Family Radio Doomsday prognosticator Harold Camping has admitted that he was wrong about the end of the world – which is a sure sign that there will be no more Biblically-based mathematical predictions as to the precise End of Time. Further, Camping has said that God has not yet abandoned humanity, an event he suggested occurred on 5/21/11, even if massive global disasters did not.
After seeing his first end-time prediction come and go without that result in September 1994, Camping and his followers made headlines through much of the current year trumpeting 5/21/11 as the beginning of the end, with significant end-time follow-up predicted for 10/21/11.
When 5/21/11 came and went with no noticeable effect, Camping said God had abandoned humanity on that date and 10/21/11 would likely be a significant day.
According to Christian Post, Camping has now apologized for his errors, said that the precise date of Rapture and judgment is not knowable by humans, and abandoned his earlier claim that God has stopped saving believers.
Family Radio pulled down all references to end times after 10/21/11.
CP published a transcript of Camping’s remarks from 10/28/11 in which he acknowledged the entire sequence of events wasn’t great for his organization. “Why didn’t Christ return on Oct. 21?,” asked Camping. “It seems embarrassing for Family Radio. But God was in charge of everything. We came to that conclusion after quite careful study of the Bible. He allowed everything to happen the way it did without correction. He could have stopped everything if He had wanted to.”
He also said, “Incidentally, I have been told that I said back in May that people who did not believe that May 21 should not be the rapture date, probably had not been saved. I should not have said that, and I apologize for that. One thing we know for certain, is that God is merciful, merciful beyond anything that we would ever expect.”