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. more >>
In a Bible study program published on Family Radio's website this week, Tom Evans, who served as Harold Camping's PR man leading up to the May 21, 2011 non-event, is seeking to comfort supporters who may be experiencing doubt over the accuracy of Oct. 21 – the day Camping says the world will come to an end.
Titled "Tom Evan's Study" and dated Oct. 16, the audio clip features Evans doing a Bible study with Family Radio and Camping supporters about the "spiritual" unfoldings of May 21 and what to expect on Oct. 21, especially if Christians are not raptured, or caught up to heaven.
Evans has known Camping for about 30 years and has worked with Family Radio for 25 years in various capacities. more >>
Harold Camping has made Time Magazine’s Top 10 Best Topical Halloween Costumes list for 2011 along with Kate Middleton and a pregnant Beyonce Knowles.
The magazine suggests those impersonating the Christian broadcaster wear a stiff brown suit, a well-worn tie and a sign that reads “Judgment Day: May 21, 2011.”
“Cross out May 21, write October 21,” suggests the magazine. more >>
Family Radio says if you weren't among those who were saved by May 21, the date of Harold Camping's Rapture prediction, then it's too late.
When its general manager Camping made a doomsday prediction back in May that was a "physical" failure, Family Radio informed the world that God actually used the much-publicized event "to warn the whole world that on May 21 [His] salvation program would be finished on that day."
According to Camping and Family Radio, the whole world has been "under God's judgment" since May 21. Everyone, except for the elect, or "true believers," has been hanging under God's wrath, which will unfold on Oct. 21. more >>
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has been planning for years to find a way to unite the world's major religions in an effort to help foster peace, and believes a new international organization to be housed in Vienna, Austria will help make that dream a reality. As the institution was officially founded Thursday, some Christians are likely to start pointing to interpretations of biblical prophecy about the emergence of a one-world religion many believe precedes the return of Jesus Christ.
According to media reports, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, Austrian Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger and Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez Garcia-Herrera oversaw the signing of a contract between the three nations Thursday, in which they will cooperate in the building and organization of an interfaith center in Vienna. Other high level officials from the three nations were also reportedly in attendance at the treaty signing.
The building, to be called the "King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue," was conceived of by its namesake and mostly financed by the Saudi government. According to media reports the center will be composed of a governing body of 12 representatives, among that number will be representatives from Islam (one each Sunni and Shiite), Christians (one each Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox), a Buddhist, a Hindu and a Jewish representative. more >>
Why does Harold Camping still have a platform at Family Radio and why are his theories about the end of the world, the Rapture and the return of Jesus Christ still popular among some Christians even though the 90-year-old "student of the Bible" has been wrong, repeatedly?
According to Tim Lucas, lead pastor of Liquid Church in Morristown, N.J., natural disasters, global unrest and economic turmoil often prompt believers to question if the end is nigh. Lucas cautions, however, that as such events unfold and prophetic claims are made, Christians need to remember three key things when it comes to evaluating "prophecies" made by people like Camping.
The first of three key questions believers should ask themselves when it comes to evaluating people like Camping who claim to have special knowledge about the end times, Lucas says, is if the individual is "smarter than Jesus." more >>