“Give me a day, no interviews at all today. Sorry. You know this is a big deal, big deal, and I’ve got to live with it and I’ve got to think it out. So no interview,” said Camping, who looked tired and dazed. (here)
Harold Camping, the California preacher who became omnipresent in the publicity blitz over his prediction of the end of the world, today was nowhere to be found after it became clear that the Rapture wasn’t happening. (here)
Duh… wouldn’t you go hiding too when you know that lots of people will now turn around and either sue you or try to take matter in to their own hands?
Keith Bauer, a tractor-trailer driver and Camping follower, said “I was hoping for it because I think heaven would be a lot better than this earth.”
He said “I had some skepticism but I was trying to push the skepticism away because I believe in God,” reported MSNBC.
Robert Fitzpatrick of Staten Island, New York, famously spent his life-savings to finance a massive ad campaign for the ‘Doomsday ‘message.
As the clock ticked towards 6 p.m. local time on May 21st 2011 – which Camping predicted to be the beginning of ‘Doomsday’ – Fitzpatrick waited expectantly at Time Square, New York City. While he waited, he was surrounded by revelers and mockers.
When ‘Doomsday’ failed to materialize, Fitzpatrick was stunned.
“I don’t understand why nothing is happening. It’s not a mistake. I did what I had to do. I did what the Bible said,” he said, reported New York Post. (here)
No, Keith, you don’t believe in God. You believed in Harold Camping. But this is what we will hear from many of them… they will blame God.
I’m sick, most likely a superflu. This is the second time in under a week that I’ve been ill. This time, it is much worse.
I blame my wife, who had to sleep with the window open. That’s how they were able to inject me with the experimental superbug aerosol . Actually, I don’t mean to say ‘they.’ Do doubt, it was Jim West.
Refresh the page until the live stream starts… This is the livestream of Harold Camping’s Rapture Wave (TM) which is to hit the East Coast of the United States at any moment (6pm). Many have given up hope. Will you?
This is now a video of the live stream…. Joel has left, among the millions, hundreds of millions, of people raptured – minion.
“Suppose there are prophets among you or those who dream dreams about the future, and they promise you signs or miracles, and the predicted signs or miracles occur. If they then say, ‘Come, let us worship other gods’– gods you have not known before– do not listen to them. The LORD your God is testing you to see if you truly love him with all your heart and soul. Serve only the LORD your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. The false prophets or visionaries who try to lead you astray must be put to death, for they encourage rebellion against the LORD your God, who redeemed you from slavery and brought you out of the land of Egypt. Since they try to lead you astray from the way the LORD your God commanded you to live, you must put them to death. In this way you will purge the evil from among you. (Deu 13:1-5 NLT)
I say proof-text because this was about a political rebellion against God, because you know, Deuteronomy was a vassalage treaty with YHWH. Worshiping other gods amounted to treason.
Yet, what is Harold doing? Harold is leading people away from God. When they, who have invested so much into their worldview, and it comes crashing down around them…. guess what…
Evans and his colleagues with the California-based network seem to be clinging to shreds of hope that their Judgment Day prophecy will materialize, even though their proclaimed 6 p.m. local time deadline has come and gone for New Zealand, Australia and other nations in that region of the globe — with no earthquakes, no raptures reported.
“We’re waiting patiently for the day to be completed and see what happens,” he said from his home in California.
But Evans added that once we reach midnight local time in the holy city of Jerusalem — about four hours away as I type this, unless like Family Radio I’ve miscalculated — he will be ready to concede that today’s rapture is a bust.
I tend to think that Camping may claim a miscalculation.
But, I also worry that with Camping having invested so much into this, that he may not make it through the evening. It does happen, you know. If this happens, his followers will claim that he sacrificed himself or some such nonsense.
But one thing can be assured – Camping will not be honest.
What do you think will be the excuse…. if the rapture (which is non-biblical to start with) doesn’t happen this evening?
Obviously, 80% of his employees think he is…. or maybe 80% of his employees are sinners or Baptists….
But not even all of his own employees are convinced that the world is ending on Saturday. In fact, many still plan on showing up at work on Monday.
“I don’t believe in any of this stuff that’s going on, and I plan on being here next week,” a receptionist at their Oakland headquarters told CNNMoney.
A program producer in Illinois told us, “We’re going to continue doing what we’re doing.” (here)
Let me be honest… I have a difficult time finding pity for Camping or his ardent followers. All camping is doing is creating angry-fundie-atheists and making a mockery out of the true hope of the Christian.
That’s right – as I have a self-hosted wordpress blog, I will be living streaming the event, as it happens, from high atop Charleston, West Virginia at the Spring Hill Cemetery which overlooks the city… I will begin a few minutes before and it will run until after the main event at 6pm eastern.
So, tune in here (link will be active tomorrow) and you will see the event.