Harold Camping's New Rapture Forecast: October 21st

Proven wrong, the elderly Family Radio pastor decides to give it another go

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And, he decided to give it another go: on Monday night, in his first radio broadcast since his May 21 prophecy proved a bust, Harold Camping conceded he didn't plot his rapture prediction "as accurately as I could have." But, nevertheless, the elderly pastor rejiggered his apocalyptic calculations for five months from now: October 21st. So, look forward to rehashed Camping coverage beginning two weeks prior to the next non-event.

Here's how he nonsensically noted the error (more on his math here), narrated by the Associated Press:

May 21 had instead been a "spiritual" Judgment Day, which places the entire world under Christ's judgment, he said...But because God's judgment and salvation were completed on Saturday, there's no point in continuing to warn people about it, so his network will now just play Christian music and programs until the final end on Oct. 21.

If you caught the "there's no point in continuing to warn" part of the explanation, it could be taken as a sign there won't be a huge billboard campaign for the next apocalyptic extravaganza. That would be nice, and also good news for the followers who have been footing the advertising bills. It also fits in with a conspicuous scrubbing of the Family Radio website after May 21st, when "Blow the Trumpet" rhetoric was replaced by a space-and-scroll themed redesign that downplayed the judgment day talk. It won't, however, make those who quit their jobs, maxed out their credit cards or gave away their life savings feel any better.

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