The evangelical
broadcaster who left
followers crest fallen by
his failed prediction that
last Saturday would be
Judgement Day says he miscalculated.

Harold Camping said it
had “dawned” on him that God would spare
humanity “hell on Earth for five months” and the apocalypse would happen on 21 October.

Mr Camping said he felt
“terrible ” about his mistake.

But he said he could not
give financial advice to
those who spent their life
savings in the belief the
end was nigh.

Mr Camping had predicted
that on 21 May, true
believers would be swept
up to heaven while a
giant earthquake would
bring destruction for those left behind.

His independent ministry,
Family Radio
International, spent
millions of dollars on
broadcasts, billboards
and campaign vehicles to publicise the prediction.

Some followers donated
their life savings or simply
gave away their worldly
possessions as the day

The predicted doomsday
was publicised worldwide.

Many expressed
bewilderment and shock
as the day came and went
with no sign of the global

“I’ve been mocked and scoffed and cursed at,” said Jeff Hopkins, a retired TV producer in
New York state who
spent some of his savings
customising his car to
showcase Mr Camping’s warning.

“It’s like getting slapped in the face.”


Mr Camping had not been
seen since Saturday until
he appeared on a show
on his Open Forum radio
show, broadcast from
Oakland, California, on Monday to give a 90-
minute sometimes
rambling presentation
that included a question-
and-answer session with

He said that when his
prediction had failed to
materialise he felt so
terrible that he took
refuge in a motel with his

He said sorry for not
having the dates
“worked out as accurately as I could

Over the weekend, he
said, he had returned to
the scripture and it had
“dawned” on him that a “merciful and compassionate God” would spare humanity by compressing the
apocalyptic destruction
into a shorter time frame.

But he insisted 21 October
had always been the end-
point of his own
chronology – or at least his own latest
chronology, as a previous
prophecy that the
apocalypse would strike
in 1994 also failed to
come to pass.

Asked if he had any
advice to offer those who
had given away their
material wealth in the
belief the world was
about to end, Mr Camping said they would cope.

“We just had a great recession. There ’s lots of people who lost their jobs, lots of people who
lost their houses … and somehow they all
survived, ” he said.

“We’re not in the business of giving any financial
advice,” he added.

“We’re in the business of telling people maybe
there is someone you can
talk to, and that ’s God.” – bbc

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  • perera phillip  On 06/06/2014 at 10:57

    mneneri sakhala otchuka kudera lakwawo.

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