News Blog: End of the World Approaching … Probably

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The end of the world may not have happened on his last predicted day, but preacher Harold Camping told his followers the end of the world will probably happen Friday, Oct. 21.

But he’s been wrong before.

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Camping has made multiple guesses as to when the day of Rapture will happen, including once in 1992, once in 1994 and on May 21 of this year.

In a recent audio posting on his website, Camping told his followers that Rapture Day really did begin on May 21 and will probably be completely carried out Friday.

“I do believe we are getting very near the very end,” Camping said. “We’ve learned that there is a lot of things we didn’t have quite right and that’s God’s good provision. If he had not kept us from knowing everything that we didn’t know, we would not have been able to be used to him to bring about the tremendous event that occurred on May 21 of this year, which will probably be finished out on Oct. 21. That’s coming very shortly. At this point, it looks like it will be the final end of everything.”

Camping said he and his followers are not going to pass out any more tracts or advertise about the coming of the end of the world. He said they have done their part to warn everyone, according to dailycaller.com.

“”What really happened this past May 21st? What really happened is that God accomplished exactly what He wanted to happen,” Camping said on a recent familyradio.com posting. “That was to warn the whole world that on May 21 God’s salvation program would be finished on that day. For the next five months, except for the elect (the true believers), the whole world is under God’s final judgment. To accomplish this goal God withheld from the true believers the way in which two phrases were to be understood. Had He not done so, the world would never have been shaken in fear as it was.”

Camping quickly became the subject of many jokes after his last attempt to predict gloom and doom failed. Regardless of the jokes, Camping wasn’t deterred , telling the Associated Press that he wasn’t embarrassed and that his prediction was just premature.

Although Camping claims Rapture is quickly approaching, some remain skeptical, claiming this 89-year-old preacher is just after money.

Between 2005 and 2009, Camping received $80 million in contributions.

But as his revised date approaches, Camping seems less confident. The Christian Post notes Camping’s proclamations about Oct. 21 have been heavy on the probably. So if you find yourself unable to muster the same enthusiasm for Rapture 2011 this time around, you’re definitely not alone.

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