Harold Camping Oct. 21 Rapture: Family Radio Leader Avoids Press to Wait for End of the World (PHOTOS)

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By Andrea Marcela Madambashi , Christian Post Correspondent
October 21, 2011|10:14 am

Harold Camping, who predicted that the world would end on May 21 this year, is avoiding press as he waits for his predicted End of the World to take place today, Oct. 21.

"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, according to CSM.

The Family Radio leader had to face international mockery previously when he warned that the world would end on May 21, but found himself still on Earth on May 22.

Following the failed prediction, Camping broke his silence and spoke publicly for the first time two days after the predicted rapture that did not happen.

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Harold Camping, president of Family Radio, fixes his mic as he prepares for a live radio broadcast on Monday, May 23, 2011. Camping delivered his first public statement on Monday since his failed prediction that the rapture would occur on May 21.

Camping offered no sincere apology and at the time he made a new prediction: the rapture would actually be on Oct. 21.

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Harold Camping responds to his failed May 21 Judgment Day prediction during a press conference Monday, May 23, 2011, at Family Radio headquarters in Oakland, Calif.

Now Harold Camping is indirectly speaking to his supporters through Tom Evans, who served as his PR man leading up to the May 21 non-event this year.

harold camping (Photo: The Christian Post / Hudson Tsuei)

Harold Camping, president of Family Radio, speaks out for the first time since his failed prediction that the rapture and Judgment Day would happen on May 21. The address was broadcast live from the ministry's headquarters in Oakland, Calif., on May 23, 2011.

According to Evans, who was gathered at Family Radio in a meeting with Camping supporters in Oakland this Sunday, the 90-year-old Bible teacher “believes that unbelievers will simply become tired, fall asleep and never awake.”

family radio (Photo: The Christian Post / Hudson Tsuei)

Family Radio is headquartered in Oakland, Calif. Its president, Harold Camping, continues to cause a stir as he predicts the exact date of the end times. Most of the staff at Family Radio do not believe in Camping's predictions.

However, if the “physical” rapture fails to happen again today, Evans has this to say to believers: “How am I gonna respond if it doesn’t happen? I think we all can trust that God will strengthen us."

family radio (Photo: AP Images / Maura Lynch)

A member of the Family Radio group is seen at the International 9th Avenue Food Festival Saturday, May 14, 2011 in New York. Members are travelling the country in RVs called “Project Caravan” guaranteeing that Judgment Day is May 21, 2011 and that the world will end on October 21, 2011. The apocalyptic Christian group is led by 89 year old Harold Camping.

"If there’s something we’ve missed, then He will strengthen us.”

 

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