Harold Camping: Rapture Rescheduled for October 21, Twitter Laughs On

    May 24, 2011
    Josh Wolford

The “flabbergasted” biblical numerologist Harold Camping has emerged from seclusion and addressed the world about the still impending rapture.

Until a broadcast on Family Radio late last night, Camping had only said a few words about the fact that the world did not begin its tailspin towards destruction at 6 pm on May 21st. Those words were caught on tape, courtesy of NPR:

Harold Camping speaks at home 5/22 by Brandoom

But last night, the 89-year-old fake prophet announced that the rapture was far from cancelled – but simply postponed. More specifically, he was not off on the dates. May 21st marked a more “spiritual” beginning of the end, and in five months the real end will come.

In Camping’s original prediction, the rapture was to take place on May 21st, sending the souls of some 200 million people to heaven. The world was then supposed to linger about in post-apocalyptic misery for five months, finally ceasing to exist on October 21st. It was a soft opening for the rapture, if you will.

Now, Camping is saying that there will be no lead up to the end, it will just happen on October 21st – a hard opening.

Camping, as quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle:

“Were not changing a date at all; we’re just learning that we have to be a little more spiritual about this. But on Oct. 21, the world will be destroyed. It won’t be five months of destruction. It will come at once.

We don’t need to talk about it anymore. The world has been warned – my it has been warned. We have done our share and the media picked it up. The world has been warned that it is under judgment.”

Well, the Twitterverse is reacting as you would expect:

Apparently the apocolypse is moved to Oct 21st, which also happens to be Kim Kardashian’s birthday. It’s all starting to make sense… 2 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

The Rapture pushed back to Oct. 21 after being overhauled & retooled by “Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark” creative team. 5 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Harold Camping is now saying the Rapture will occur on Oct. 21. Apparently he was able to file for an extension. #Rapture 3 hours ago via Seesmic Web · powered by @socialditto

Boy, even that fake Judgment Day is making Flag Day look like, well, Flag Day. 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

And joking seems to be to preferred method of talking about Camping’s rapture predictions. Social media monitoring company Crimson Hexagon analyzed over 500,000 relevant rapture discussions on Twitter from May 20th to May 23rd and found that 67% of those tweets were in the form of jokes, humor and sarcasm.

9% were about end-of-the-world parties while 10% were direct knocks on Harold Camping himself. 3% were talking about how they survived the rapture and 3% also said that the whole nopocalypse actually brought people closer to God/religion.

So the rapture is still imminent, my friends. And if Harold Camping has taught us anything it’s that when money is involved never give up on the crazy – you double down on the crazy.

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Josh Wolford
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