Investigators looking into the circumstances of the death of a young man from Florida are suspecting Harold Camping’s rapture prediction and the publicity generated by the Family Radio man’s followers may have pushed him over the edge.
Victor Frasno, 25, described by investigators as very religious, was staying with family in California when he became hysterical as Harold Camping’s Judgment Day was about to arrive hours later. Despite the fact that he couldn’t swim, he jumped into the huge reservoir in Contra Loma Regional Park, Antioch saying he had to “get to God.”
Frasno’s body was recovered from the reservoir just moments before midnight as May 21st, Camping’s predicted day of rapture, was about to arrive. more >>
A 14-year-old girl from Russia was so scared of the May 21 doomsday and rapture prediction made by Harold Camping that she committed suicide the same day, investigators said Wednesday. The teenager wanted to choose death rather than be among the ones suffering on earth after the rapture.
May 21 was the day that Family Radio preacher Camping said believers would rapture up to heaven ahead of the apocalypse and those left behind on earth would suffer under disasters that would culminate with the destruction of the world on October 21.
Nastya Zachinova, who lived in the Republic of Mari El in Central Russia, believed that the world end on May 21, her family told LifeNews, a Russian tabloid. more >>
Harold Camping insisted Monday that he is still correct about the timeline of the End Times and listed four crucial dates until the October 21 Doomsday and Rapture. Camping made the comments during Family Radio's 'Open Forum' program that included a press conference.
Camping, who once predicted the rapture would occur in 1994, did not admit he was wrong again for the May 21 date. Instead, he pointed out that his interpretation of the May 21 Judgment Day had been physical when it was actually "spiritual."
During his 90-minute address Monday, the Family Radio preacher defended all his predicted dates for the End Times: more >>
A Bible teaching ministry is offering Family Radio, ministry of Harold Camping, $1 million to purchase its entire network of 66 stations in the U.S. A Bible Answer said it would assume ownership of the Family Radio stations the day after October 21, Camping's new date for Doomsday.
Richard Myers, the administrator of abibleanswer.org, said his group is proposing to take possession of Family Radio stations on Oct. 22 since the radio preacher would not need them after the rapture and End of the World. Camping is president of Family Radio.
"After taking the money of his supporters, let Harold give up all he has to show he believes what he is preaching. He does not or else he would sell," Myers wrote on the website. more >>
Even as Harold Camping announced that the final spiritual judgment of the world began on May 21, he reaffirmed his belief that God passed judgment on organized churches more than two decades ago.
Camping, 89, first announced the “end of the church age” in 2002, claiming that God was no longer working through churches because of their apostasy. According to Camping, the conclusion of the “church age” came on May 21, 1988.
“Evidence was seen ever since,” Camping said Monday in his first public address after the unrealized doomsday. “If we take a snap shot of churches 50 years ago, and of our day, it’s entirely different. They have far less respect for the world, far different views on marriage and music.” more >>
NEW YORK – A Christian radio station, formerly affiliated with Family Radio, wrote an open letter to the followers of doomsday preacher Harold Camping Wednesday, imploring them to repent from his "satanic teaching" and turn back to Christ.
"There is hope and forgiveness," Reedemer Broadcasting Network, which owns WFSO in Olivebridge, N.Y., told followers of Camping.
The May 25-dated letter was addressed to those who were "deeply affected by this false date," noting that some have sold their possessions, run into trouble with their marriage because they were a Camping follower, or killed their pets. more >>