Harold Camping has been avoiding the media since May 22 when believers woke up and the world still existed. Maybe Camping fears public mockery, maybe he’s sick of being wrong about the rapture but either way he promised the globe that Friday was his new rapture prediction date so people are wondering, what happened to doomsday?
According to Camping's previous explanation, around 200 million people would be raptured on May 21, and the rest will suffer for five months until Oct. 21, making it the definitive date for complete world obliteration. But as of Friday morning, the world is still intact and Camping’s keeping quiet.
“I’m sorry to disappoint you, but we at Family Radio have been directed to not talk to the media or the press,” Camping’s daughter Susan Espinoza wrote in response to an email request about Friday’s doomsday scenario. Camping is the president of the Oakland based Family Radio.
Camping suffered a mild stroke three weeks after his May 21 prediction that sparked global frenzy when it failed to materialize.
Camping dispelled the rumors through his Family Radio International website. In a message explaining his version of biblical math, Camping says, “Thus 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 Oct. 21.”
This time around, people are making light of Camping’s apoplectic predictions even more than before. On Twitter, actress Betty White tweeted, “Anyone know what time Harold Camping said the world is going to end? I’m trying to make lunch plans.”
Others are taking a more practical approach.
On Twitter, Rachel McCormick a Christian from Lynchburg, VA said, “Harold Camping, give it up dude. If you really knew the Bible you would know it says no one knows the day or hour of His return!”
Camping first predicted the end of the world would come in 1994 but he said later that it didn’t happen because of what Camping described as a mathematical error.