Don’t you just hate when you predict the end of the world and get the dates mixed up?
That’s what happened to poor Harold Camping, the 89-year-old leader of the Christian fundamentalist network Family Radio Worldwide, when he predicted the world would end on May 21st, a date that has now come and gone.
The radio host made his first appearance Monday night after the apocalypse failed to come to fruition, and stated, “The first question is ‘Camping, what about you? Are you ready to shoot yourself or go on a booze trip or whatever?'”
Apparently not, because Camping made an oopsie! It seems that the rapture Camping spent millions promoting, and the earthquake he predicted would take place, actually did happen— just not in a physical way.
After praying all night on Saturday, the answer came to him. You see, Camping had been “looking at the Bible too earthly… when the Bible is a very spiritual book.” He then stated, “We were convinced that on May 21, God would return in a very physical way by bringing in an earthquake and ushering the final five months of judgement. When we look at it spiritually, we find that he did come.”
Oh, wait, he did come? Just not in a way that any of us can see, hear, or feel? Gee, why didn’t we think of that!
“We have not made a mistake insofar as the timeline,” Camping said. “We’re not going to pass out any more tracts. We’re not going to put up any more billboards— in fact they’re coming down right now… The world has been warned. The world is under judgment… We’re just learning we have to look at all of this more spiritual [sic]. But it won’t be spiritual on October 21.”
Ah, I see, God is spiritually judging us for the next five months. And then on October 21st he’ll come out of hiding and smite us all!