Doomsday forecaster sets new date


IOL news may 24 Apocalypse Saturday~3

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Harold Camping speaks during a taping of his show Open Forum in Oakland, California. Camping, a radio and television preacher, had predicted the end of the world this past Saturday.

Los Angeles - The evangelical Christian broadcaster whose much-ballyhooed Judgment Day prophecy went conspicuously unfulfilled on Saturday has a simple explanation for what went wrong - he miscalculated.

Instead of the world physically coming to an end on May 21 with a great, cataclysmic earthquake, as he had predicted, Harold Camping, 89, said he now believes his forecast is playing out “spiritually”, with the actual apocalypse set to occur five months later, on October 21.

Camping, who launched a doomsday countdown in which some followers spent their life's savings in anticipation of being swept into heaven, issued his correction during an appearance on his “Open Forum” radio show from Oakland, California.

The headquarters of Camping's Family Radio network of 66 US stations had been shuttered over the weekend with a sign on the door that read, “This Office is Closed. Sorry we missed you!”

During a sometimes rambling, 90-minute discourse that included a question-and-answer session with reporters, Camping said he felt bad that Saturday had come and gone without the rapture he had felt so certain would take place.

Reflecting on scripture afterward, Camping said it “dawned” on him that a “merciful and compassionate God” would spare humanity from “hell on Earth for five months” by compressing the physical apocalypse into a shorter time frame.

But he insisted that October 21 has always been the end-point of his own End Times chronology, or at least, his latest chronology.

The tall, gaunt former civil engineer with a deep voice and prominent ears has been wrong before. More than two decades ago, he publicly acknowledged a failed 1994 prophecy of Christ's return to Earth.

To publicise his latest pronouncement, the Family Radio network posted over 2 000 billboards around the country declaring that Judgment Day was at hand, and believers carried the message on placards in shopping malls and street corners.

Asked what advice he would give to followers who gave up much or all of their worldly possessions in the belief that his Judgment Day forecast would come true, Camping drew a comparison to the nation's recent economic slump.

“We just had a great recession. There's lots of people who lost their jobs, lots of people who lost their houses ... and somehow they all survived,” he said.

“People cope, he added. “We're not in the business of giving any financial advice. We're in the business of telling people maybe there is someone you can talk to, and that's God.” -Reuters


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Anonymous, wrote

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06:00pm on 24 May 2011
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re: BeWarned saying about leaving prophets...fyi that was Old Test. and in the Old Testament he would be stoned for a false prophesy...this guy is a sham and as a Christian remember " no man knows the day or hour" any date you hear...it WILL NOT be that date because the Bible says so. and obviously the person who says there's no God has infinite knowledge...no person knows EVERYTHING or even 10% of everything therefore cannot make such an absolute statement. IT IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE FOR THE GOD OF THE BIBLE TO EXIST OUTSIDE OF THIS PERSONS LIMITED KNOWLEDGE.

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Alzheimer, wrote

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05:07pm on 24 May 2011
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Alzheimers dsease. That's what it's called.

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ET1, wrote

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04:42pm on 24 May 2011
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Even if it were possible to predict, knowing when the world will end will really suck, so stop making people's lives miserable by drawing dates out of a hat!

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Vic, wrote

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04:42pm on 24 May 2011
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If Harold Camper believes in euthenasia, then perhaps October 21st is a good day for him to bow out, and take his gullible followers with him, so we DON'T get ludicrous predictions again !

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bored, wrote

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04:40pm on 24 May 2011
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can someone not shoot this dimwitted idiot

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Lexy, wrote

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04:34pm on 24 May 2011
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The bible is confusing because it's a work of fiction written by people. god does not exist.

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Jess, wrote

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04:25pm on 24 May 2011
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This is what happens when you place your faith in a human being and not in God himself. The jokes on you!

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Zarah, wrote

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04:09pm on 24 May 2011
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God Almighty help his soul, misleading people, shame he belongs in a mental institution or an old age home, Only God knows when everything comes to an end

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Be warned, wrote

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04:07pm on 24 May 2011
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Psalm 105 verse 15 " Do not touch the annointed of GOD and do my Prophets no harm" Be careful what comes ou of you mouth or your keyboard!

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Bruce, wrote

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03:50pm on 24 May 2011
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Why did the bible have to be so vague on this matter. Why say no one knows, and then give hints as to the precise date. It is contradictory and confusing.

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Anonymous, wrote

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03:19pm on 24 May 2011
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Yeah right!! "he miscalculated" ... no one can calculate or "miscalculate" the day, NO ONE! Only God knows the day and time. I'm surprised there are so many gullible people in this world who fell for what the old man said, especially when it's not the first time he is wrong. I think it's foolish to fall for such.

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Thulz, wrote

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03:17pm on 24 May 2011
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Is he dead yet?

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:48pm on 24 May 2011
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Now dats just cold man, how do you make somebody lose every thing they had and even theye jobs and then have the nerve to tell them you not in the business of giving financial advice.

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Di, wrote

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02:29pm on 24 May 2011
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Harold, why dont you go a camping out in the nutter house.

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Daniel, wrote

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02:08pm on 24 May 2011
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Only one word comes to mind. Euthanasia...

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Jacobsroodt, wrote

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01:28pm on 24 May 2011
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"We're in the business of telling people maybe there is someone you can talk to.” Old Harold is also in the business of making money. Sure he has made a hansom bit off increased traffic to his 150 family radio channels. He tried the trick in 1994 as well - maybe the well run dry - LOL

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JennyN, wrote

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01:25pm on 24 May 2011
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So lets say that the old git is right and the world does end on 21 May. So what? I don't that getting together in a hotel is going to make much difference. It boggles the mind that people continue to believe such balony. Its all been done before - plenty.

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Lway, wrote

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01:13pm on 24 May 2011
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This guy is going to die waiting for Jesus....so keep you're "due dates" coming old man - you're becoming more of a joke every time you open your mouth and blurt out another thumb suck prediction.

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na, wrote

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01:11pm on 24 May 2011
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Have faith in your religion and trust GOD and we all will and should be fine.

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:04pm on 24 May 2011
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This hillbilly is getting exactly what he wants PUBLICITY!

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