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. Luis

    It is sad that believers AND non-believers alike poke fun out of this guy. As a Christian, I was also laughing at these false prophet. Matthew 24:36 says "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

    The Bible helps us identify them. Deuteronomy 18:22 says "If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him."

    People from his church, as it usually happens, were just misguided by this guy, and I feel and pray for them as well.

    Now. His false prophecy, does not take away the FACT that, in the belief of Christians, Jesus WILL return one day and shall judge the entire human race. That I believe with all my heart. I believe that, one day, every knee shall bow to Him, Creator of Heaven and Earth, and every eye will see His glory.

    That is MY belief. I don't push it on nobody else.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      Luis where were you for so long, I have searched for thee and thy truth...Angels get the mada...

      October 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Luis

      I've been here on earth, sinning my bootie off...But I found this man, a great and perfect man, the greatest story ever told...And I believed it...I bought it...Jesus is the "way, the truth, and the life" and nobody reaches eternity but through Him...That is my faith...He healed me from the heavy load of my sinful nature...He can do the same for you...

      October 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  2. gravitate


    October 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  3. augustghost

    Control by fear.....Hey thats what the republicans do too

    October 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  4. Dale

    You fools go right ahead and serve your lord. I'll go on living my life.

    October 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • cestlavie3

      " The preaching of the cross is to those that perish foolishness" The Apostle Paul. My friend, I fear that applies to you.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  5. ApostasyNow

    Crom LAUGHS at your Carold Camping!!

    October 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  6. Sc

    G – – D – – – it.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      eligible for spelling bee...

      October 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  7. harold camping here

    Folks rise up as I am now descending, we will cross each other, but don't let the fat guy in the chimney distract you.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      watcha talking about willis

      October 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  8. Henry Miller

    It's always fun watching religious nuts trying to rationalise their irrationalities.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  9. GrogInOhio

    What??? I stopped paying bills on October 21!!! Oh no...

    October 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • Bruce

      You get into trouble when you stop paying bills for 7 days?

      October 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      @Bruce that does not apply to GrogInOhio, his favorite teacher is the gal from lebanon

      October 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  10. GRofPA

    Now the world probably WILL end

    October 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  11. monomial


    October 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  12. Oakland Richard

    Your predictions were wrong. Now take one more step to realize your whole religion is wrong, a fairy tale.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Riiight

      They were foolish to say that they knew clearly what God has said no man will ever know until it occurs. But you claim it is a Fairy Tale? How so? How do you arrive to that conclusion? There is mountains of historical and scientific evidence. Why is it cast out and called improbable?

      October 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  13. jsl123

    Sure glad I didn't sell everything...................

    October 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Bruce

      Actually, if you had sold all your stocks in early May and started buying back into the market at the beginning of October, you would have made out pretty well...

      October 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  14. jellylee2020

    Don't give up so easily! We've been having so much fun laughing at these idiots. How will we be able to keep ourselves entertained without them? The end is truly near.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Allen

      We've got an election year to provide us with idiots to laugh at until this guy decides to give it another try...

      October 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  15. Rick

    These folks are correct in one sense. Whenever they predict the end of the world on a particular day, on that day, the world ends for millions of human beings and other creatures, the flora and fauna of this earth. What is amusing about this is that they get so much air time and commentary for something that has been common knowledge probably before we even lived in caves.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  16. fallen angel

    Fools all of them. Ignorant buffoons.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  17. BigBang

    I.m so relieved. Now I can make a swimming pool out of my fallout shelter. Thanks God ~ u r the best.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  18. Floyd from Ilinois

    In a certain sense, the end of the world DID come on May 21 and October 21 – THEIR world ended with the exposure of their leader and their belief system as frauds.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Bruce

      Hey Floyd, you're pretty good at making predictions that don't come true. You should go on radio!

      October 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • gaylord fokker jr.

      hey floyd has gone pink...yohooo

      October 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  19. Daddy2010

    Come now. Everyone knows Judgment Day is "tomorrow". Ask me tomorrow, and I'll give you the same answer.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • Answer

      Always a pleasure reading something hilarious. Thanks.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  20. Charlotte

    LOL! If you believe in a God then you probably need to accept that She/He gave us a brain for a reason and that we should use it once in awhile. Can it be that the Doomsday group is starting to use theirs? How refreshing.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Henry Miller

      If people actually ever used their brains, there would be no religion. (And, actually, no politician would ever be re-elected.)

      October 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
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