One would consider the world still being intact a good thing; however, for those who rid themselves of their worldly possessions, and for prophet Harold Camping, the fact that the planet is still in one piece isn’t necessarily a good thing.
Harold, the minister who calculated that the scriptural Rapture would take place on Saturday, told the San Francisco Chronicle that he was “flabbergasted” that his prediction proved false.
“It has been a really tough weekend,” the 89-year-old said.
Harold led the campaign to get the word out to the masses that May 21 would be the end of the world. In addition to declaring the date on air, there were also billboards posted that touted the date and read, “The Bible guarantees it.”
Robert Fitzpatrick spent more than $100,000 of his money spreading the word about the world’s end. “I don’t understand why it hasn’t happened,” he told The Daily.
Robert is not the only one to invest in the prediction. Several believers have reportedly sold their homes and other possessions assuming they’d no longer be needed after Saturday.
Expectant mother Adrienne Martinez dropped out of medical school and used her life savings to promote the event, the Washington Post reports.
Since the prophesy was not fulfilled Saturday, about 50 people or so gathered outside the Family Radio headquarters waving rainbow flags in support of Gay rights and getting drunk, The Daily reported.
A crowd also gathered in Times Square. Some were there expecting to feel the magnitude of the huge earthquakes Harold predicted. Others were there to taunt those waiting.
Although several Christians and other religious leaders remained skeptical of Harold’s Rapture in the weeks leading up to it, few disagree with him that the day is coming. However, Harold’s ability to predict that date is obviously in question.
This isn’t the first time Harold miscalculated the day and hour of the rapture, which the Holy Scriptures clearly indicates no one knows. In 1994, he made a similar prediction—although less publicized—with similar results.
Pastor T.D. Jakes reacted to the false prophesy via Twitter and wrote, “Don’t be disappointed that the world remains intact. God’s grace has abounded as it has in the past. Go to the church and tell him, thank you!”
Harold is expected to comment on his failed prediction Monday on his nightly show.
—Tracy L. Scott