Harold Egbert Camping (born July 19, 1921) is a Christian radio broadcaster and president of Family Radio, a California-based religious broadcasting network that spans more than 150 outlets in the United States as well as a website.
He used mathematical predictions applied to the Bible to predict dates for the end of the world.
His current end times prediction is that the Rapture will be on May 21, 2011 and that God will completely destroy the Earth and the universe five months later on October 21.
Although previously he had predicted that rapture would occur in September 1994
Recently, as his predicted Judgment Day (May 21, 2011) draws near, Family Radio has become affiliated with eBibleFellowship, another Bible-based ministry.
Followers continue to listen to Camping despite the fact that he was wrong in his previous prediction of the end of the world. In his book 1994?, he claimed there was a very high likelihood that the world would end in September, 1994, although he did acknowledge in the book "the possibility does exist that I could be wrong.
Camping has gained recent notoriety due to his prediction that the Christian Rapture will take place on May 21, 2011and that the end of the world will take place five months later on October 21, 2011.
Followers of Camping claim that around 200 million people (approximately 3% of the world's population) will be raptured. As for the remainder of the human population, Camping himself believes in annihilationism, which is the view that those who are not saved will simply cease to be conscious rather than spend eternity in Hell.
Those who were "unsaved" and died prior to May 21 will not be affected by or experience the Rapture or the end of the world.
"When Christ comes they, themselves, will be destroyed in the Day of Judgment."- What will Happen to the believers if he doesn't come?
Are there any believers that could answer this for me? I find it concerning that this is believed by 200 Million poeple. Will it create Chaos among you if the world doesn't end?
Also does it not say in the Bible "evil men and impostors [who] will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. - 2 Timothy 3:13"
It also says in the Bible "The truth is, no one knows the day or hour of the coming of the Son of Man (Matthew 24:36)"
There have been many Cult leaders in the past that have preached the end of the world, who said that God spoke to them as they murdered, intimidated, Brain Washed and caused mass suicides among their believers.
Is Harold Camping a true Prophet or a Cult Leader? Who decides this? How do the followers know for sure?
**David Berg founder of the 'Children Of God' Also Preached the the End of the World in Addition to child sex abuse being natural and right.
**Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles Founders of 'Heaven's Gate' Preached everyone would be wiped of the Planet and Recycled and the Only chance of Escape was to leave the Planet. This was the teachings that resulted in Mass Suicides.
**Luc Joret Leader of the 'Solar Temple' Preached the message of the Apocalypse, claiming it would come through Natural Disasters (not much Unlike Harold Camping) - However Luc Joret had a way of saving his followers and in 1994, the cult was found dead due to Mass Suicide in a Compound near Geneva
**David Koresh Leader of 'Branch Davidian Religious Act' Another Prophet to Preach the end of the World, this heavily armed cult were taught to fear and fight authorities that threatened their life in the cult. The famous stand off in Feb 1994 resulted in the loss of 76 members in a fire.
**Jim Jones, Leader of the 'People's Temple' was intrigued by religious zeal and had a strong interest in death, he rose to become a symbol of mind control and brainwashing. As the Government where preparing to bring charges of violence, abuse of followers, the cult escaped to a settlement in Guyana named Jonestown by Jones. This is were later the largest mass cult suicide played out, 909 including many children died that day after drinking Kool-Aid.