Although originally predicting the world would end in a catastrophic succession of plagues and natural disasters, American Christian broadcaster Harold Camping has now subdued his prediction to a milder end of the world, involving earthquakes and “no pain suffered by anyone because of their rebellion from God.”
The more peaceful death for non-believers, which counts as Camping’s fourth predicted doomsday, is predicted to happen Friday, Oct. 21.
Camping originally predicted the end of the world would include a rapture of 200 million and natural disasters for multiple days, including fires, earthquakes, and plagues, before God destroyed the world.
He has now changed his tune, saying May was just the “spiritual rapture” and so could not be seen, and that the “physical rapture” would follow on Oct. 21.
Camping has predicted that the Oct. 21 Rapture will come “very, very quietly.”
"We can be sure that the whole world, with the exception of those who are presently saved (the elect), are under the judgment of God, and will be annihilated together with the whole physical world on October 21, 2011,” Camping said in a statement shortly after the May 21 letdown.
Camping then softened his claims, stating in an announcement on his radio show at the beginning of the month: “The end is going to come very, very quietly probably within the next month…by October 21.”
Camping now predicts the end of the world will happen through a succession of earthquakes. According to ITN news website, geologists have confirmed that ten earthquakes happened millions of years ago on October 21, but they also noted that several million earthquakes occur every year.
Although officially announcing his prediction, he is not publicly pushing his claim as much as he did back in May.
He suffered massive public criticism after the May 21 flub, as many people sold their possessions and depleted their savings accounts to prepare for the rapture.
“Family Radio,” Camping’s $70 million national radio show, told The Christian Post that they are not commenting on the predicted Rapture date.
Critics remain skeptical of Camping, especially because he did not take responsibility for those who sold their possessions and savings based on his prediction.
“I don't have any responsibility. I don't have any responsibility of anybody's life. I'm only teaching the Bible. I'm simply saying, ‘This is what the Bible says,'" he announced.
"We at Family Radio never tell anyone what [to] do with their possessions. That's totally between them and God," he added.