Preacher man Harold Camping became a national joke last May when his well-publicized rapture prophecies fell flat. There were even more chuckles on October 21, another date the California-based Evangelical claimed Jesus would return to save true believers and banish the rest of us to hell. That of course didn’t happen and Camping was forced to apologize to his flock.
Well, now Camping is back, but he’s not offering up another end of the world date. He’s out of that game: “We have learned the very painful lesson that all of creation is in God’s hands and he will end time in his time, not ours!,” Camping said. Instead he’s again offering contrition for his false apocalyptic declarations. In a letter posted on the website for his Family Radio, Camping says his previous proclamations were “incorrect and sinful.”
“We were even so bold as to insist that the Bible guaranteed that Christ would return on May 21 and that the true believers would be raptured,” he said, according to the Daily Mail. But he insists that his and his followers’ embarrassment was for the best. “This incorrect and sinful statement allowed God to get the attention of a great many people who otherwise would not have paid attention.”
What Camping fails to mention in his letter, however, is that he’s a serial false prophet: in addition to his erroneous 2011 predictions, Camping claimed in May of 1988 and September of 1994 that Jesus was en route to rout out the unworthy. So, what lesson do we learn here? Don’t believe and follow batty preachers who claim the world is going to end, because it won’t and you’ll look like an asshole, just like this guy: