By Matt Watson
Now I don’t want to say I’m an expert but I have survived many an apocalypse. In fact in my 21 years on this Earth I have survived over 50 of them. From The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn to The Amazing Criswell I have survived all of their mad predictions. And while the internet panics over tomorrows Mayan prophecy it is important to remember this is only their first attempt- they are just an amateur outfit compared to Harold Egbert Camping.
The retired American radio host has predicted the end of the world six, I repeat SIX, times. And each one was taken relatively seriously!
His first step into predicting the end of the world came in 1994 where Camping predicted the Rapture would take place on September 6. When it failed to occur he revised the date to September 29 and then to October 2.
Not put off by his three previous attempts in ’94, on March 31st ’95 Camping again boldly predicted the end of the world on his Californian based Christian radio show.
It was 16 years later that Camping turned prophet again. This time he predicted that the Rapture and devastating earthquakes would occur on May 21, 2011 with God taking 3% of the world’s population into Heaven, and that the end of the world would occur five months later on October 21.
When this failed, Camping revised his prediction and said that on May 21, a “Spiritual Judgement” took place, and that both the physical Rapture and the end of the world would occur on October 21, 2011.
Just like tomorrow’s Mayan prophecy, Camping’s 2011 prediction received press coverage from around the world.
Early this year, Camping “humbly acknowledged” that he had made a mistake and that his attempt to predict a Rapture was “sinful,” and that his critics had been right in pointing to line in the Bible that states of the Rapture: “of that day and hour knoweth no man”.
Camping added however that he is now searching the Bible “even more fervently”.
So rest assure that even if the Mayan’s aren’t right then Camping will be back with a new date for the rapture.
Seventh time lucky?
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