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.