Harold Camping’s fourth predicted doomsday, which includes a more peaceful death for non-believers, is predicted to happen Friday, Oct. 21.
Camping has previously predicted three doomsdays, the most recent one being May 21. As a result of Camping's prophecy, many followers sold all material possessions and quit their jobs in preparation for judgment.
When May 21 arrived and the world did not end, Camping created public controversy. Many followers were left with depleted savings accounts.
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 destroys 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 predicting that the Oct. 21 Rapture will be quick and there will be “no pain” for non-believers.
"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.
Skeptics question Camping’s commitment to his words, especially because he himself did not sell any of his possessions in preparation for the Second Coming.
Some have questioned why Harold Camping’s “Family Radio” Minnesota office filed for an extended tax filing date of November 15 when it supported his prediction that the world would end in May?
After his May 21 flub, Camping suffered a stroke in June, which some critics believe was a result of the immense amount of stress and pressure he endured due to the public reaction to his misjudgment.
Now, having survived the stroke, Camping is back again to continue his commentary on the “real” doomsday – happening Oct. 21. What will happen to Camping’s health, at age 86, if this doomsday is unfulfilled?
He argued that May 21 was God’s spiritual judgment and that October would mark the physical end of the world.
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.
"God brought Judgment Day to the whole world. The whole world is on Judgment Day. It will continue to Oct. 21, 2011 and at that time the whole world will be destroyed," Camping said in a public address after the May 21 disappointment.
Although officially announcing his prediction, he is not publicly pushing his claim as much as he did back in May.
“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.