Harold Camping Reschedules the Rapture


It’s been an embarrassing few days for 89-year-old Harold Camping, who had been so sure that the Rapture would happen on May 21 that when it didn’t — or didn’t seem to, to anyone’s apparent vision, anyway — he was utterly “flabbergasted” and felt just terrible. But Camping seems to have bounced back, or at least is putting up a good show (and that’s really what we want from him, no?). Now he says that actually he was wrong about May 21. Or, sort of wrong.

The New York Times reports that Camping has decided “May 21 had been ‘an invisible judgment day,’ of the spiritual variety, rather than his original vision of earthquakes and other disasters leading to five months of hell on earth, culminating in a spectacular doomsday on October 21 — something he had repeatedly guaranteed.” So, there you go. Save the date for the revised Rapture on October 21, keeping in mind, of course, that Camping has now been wrong twice, including when he predicted that the end of the world would take place in 1994.

However, Camping may be as tired of all these predictions as the rest of us. The Times also reports he said this would be his last interview, because “The world has been warned,” and “We don’t have to talk about this anymore.”

Just so you know: His company won’t buy billboards to promote October 21 — nor will they return donations given by his followers prior to the May 21 prediction. You’re on your own, kids.

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