Harold Camping, the radio preacher who predicted that Jesus would return on May 21, 2011, to usher in the apocalypse, died Sunday evening, his Family Radio network confirmed. He was 92.
The New Testament’s last book, Revelation (no “s” on the end, please) has inspired all sorts of sermons, tracts, even entire religious movements aimed at provoking fear and repentance, when, one author says, believers should take comfort from its words instead.
The Oakland-based Family Radio International, which stirred a global frenzy when it predicted the rapture would take 200 million Christians to heaven on May 21, now says the cataclysmic event will destroy the globe on Friday.
The California radio preacher who predicted the apocalypse on May 21 has been moved to a nursing home, where he is recovering from a stroke he suffered last month.
The California radio preacher who predicted the world's end on May 21 has been moved to a nursing home, where he is recovering from a stroke he suffered last month.
"The quality of mercy is not strain'd," or so the Bard imagined. "It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven." Sometimes. Maybe. But Mr. Shakespeare never lived and worked in Washington, where many things droppeth but few are gentle.
According to Harold Camping, May 21, 2011, was supposed to be Judgment Day. It was, in a sense. As the day came and went, the world judged Mr. Camping's 15 minutes of fame were up. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner may yet learn something from Mr. Camping.
Well, we're still here despite doomsday evangelist Harold Camping's warning of the end of the world on May 21 at 6 p.m. But wait. Mr. Camping says we're not out of the woods. He announced last week that "spiritual" doom occurred May 21 and physical destruction of the world will happen on Oct. 21. If he still has any acolytes after this, it will give new meaning to the term "credulous."
The hour of the apocalypse came quietly and went the same way, leaving those who believed that Saturday evening would mark the world's end confused, or more faithful, or just philosophical.
What really happened to Osama bin Laden? A new Fox News poll of 910 registered voters revealS that 3 percent say bin Laden was "greeted by 72 virgins in heaven" upon his death. One percent of tea party supporters, 2 percent of Republicans, 3 percent of Democrats, 2 percent of conservatives, 3 percent of liberals and 5 percent of moderates agree with that notion.