Harold Camping Oct. 21 Rapture: Preacher Yet to Respond, Needs More Money
Despite Oct. 21, 2011 coming and going with no rapture taking place, Harold Camping has yet to respond to his latest failed prediction.
Camping's latest doomsday claim marked his second false prediction of the year. The radio preacher originally said the world would end on May 21, 2011.
“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 told the Associated Press Friday.
Camping has also kept a low profile in the days leading up to the alleged rapture.
"We're not having a conversation," Camping told Reuters. "There's nothing to report here."
While Camping and Family Radio have kept quiet regarding their premonition, they haven't kept quiet about their financial problems.
A message airing on Family Radio Saturday said:
"I trust that you too will pray for us often that we can minister in many ways," the host said. "That God will provide wisdom to those of leadership and that we continue to minister to you, and to teach God's word daily. Please pray for us and pray about continuing to support this totally listener-sponsored Christian radio network. We have a great need for daily operating funds.”
“Without your generous support at this time we might be forced to face some very important decisions. I trust those of you who enjoy some of our programming daily will be able to share generously in the months ahead.”
The organization has grown to be a $120 million empire with 50 stations around the world, according to an IBTimes report. The report also said that that Camping used $100 million to promulgate his May 21, 2011 vision.
Camping based his predictions on two passages from the bible. One where God told Noah that he would bring a flood in seven days, and the other stating that for God, a day is like a thousand years; Camping thinks the world will end exactly 7000 years after the flood.
Camping suffered a stroke in June and turned 90 July 19.