17 December 2013

Doomsday Prophet Harold Camping Dies at 92

Harold Camping, the controversial radio preacher best known for his false and failing prophecies regarding the rapture of the church and the end of the world, died Sunday at his home according to a statement released by Family Radio. He was 92.

The official statement reads in part:
Yesterday, Sunday, December 15th, at around 5:30 p.m., Harold Camping passed on to glory and is now rejoicing with his beloved Savior! 
On Saturday, November 30th, Mr. Camping sustained a fall in his home, and he was not able to recover from his injuries. He passed away peacefully in his home, with his family at his side.
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Camping first predicted the end of the world in 1994. He last made headlines in 2011 when he declared that "Judgment Day" would arrive on May 21 of that year, and further announced that the world would come to an end the following October 21. Camping suffered a stroke in June 2011, but when both doomsday dates came and went without fulfillment, Camping "confessed, after decades of falsely misleading his followers, that he was wrong and regrets his misdeeds," according to a report issued at the time by The Christian Post, though others who examined Camping's statement argued that it was not an apology. This was followed by an official statement released by Family Radio in March 2012 "calling [Camping's] prediction 'sinful' and saying his critics were right in stating that no one knows the date of Christ's second coming." In spite of this, Baptist Press reported that many of Harold Camping's followers continued to search for the date of the Lord's return.

Following the failed 2011 prophecies, Religion News Service reports that Family Radio "sold its prominent stations and laid off staffers, with assets dropping from $135 million in 2007 to $29.2 million in 2011."

It is not known whether Harold Camping was brought to true repentance and faith in Jesus Christ before his death, though many would rejoice if it were so. May Christians take this opportunity to remember in prayer those who still are blindly imprisoned by these false teachings.

Further Reading
Beth Moore's 'Twelfth Month Redemption'
Of Mefferd and Driscoll and Integrity
Scared Millennials, 'Churchy' Phrases, and Authority

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