Independent Christian radio host, Howard Camping says his prophecy of the “Rapture” was off by five months because the Judgement Day actually will come on 21 October 2011
“However the whole world is under Judgment Day and it will continue right up until Oct. 21, 2011 and by that time the whole world will be destroyed,” said Camping in an Open Forum.
The 89-year-old retired civil engineer appeared publicly on Monday, saying he felt terrible when his doomsday prediction did not come true on Saturday. He also said he left home and took refuge in a motel with his wife.
According to his earlier prediction, the rapture would have been on May 21, 2011 and the final annihilation of the world on October 21.
Camping’s earlier prediction stated that the end of the world will unfold with a fierce earthquake in New Zealand at 6 pm local time.
“It [the apocalypse] will continue across the Earth at such a rate that every Richter scale in the world and every news organisation in the world will have no doubt – Judgment Day is here”, Mr Camping declared.
According to his original theory, those who are left behind after May 21 will be the sinners, whose turn of destruction will come six months later on October 21. The quake/flood would have selectively destroyed/saved those who come in its path.
However, Camping has made some modifications now, saying that the two will strike and that the double apocalypses will hit the earth on October 21.
Camping also said though there is no visible Judgment on May 21, it happened in a spiritual sense.
“On May 21, this last weekend, this is where the spiritual aspect of it really comes through. God again brought judgment on the world. We didn’t see any difference but God brought Judgment Day to bear upon the whole world.”
Camping has been predicting for years that the judgment day would fall on May 21, 2011, although he had claimed earlier that the world would end in September 1994. But when the day passed without catastrophic results he said he miscalculated and that the end would take place on May 21, 2011.
He bases his theory of apocalyptic flood on Bible but it is obvious that he picks and chooses anecdotes, verses and Biblical stories conveniently so he can produce the theory of a flood that will happen in his own lifetime.
In the Bible, it is said that Noah had been given 7 days to prepare for the flood. According to 2 Peter 3:8, “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” Camping says the ’7-day warning notice’ has been in place and he has actually decoded it precisely. Camping says though, that instead of a 7-day warning, it’s really been a 7,000-year-warning