According to Harold Camping, doomsday prophet and president of Family Radio in Oakland, the world is to be destroyed and God’s elect people raptured on Oct. 21.
Camping said, in 2009, that after the day is over, all who did not receive Christ will be destroyed by fire for all eternity and every created thing will cease to exist.
This comes after Camping’s previous prediction that a world- wide-scale earthquake would sweep the earth by time zone starting at 6 p.m. EDT on May 21.The prediction did not come true.
Camping is known for his failed apocalyptic predictions that began in 1978. His predictions are based off Jewish feast days in the Hebrew calendar, the lunar calendar, the Gregorian calendar and various scriptures in the Bible.
In 1988, Camping said that May 21, 1988 was the Day of Judgment. When the prediction failed to materialize, Camping recalculated. Later, he claimed the world’s destruction would occur on Sept.
6, 1994. Even further, Camping claimed he had evidence that Christ would return on Apr. 3, 1996, and again on May 3, 1996.
After saying Sept. 6, 1994, was only the beginning of the Great Tribulation, Camping claimed Christ would return no later than 2008. On Oct. 15, 2009, Camping predicted Judgment Day was to take place on May 21, 2011. His claim was supported by a figurative interpretation of Genesis 7:4 and a literal translation of 2 Peter 3:8.
After the worldwide earthquake did not occur, Camping said a spiritual, not physical, judgment took place and Oct. 21, 2011, is the day the world will be destroyed and the Church raptured at the same time.
Camping said in a recent Family Radio podcast, “Oct. 21, that’s coming very shortly, that looks like it will be, at this point, it will be the final end of everything.”
Professor of New Testament Richard Mobley is critical of Camping’s claims.
“Such speculations are in direct contradict to Jesus’ state- ments to his own disciples down playing ‘Second Coming’ time- tables and date-settings,” Mobley said. “There is a reason for this: he wanted his disciples to be active in what was their business;
namely, the spread of the gospel.” Camping wrote several books, including “1994?”, “Time Has An End: A Biblical History of the World 11,013 BC – 2011 AD”, “We are Almost There!” and “To God be
The Glory” about his predictions.
Mobley believes there are two major problems with Camping’s predictions.
“People who buy into his prophecies make extreme life-altering decisions that take time to recover from. More importantly, there is distrust in the biblical message when ‘Bible-based’ prophecies fail. People who assume a self- proclaimed prophet is seriously studying scripture for his predictions wind up asking, ‘Can I trust anything the Bible says?’”
More information on Camping’s 2011 predictions can be found in a tract on eBible Fellowship’s website.