Harold Camping Says End did come May 21, spiritually; Predicts New Date: October 21
May 24, 2011 1:47 PM EST
The Harold Camping saga continues.
The man who offset the May 21 end-of-the-world hype has made a new prediction for rapture day: October 21.
Camping spoke for the first time since May 21, the day the world was supposed to end. When nothing happened, the public eagerly waited to hear what Camping would have to say.
Camping was not apologetic and continues to insist that his predictions were right all along, only that his interpretation was more literal when it should have been spiritual.
Judgment Day indeed came, but in a spiritual sense, and it is not to be taken literally.
"On May 21, this last weekend, this is where the spiritual aspect of it really comes through. God again brought judgment on the world. We didn't see any difference but God brought Judgment Day to bear upon the whole world. The whole world is under Judgment Day and it will continue right up until Oct. 21, 2011 and by that time the whole world will be destroyed," stated Camping.
"I can tell you very candidly that when May 21 came and went, it was a very difficult time for me, a very difficult time. I was wondering, 'What is going on?'"
Camping's conclusion to the "failed" rapture is that he had been not been focusing on the Bible spiritually.
"The Bible is a very spiritual book. There are a lot of things that are very factual, very factual, of course, but there are a lot of things that are very spiritual. How to know whether to look at it with a spiritual understanding or a factual understanding is hard to know," said Camping.
"The fact is when we look at it more spiritually then we find that He did come."
According to Camping, the doomsday date is October 21, 2011.
On May 21, "God brought Judgment Day to the whole world. The whole world is on Judgment Day. It will continue to Oct. 21, 2011 and at that time the whole world will be destroyed."
Camping's statement was broadcast live at 5:30 PT during the Family Radio's "Open Forum" program and by television on KFTL Channel 28.
Press members sat inside the Family Radio Office based in Oakland, CA and listened as Camping delivered his statement and answered question.
Camping broke down the dates, saying they were all fulfilled: May 21, 1988, judgment came upon the churches; Sept. 7, 1994, judgment continued on the churches; then on May 21, 2011, judgment came upon the entire world.
"We are not changing the dates at all. We are just looking at it a little more spiritually but it won't be spiritual on Oct. 21 because the Bible teaches the world will be destroyed altogether. But it will be very quick," said Camping.
While Camping admitted that he was "wrong" in his interpretation of the spiritual aspect of May 21, he refused to accept fault for the timeline of his doomsday predictions.
"We have not made a mistake as so far as the timeline, the unfolding," he said.
"I don't have any responsibility. I don't have any responsibility of anybody's life. I'm only teaching the Bible. I'm simply saying, 'This is what the Bible says.'"
Camping also took no responsibility for those who gave up everything based on his predictions.
"We at Family Radio never tell anyone what [to] do with their possessions. That's totally between them and God," he said.
Camping said he will not sell any of his possessions before the new October date, as he still needed a place to live and bills to pay until then.
"Whenever Christ comes, whatever I have left, I will just leave it behind," he said. "Until then, I still need to live."
When pressed by a reporter, Camping did offer a half-hearted apology.
"If people want me to apologize then I can apologize, yes. I did not have all of that worked out as I wished I had it. But it doesn't bother me at all because I'm not a genius. When I make an error, I say, 'Yes, I was wrong.' I said that already," said the Family Radio president.
When asked if Family Radio will return the money to donors, Camping responded "No, that money is still going out. We're still in business. We still have another five months," said Camping.