Christian radio broadcaster and end of times prognosticator Harold Camping has seen each of his predictions about the end of the world proven untrue, and it seems as though this time around the 90-year-old Camping may be suffering from a bit of self-doubt.
Camping’s last prediction for doomsday was May 21 and in a massive effort, the 90-year-old broadcaster who said that the Bible "guaranteed" his predictions managed to garner many followers that dedicated their lives and their money to spreading his word of Rapture.
Many of those who followed the doomsday preaching Family Radio host truly believed that on May 21 they were going to ascend to heaven while the unsaved remained on earth until its final obliteration.
When the Rapture did not occur Camping told the San Francisco Chronicle that he was “flabbergasted” as to why his prophecy did not materialize.
He later explained that May 21 was just the “spiritual rapture,” saying on his Family Radio website, “What really happened is that God accomplished exactly what He wanted to happen. That was to warn the whole world that on May 21 God’s salvation program would be finished on that day.”
Camping, who suffered a stroke in June following his failed prediction, has been largely quiet about his next prediction, not conducting nearly a similar type of effort to warn the world of the end of the world.
In fact, last month Camping described the Oct. 21 event this way: “The end is going to come very, very quietly, probably within the next month. It will happen by Oct. 21.”
Camping previously suggested that the world would come to an end following a global earthquake, but his change in tone to a “quieter" apocalypse and using the word "probably" as opposed to "guarantee" suggest that Camping is less certain about his prediction this time around.
Notably, Camping has said in a statement, "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."
But his usage of the words “maybe” and “probably” in recent podcasts and descriptions depict that Camping does not want to suffer the same backlash this time around if his prediction does not come true.
Following his May 21 doomsday scenario, a humbled Camping told reporters that he is “not a genius.”