I’ve always wondered about people who make huge claims in order to garner the attention of the world, What makes them do things like that? Why are they making outrageous claims about things in which they probably know little about, lets take the most recent events for instance.
Harold Camping, an 89 year old Preacher and owner of “FamilyRadio”. He is a multi-millionaire and has hundreds of employees at his radio station. He could have easily retired and just existed somewhere in California… Apparently that just wouldn’t work for this douche. Instead he starts telling people that being a member (or going for that fact) of a church just isn’t needed and that baptism is completely pointless. To top it off, he is a “Hell Fire and Brimstone” kind of Preacher, so he scares the shit out of the people he preaches to, old west style.
Camping presented several numerological arguments, or biblical “proofs”, in favor of the May 21 end time. A civil engineer by training, Camping stated he had attempted to work out mathematically-based prophecies in the Bible for decades. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle he explained “… I was an engineer, I was very interested in the numbers. I’d wonder, ‘Why did God put this number in, or that number in?’ It was not a question of unbelief, it was a question of, ‘There must be a reason for it.’ ”
In 1970 Camping dated the Great Flood to 4990 BC. Using this date, taking the statement in Genesis 7:4 (“Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth”) to be a prediction of the end of the world, and combining it with 2 Peter 3:8 (“With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”), Camping concludes that the end of the world will occur in 2011, 7000 years from 4990 BC. Camping takes the 17th day of the second month mentioned in Genesis 7:11 to be May 21, and hence predicts the rapture to occur on this date.
Another argument that Camping used in favor of the May 21 date is as follows:
- The number five equals “atonement”, the number ten equals “completeness”, and the number seventeen equals “heaven”.
- Christ is said to have hung on the cross on April 1, 33 AD. The time between April 1, 33 AD and April 1, 2011 is 1,978 years.
- If 1,978 is multiplied by 365.2422 days (the number of days in a solar, as distinct from lunar, year), the result is 722,449.
- The time between April 1 and May 21 is 51 days.
- 51 added to 722,449 is 722,500.
- (5 × 10 × 17)2 or (atonement × completeness × heaven)2 also equals 722,500.
Camping said that 5 × 10 × 17 is telling us a “story from the time Christ made payment for our sins until we’re completely saved.”
Camping was not precise about the exact timing of the event, saying that “maybe” we can know the hour. He has suggested that “days” in the Bible refer to daylight hours particularly. Another account said the “great earthquake” which signals the start of the Rapture would “start in the Pacific Rim at around the 6 p.m. local time hour, in each time zone.”
In Camping’s book 1994?, self-published in 1992, he predicted that the End Times would come in September 1994 (variously reported as September 4 or September 6). When the Rapture failed to occur on the appointed day, Camping said he had made a mathematical error.
On May 19, 2011, the search term “end of the world may 21st” reached second position on Google Trends, based on the popularity of the search term in the United States. The related searches “Harold Camping“, “May 21 doomsday”, and “May 21 rapture” were also represented among the top 10 positions.
So… Basically he was the kid that cried wolf a few too many times, just on a big larger stage. I’m thinking he should just be put in a rubber room and medicated until his death.
I doubt he will ever accept that he failed and admit he is a false prophet, he will just blame this one a mathematical error and try again at some later date.
Thanks for reading. Portions of this blog entry were found on Wikipedia. (Don’t sue me, I gave credit where it was due.)