Cnn posts nonsense like this, Camping smiles. It's rediculous!

      October 28, 2011 at 10:46 am |
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