Harold Camping insisted Monday that he is still correct about the timeline of the End Times and listed four crucial dates until the October 21 Doomsday and Rapture. Camping made the comments during Family Radio's 'Open Forum' program that included a press conference.
Camping, who once predicted the rapture would occur in 1994, did not admit he was wrong again for the May 21 date. Instead, he pointed out that his interpretation of the May 21 Judgment Day had been physical when it was actually "spiritual."
During his 90-minute address Monday, the Family Radio preacher defended all his predicted dates for the End Times:
HAROLD CAMPING: DOOMSDAY TIMELINE UNTIL OCTOBER 21
May 21, 1988: Judgement Comes Upon Churches
Camping: "It was that time that God brought judgment on all of the church congregations. On May 21, that was a day before Pentecost in 1988, when God begin to bring judgment on the church age. The Bible is dripping with all kinds of information that indicates that God was so upset with the churches that they have developed their own rules of what the nature of salvation is and the authority of God."
"There is no church that believes in the Bible in the original language came from the lips of God. No church does."
"At that point, Christ left the church and installed Satan there. To make the judgment more severe, God actually enlisted Satan, who is the enemy of God to rule in the churches. So it was a terrible, terrible year."
Sept. 7, 1994: Judgment Continues on Churches; Lifted From Rest of World
Camping: "On Sept. 7, 1994, when I said there was a high likelihood there was a judgment day, it was true. There was judgment in a terrible way and there was salvation in a wonderful way...The salvation came because May 21, 1988 to Sept 7. 1994, no one could be saved in the world."
"On Sept. 7, God brought even more judgment on the churches because in the world, where judgment had begun, God lifted that judgment and began to allow people to become saved outside of churches, leaving the churches under judgment. It was a horrible day for the churches. They continued under the judgment of God. It was a wonderful day for the world because people could become saved. God has begun to bring in a special in-gathering.
"When God brought judgment upon the churches on May 21, 1988, He also brought judgment on the world. But as I indicated on Sept. 7, 1994, he lifted that judgment."
May 21, 2011: Judgement Comes on Entire World
Camping: "But on May 21, that weekend, this is when the spiritual aspect of it really comes through, God again brought judgment on the world."
"From May 7, 1994 to May 21, 2011, the world was not under judgment. It was still an opportunity to be saved out there."
"But on May 21, 2011, we didn't feel any different. We didn't see any difference in the world but we know from the Bible that God brought Judgment Day to bear on the whole world. The whole world is under Judgment Day. It will continue right up until Oct. 21, 2011, and at that time the whole world will be destroyed."
October 21, 2011: Entire World is Destroyed; Saved Ones Rapture
Camping: "Five months from now from May 21, as we learn from the Bible is Oct. 21. We are not changing the dates at all. We are just learning that we have to look at all this a little more spiritual[ly]. But it won't be spiritual on Oct. 21 because the Bible clearly teaches that then the world will be destroyed altogether. But it will be very quick. It won't be a five-month difficulty as we have learned."
"We had all of the dates correct. We didn't change anything at all. All the proofs, all the signs are correct. The only thing is that God has not opened our eyes yet that May 21 was the spiritual coming where as we had thought it was a physical coming but he has come in a sense that he now has the world under judgment."
"There is only one kind of people that will ascend into heaven and that has nothing to do with any religion. They could be a Hindu. They could be a Muslim, or whatever. If God has saved them then they will be caught up."