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. TheBossSaid

    I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks after all.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  2. nina

    I don't see the difference in crazy magnitude of saying the end of days will happen and the end of days will happen on a particular day.


    October 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  3. Sybaris

    What's the take-away?

    It's all bunk. Campings group was just a microcosm of all the rest.

    But isn't it funny to watch all the faithful distance themselves from Campings delusion and embrace their own.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      there is nothing to take away my child, you just have to take it in

      October 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Colin

      It is. The irony is that the only difference between Camping and most Christians is that he set a date. All other supernatural elements of his belief – the actual existence of an immortal, all-powerful god invented in the Iron Age Middle East, the post mortum continued existence of Jesus and his magic powers (or "divine powers" if you see a difference) and the second coming are all straight out of mainstream Christianity.

      Predicting that the World will end, but you don't know when is easy, because you can't possibly be wrong. They despise Camping because he said something that could ultimately be tested,which is something any self-respecting believer knows to avoid at all costs.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  4. Terry

    Face it, your god did not create this globe. Anyone involved in this mess has moved on to better locations. We are stuck with what you see.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  5. MotoJB

    Stupid crackpots...

    October 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  6. Biscotti

    Trsytan – No, I don't read scriptures. I put that book away the day I left home. Do you read comments? I stated "not that I personally believe any of this." And what exactly is my kind? I didn't know you had such a good read on us gay agnostics.

    Mortimer – Congrats on finding a typo on an internet comment forum! Great pastime, sure it keeps you busy.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Mortimer Bartesque

      The difference between "no" and "know" is NOT a typo. It's ignorance.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Biscotti

      It is not ignorance if you know the difference. The words are h0m0phones, and occasionally people type one while meaning the other. Quit being so obtuse. (And yes, those are zeros, this stupid pub won't post this comment otherwise).

      October 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  7. Arick

    The world will come to an end when mighty Cthulhu rises from his sunken tomb city of R'lyeh. He will bless his followers by eating them first, so that they will not suffer the horrors that he will visit upon this world.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Anonymous


      October 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  8. DiscipleofElijah

    From the article; "People were coming together, speaking outside, asking where we went wrong."

    Where you went wrong was listening to Harold Camping rather than reading the Bible. There was not one word of scripture that supported Mr. Camping's "prophecy".

    October 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Tiger

      A book that someone compiled, by committee ... is being thrown around as if that's the work of God. God didn't write the Bible or Koran or Ramayana or Whatever-Else. She is illiterate.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • Ned Nickerson and Nancy play golf with Mortimer

      IT is illiterate. If there were a god, it would have no s_ex. It is SO obviously a projection of humans, who needed to have an explanation of their environment. There are better explanations now. Time to grow beyond the Iron Age.

      October 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  9. O Happy day!


    October 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  10. JOHNNY 5

    Man will end as did 99% of the other species that ever existed. The earth on the other hand will still continue on as it always has. Prophets are just people and nothing more.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • XO

      @JOHNY5 Appears that you're uttering prophetic statements yourself.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Conrad Shull

      Actually, not likely. We are an incredibly hardy and adaptive species. Louis L'amour was probably right when he said the real history of the human race started when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon. The next 3000 years should be quite interesting.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  11. Kristal

    FOOLS get a life u ignorant bunch of thieves.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      Kristal has seen the light in her crystal ball, please follow her, she is the true angel...

      October 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Tiger

      Kristal, I'm, sure Camping only got the dates wrong .. it may be 2012. I'm 100% certain he's right about everything else. We, the true believers will one day ascend to heaven, to be embraced by the gay angels who fly around with wings like Victoria's Secret models, while you and other non-believers will be left behind.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      you go tiger, tell it like it is...you are my hero

      October 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  12. Believer

    The knowledge of the dooms day is with God and God alone, and it cannot come until after Isa's (Jesus) pbuh second coming. Jesus will descend from the skies he will kill the Dajjal (anti-christ) and finish off Yajood, Majood (Gog and Magog) then this world will live in peace for few years, Jesus will marry and rule this world, after Jesus's demise the world will start to go south again, after that wait for the sun to rise from the west then the repentance will not be accepted then the trumpet will be blown, the earth will be split apart, mountains fly like cotton balls every one will die except for the God on that day including the angel who has the duty to blow the trumpet. Then God will resurrect everyone, I mean every single person who had lived on the face of the earth from Adam to the last guy to have lived. This is according the religion of Islam and I am sure most of my Christian brothers agree with most of what I said..

    October 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      god please help believer here, for he knows not what he speaketh. Angels get the mada....

      October 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • AKR

      This is the storyline for a South Park episode!!!

      October 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  13. Bob

    Occupy Earth!!

    October 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • ummmm

      We have and we're destroying it -doesn't speak well for our kind.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  14. AKR

    I'm so sad. I ate a light meal hoping the flight up during rapture would be easier if I didn't weigh so much. I waited and waited and ... nothing. 🙁 I'm sure Camping is 100% correct – there's no way things on the internet can be wrong.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • HellBent

      But look on the bright side – now you can totally pig out!

      October 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Kristal

      u moron lol look in the dictionary 4 the meaning of moron lol theres a picture of YYYYYYYYYYYYYou

      October 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  15. gaylord fokker jr.

    camping is inviting us all to his camping trip to go south, please join and bring your loved ones along with your monies

    October 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  16. gaylord fokker jr.

    welcome home littlehouse2012

    October 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  17. jonasgrumby

    This is a microcosm of the entire religious spectrum...a bunch of people talking confidently, killing and judging, about something they know nothing about from sources they cannot verify.Like Steve Langford always says...."if your mother says she loves your....CHECK YOUR SOURCES"

    October 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  18. Colin

    I think that I have lived through about a dozen "Judgment Days" in my life. Given that I am an outspoken atheist, one would think that all of the various gods I reject, from Allah to Zeus and all those in between (God, Vishnu, Krishna, Jehova etc.) would be eager to get their heavenly hands on me and burn, drown, eviscerate, smite etc. me.

    Alas, it seems the various doomsday proponents keep getting it wrong.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Kristal

      Colin your about the smartest 1 on this site (gods) lol humans r mentally challenged when religion rears its deceitful Head

      October 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Tiger

      And Kristal, you bring up the other end – you're about the dumbest so far. Get a brain and join us true believers in our quest for God and his love. Ascend with us, child, or be tormented for eternity!!!

      October 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Colin

      Tiger brings up one of my favorite Christian superst.itions, that of hell. This whole believe or burn fiction allows believers to smugly tell non-believers they’ll get their “comeuppance”, Like Tier just did.

      Think it through, though. You don’t have to kill, you don’t have to steal, you don’t even have to litter. All you have to do is refuse to believe in the Christian god and he will inflict a punishment on you an infinite times worse than the death penalty….and he loves you.

      Dark Ages nonsense.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Answer


      I really love how infatuated you are with your own salvation. To use 4 exclamation marks also.. what a nut you are!
      Do yourself a favor and go meet your maker tonight. I'm sure that you can die just as easily as the rest of the zealots. Just have faith that you will be saved and do it tonight. Tell us how heaven is when you do come back. I'm fully confident that you won't annoy us with the details.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  19. littlehouse2011

    if these guys really want to follow their Christina beliefs and be ready for the return of Christ, as they believe, they should use the time to volunteer (feeding the homeless, rebuilding a community after a devestating flood, for example)..... not use the time walking around holding up "end of the world" signs!!

    October 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • opinionguru

      NO ...use the time to wait on the LORD. Anything else is folly.

      October 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • t-ho

      @opinionguru – helping the needy and the devastated is folly? So, by this theory, Jesus' entire ministry was folly, because he spent most of his time caring for the less fortunate, healing the sick, and nurturing others.

      "Wait on the Lord and Do Nothing Otherwise" is a prescription for lazy piety. The Lord might very well say that you're so heavenly minded that you're no earthly good...

      October 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  20. O Happy day!

    Quit being a follower of doomsday predictions. No mortal can predict the day or time.
    Until your day of calling live your lives as pleasing unto the Lord.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • newsreel

      They didn't predict it, they sais their god told them so. Thus, it's either their god was wrong too, or they were wrong in interpreting their god's saying. If they are wrong on the interpretation, then their interpretation of the bible must also be wrong. Either way, no easy way to explain away their shaky system....

      October 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
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