Harold Camping Sorry World Failed to End

By: Mike Fossum - March 10, 2012

Harold Camping, 90, the California radio preacher and numerologist who twice-predicted the end of the world last year, has acknowledged that his prophecies were wrong and has apologized. In a letter written on his Family Radio website, Camping called his last blunder a “sinful statement,” and asked for God to forgive him.

Camping had initially declared May 21st, 2011 as being the end of the world. Family Radio spent millions marketing the apocalypse, hoping the Rapture would redeem all believers. Some followers quit their jobs and emptied their bank accounts to help spread the word. After nothing happened, Camping had a stroke, regrouped, claimed to be “flabbergasted,” said his initial date was a mathematical miscalculation, and rescheduled his end-of-the-world date to be in October. Nothing happened again, and Camping has recently displayed remorse.

“We humbly acknowledge we were wrong” and “we have no new evidence pointing to another date for the end of the world,” Camping had written. Sounding less somber, Camping pointed out that the May 21st non-world-end event at least raised awareness about the bible and Jesus Christ.

Camping added, “Family Radio has no interest in even considering another date. We have learned the very painful lesson that all of creation is in God’s hands and he will end time in his time, not ours! We humbly recognize that God may not tell his people the date when Christ will return, any more than he tells anyone the date they will die physically.”

The video below describes some of the generalized rapturous ethos Camping peddles to his followers:

Interestingly, Camping’s net worth is reported to hover around $75 million, but the stroke hints at actual conviction.

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  • http://www.amazon.com/SCARS-End-Times-Prophecy-Christian-ebook/dp/B003XKNF1K/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1331352760&sr=1-1 Patience Prence

    So many people tried to tell Mr. Camping to never set a date because the Bible clearly says no one knows the day or hour.

    I’m glad to hear he apologized but it’s sad he let so many people down who trusted him.

    Patience Prence
    Bestselling Author SCARS: An End-Times Novel

  • Jones

    Um, is he sorry the world didn’t end or is he sorry that his prediction that the world would end on a particular date was wrong? By the way the headline reads you would think he was sorry the would didn’t end! LOL Anyway, Harold is a nut job, the people that followed him gave away everything they had including their jobs, some people even killed their kids! Harold is no different than the people that yell Jihad and commit terrible acts in the name of a religion!

  • http://xcelplus.com.au Michael Czajka

    It takes a big man to say he’s sorry.

    I wish some of the others predicting the end in 2012 would do so!


  • http://www.autorrepairmishawakain.com bob

    The only prediction for sure is that about 160k people die every day and that is the end of the world for them….the world wont end until our sun burns out and I think that is about another 8 billion years give or take a billion….so there’s a more concrete prediction for the doomsters and the end of timers..and please contact me if you want to send me your life savings..LOL but I wont take it…and remember we are “spirits having a human experience” not “humans having a spiritual experience” so you don’t need people like these type of Conn artists…

  • http://oldtimeautos.com Tony

    I wonder is he sorry enough to return all he took from his followers.

  • http://discordia.loveshade.org Reverend Loveshade
  • Wayne

    I wish he would also say he was wrong about the end of the church age, that the church age has not ended.