According to California-based Family Radio founder Harold Camping, the world has been under judgment not only since May 21, 2011, but since 1988.
In a broadcast dating from June 5, Camping reminded his listeners of his interpretation of the Bible, according to which the judgment began in year 1988, when God began scrutinizing the churches. The total judgment will end this Friday, Oct. 21, when the world is going to end, according to Camping.
The broadcaster had previously thought that the apocalypse would happen on May 21. After no Armageddon occurred on that day, he corrected himself that Oct. 21 is the date. But even before that day, he added, the world was being judged by the Lord.
"For all of us it has been a lot of shock," the broadcaster said in June. "But slowly on, we're finding that we are understanding more and more just exactly what is happening."
Camping then read a passage from Revelation 22:10: "Then he told me, 'Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.' "
"We are now living at a time when nothing more is sealed, it is all becoming wide open now," Camping added.
He also claimed that God did come on Sept. 7, 1994, the date which the Bible teacher predicted to be the date of the end of the world seventeen years ago.
"[In 1994] God came to do two things," Camping said, "One, to come as the Holy Spirit to begin the final ingathering of all the unsaved... Two, to lock in the judgment of the churches..."
The 90-year-old radio evangelist added that 1994 was also a "spiritual coming," which is how Camping described the failed apocalypse of May 21.
"Christ did come, absolutely," he said, "We didn't even recognize him."
The cycle is about to end Friday, which will leave the charismatic broadcaster with no more options of "rescheduling" the rapture.
Camping confirmed his prediction recently, though with less emphasis on the apocalyptic qualities of the end of the world. He also described the last day as quiet and peaceful, in which unbelievers will "quietly die." He said:
"We must believe that probably there will be no pain suffered by anyone because of their rebellion against God. This is very comforting to all of us, because we all have children, and have loved ones that are dear to us that we know are not saved; and yet we know that they'll quietly die. We can be more and more sure that they will quietly die and that will be the end of their story."
Most Christian commentators are skeptical about Camping's Friday apocalypse prediction.