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. John


    October 29, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  2. kimsland

    This is seriously pathetic.
    And the christians went outside and asked how they got it wrong?

    I'd like the church to do more of these dates, but forget making months or years away (as the norm) make it like next week or tomorrow.
    It won't take too long for everyone to say, I'm giving church a miss for the rest of my (now) happy life.
    Kids don't be religious, ie don't let your kids go through this one day as well, its cruel, and not human like.

    October 29, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  3. Ibry

    Why do the nations rage and the people's plot in vain?

    October 29, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  4. Reality

    Harold Camping is insane as was JC. JC's family and friends had it right 2000 years ago ( Mark 3: 21 "And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.")

    Said passage is one of the few judged to be authentic by most contemporary NT scholars. e.g. See Professor Ludemann's conclusion in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 24 and p. 694

    Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

    Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospel being mostly fiction.

    Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European, white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

    So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher man would do or say?

    October 29, 2011 at 7:53 am |
    • Alfred E Neuman

      It is best to avoid any written material by this pos author.Don't waste your precious time on this senseless drivel, that should never be posted by anyone, anywhere.

      October 29, 2011 at 9:30 am |
    • BoldGeorge

      Jesus was declared legally and criminally insane more than 2000 yrs ago. You missed the point.

      October 29, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  5. Reality

    What we do know: (from the fields of astrophysics, 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 catalytically at any time ending life on Earth.

    Bottom line: our apocalypse will start between now and 3-5 billion CE. The universe apocalypse, 100 trillion years?

    October 29, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  6. AvdBerg

    For a better understanding when the world will end, we invite you to read the article ‘When Will the World End? listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    You will be surprised to learn that it will not as confirmed by the Bible.

    Also, to give people a better understanding of the issues that divide this world we have recently added the article ‘CNN Belief Blog ~ Sign of the Times’ to our listing of articles.

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how this whole world has been deceived as confirmed by the Word of God in Revelation 12:9. The Bible is true in all things and is the discerner of every thought and the intent of the heart (Hebrews 5:12).

    October 29, 2011 at 7:47 am |
    • Reality

      "Nineteenth-century agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll branded Revelation "the insanest of all books".[30] Thomas Jefferson omitted it along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he "considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams." [31]

      Martin Luther "found it an offensive piece of work" and John Calvin "had grave doubts about its value."[32]

      October 29, 2011 at 7:54 am |
    • AGuest9

      Actually, Revelation was the first sci-fi story.

      October 29, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • Primewonk

      "The Bible is true in all things and is the discerner of every thought and the intent of the heart (Hebrews 5:12)."

      Except of course, that it isn't.

      Bats are not birds. Rabbits don't chew their cud. Pi isn't 3.0. We don't treat/cure leprosy by using a live bird to sprinkle the blood of a dead bird around a house. The earth was not created before the stars. The earth did not have liquid vegetation or liquid water before the sun appeared. The moon is not a light source. There was no global flood 4000 years ago. There was no mass exodus of 2.5 million Jews from Egypt.


      October 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Magic

      "Actually, Revelation was the first sci-fi story."

      Well, not the first... but certainly an early and detailed foray into science-fiction / horror / fantasy.

      October 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  7. Al

    The news media must be desperate to post gossip columns! Anything that sells ... ... ... even if its crap – hope people read this nonsense and waste of time on line so they don't make any money off it, but they obviously make millions – otherwise – why would they do it? Readers – keep enjoying garbage and gossip – it wastes your time and life – get out there and live it!!! Your life is short enough without dooms days ... . Peace !

    October 29, 2011 at 5:50 am |
  8. WOT

    To CNN: will you please let me know how to get old blogs by dates, as you have my E-mail address,please. Some of these blogs are better than any Best Seller I have read!! As for

    the end of days: Come Lord Jesus, anytime, for these earthlians have lost their minds!

    October 29, 2011 at 1:44 am |
  9. Ozymandias71

    Maybe they didn't pray hard enough, or pray the right way?

    Betty Bowers has the answer!


    October 29, 2011 at 12:49 am |
    • mccgeno

      If god didn't take you on 5/21, then you're doomed to hell like the rest of us. lol.

      October 29, 2011 at 1:09 am |
    • sybaris

      Or my favorite, they weren't "True Christians"

      October 29, 2011 at 1:14 am |
    • newsreel

      Great post, short and sweet, an image is a thousand words. Thanks for exposing what religion really is. It's so obvious, but yet so hard for the confused to see through...

      October 29, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  10. Technologys gay

    Theists are the worlds mentally incompetent.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  11. malakhmelitz

    Prophetic Messages for all Nations:


    October 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  12. Zorro65

    I find this entertaining as I enjoy my dinner, paired with a little red wine; what if we learn these religious prophecy's are actually true? Lol, ha! If we saw Jesus coming from the clouds or Mohammed riding a horse which signifies the end of the world; we wouldn't be laughing so hard; or at least I wouldn't be.

    The posts are very entertaining; thanks to everyone.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • Bearer Of Bad News

      Horses can't fly. It would have to be a unicorn.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • Andy Anderson

      What if aliens come riding in on salmon and turn everybody on earth into tiny bits of cheese?

      I find the 'return' of any deities to be equally probable. They're all equally unprovable.

      October 29, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  13. André

    God. Is. Imaginary.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  14. MartinT

    In other words, "We Think the world will end one day, some day, and Jesus will return when he returns, because we all know it ain't over til it's over."

    October 28, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
    • Muneef

      Indeed, if they come to know of you, they will stone you or return you to their religion. And never would you succeed, then – ever." 18:20

      And similarly, We caused them to be found that they [who found them] would know that the promise of Allah is truth and that of the Hour there is no doubt. .......18:21

      And [that they may know] that the Hour is coming – no doubt about it – and that Allah will resurrect those in the graves. 22:7

      And of the people is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge or guidance or an enlightening book [from Him],

      Twisting his neck [in arrogance] to mislead [people] from the way of Allah . For him in the world is disgrace, and We will make him taste on the Day of Resurrection the punishment of the Burning Fire [while it is said], 22:9

      "That is for what your hands have put forth and because Allah is not ever unjust to [His] servants." 22:10

      The creation of the heavens and earth is greater than the creation of mankind, but most of the people do not know. 40:57

      And not equal are the blind and the seeing, nor are those who believe and do righteous deeds and the evildoer. Little do you remember. 40:58

      Indeed, the Hour is coming – no doubt about it – but most of the people do not believe. 40:59

      And when it was said, 'Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth and the Hour [is coming] – no doubt about it,' you said, 'We know not what is the Hour. We assume only assumption, and we are not convinced.' " 45:32

      October 29, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  15. 500 Questions

    I predict that one day, mankind will discover (if they haven't already) that blind faith always leads people into delusion.


    October 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
  16. benny


    October 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  17. Fire And Brimstone

    I love your god.
    After working my azz off for 56 years,
    i lost my job to Mexico
    my retirement money whiped out
    I got sick, and i prayed,
    and now i have health problems
    despite the fact that i have been healthy my whole life.

    So after having "nothing" good happen to me...
    Who do you think i should pray to now ??

    Dont bother telling me that i didnt try enough
    or that it was just meant to be....
    BULL """"""""""

    200 people could go down in a plane crash, and only one person would live.
    You would thank god for the one who lived,
    but you never blame god for the 199 people who died.

    Something is WRONG with you people.
    A real "GOD" would not work this way.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
    • hippypoet

      that was good, but i think my says equal but its shorter and therefore better for the average person who is generally dumb...

      Poem t!tle – "this is the end, say goodbye."

      goodbye cruel world...
      i leave you happy...
      and high as a fuking kite!
      this was how it was foretold...
      so i won't get sappy...
      i'm fuking my wife tonight!

      hippypoet 10-28-11

      October 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • Chad

      Sorry to hear about your troubles...

      October 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • MartinT

      @Chad.. Wow man, is that ALL you got out of the whole post? Really????

      October 28, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
    • Chad

      Some people have really, really difficult lives.
      I would encourage you not to give up though.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It's easy to see that Chad hasn't got a clue what real problems are like.

      October 29, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  18. Margaret L

    What about the homes and jobs these people walked away from. What happens to the people who left family members to go wandering the U.S. to warn people the end is near.

    October 28, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Fire And Brimstone

      **** Margaret L

      What about the homes and jobs these people walked away from. What happens to the people who left family members to go wandering the U.S. to warn people the end is near.
      Dont know.....guess that "god" is supposed to take care of them.

      October 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • Martin

      Who Cares

      October 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
    • heha

      if there was a cure for dumb they would be fine, but there isn't, so there fuked...and its there own fault...deal with your own adult choices like the rest of us! dic heads!

      October 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  19. RB

    "Judgment Day did in fact occur in 2011" -Harold Camping
    "Judgment Day did in fact occur in 1914" -Jehovah Witnesses founded by Charles T. Russel
    "Judgment Day did in fact occur in 1844" -Seventh-Day Adventist via Ellen G. White

    All false prophets, many more in the past... Who's next?

    October 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • muslim

      They ask you, [O Muhammad], about the Hour: when is its arrival? Say, " ... except Him. It lays heavily upon the heavens and the earth. It will not come ... knowledge is only with Allah , but most of the people do not know." Quran 7:187

      October 29, 2011 at 1:09 am |
    • sybaris

      Don't stop there:

      “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” 33 CE – Jesus son of Joseph

      October 29, 2011 at 1:21 am |
    • James Cole

      The Lord Jesus Christ says " Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name claiming, I am the Christ and will deceive many...At that time if anyone says to you Look, here is the Christ! or There he is! do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect- if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time." (Matthew 244,5,23-25 NIV) "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the xoming of the Son of Man." (Matthew 24:36,37 NIV) READ IT FOR YOURSELF "HEAVEN AND EARTH WILL PASS AWAY, BUT MY WORDS WILL NEVER PASS AWAY."(Matthew 24:35 NIV)

      October 29, 2011 at 7:53 am |
    • James Cole

      Please for give the typos...using a nook to post. But please read the Gospel of Matthew chapter 24 for yourself. And think about this; many people are being killed, in prisoned, disowned by family members all because they confessed Jesus Christ as Lord. No other reason just that...it says a lot about the truth of Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God, it says alot!

      October 29, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  20. Muneef

    Where did I read that they still predict the same for "Nov 11 2011"...or 11-11-11...? While others stay say it rather would be on "Dec 31 2012"... Then they will come and say no it was wrong calculation but rather would be not before 2060 as did lord Issac Newton claimed before....!?!
    No one knows any date/hour of those dates/hours other than GOD alone...

    October 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • MartinT

      I have comfort in your words that only god knows the hour. Since there is NO god, then that hour is likely to NOT be in my lifetime. After that time has passed, I won't give a dang one way or the other, as I will be worm food and darn glad for it.

      October 28, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
    • Muneef

      Not much expected from a Tin...!

      October 29, 2011 at 7:06 am |
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