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TGIF? End Of World Arrives Friday

The end is near, again, probably. So get ready, maybe. Harold Camping, the 90-year-old radio host who famously predicted the world would end last May on the 21st, has confirmed that he believes the world will now end Friday, “probably.” After God failed to deliver on the appointed date last spring, Camping, facing mockery from the press and crushing disappointment and anger from his followers, quickly produced a revision to his predication, setting the new, for-real-this-time, date of Oct. 21. According to his revised explanation, the “spiritual rapture” did indeed occur on May 21, but the actual end-of-the-world rapture will occur Friday. Conveniently, the spiritual rapture passed virtually undetected to all but Camping/Abby Ohlheiser, Slatest. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Are you ready for the big day tomorrow?

New Acopalypse Date: Next Friday

In case you missed it the first time around, doomsday prophet Harold Camping is now predicting that we have one week left to get our house in order. Camping? He's the 90YO preacher & radio host that warned the world was coming to an end May 21. Or not. Billy Hallowell/The Blaze reports that Camping is sticking to his latest prediction for the acopalypse: Oct. 21. Next Friday. Quoth Hallowell: “After making his initial failed prediction, then following up on it with his new, five-month timeline, you may recall that Camping suffered a stroke. Despite his ongoing recovery, Camping is still repeating his claim that calamity is on the way.” More here. (AP file photo of Harold Camping) H/T: Dustin Hurst.

Question: How much longer do you think the world has?

Rapture: Oct. 21 Now Day For Liftoff

The end is still near, radio preacher Harold Camping said in a broadcast Monday night, but the world will be around until Oct. 21. Camping, the 89-year-old East Bay preacher who gained international fame with his prediction that the rapture would come at 6 p.m. Saturday, said that he misinterpreted the Bible and that May 21 was not really the end of the world but the spiritual beginning of the physical end. “Were not changing a date at all; we're just learning that we have to be a little more spiritual about this,” he said in a rambling 90-minute radio broadcast that was part sermon, part press conference. “But on Oct. 21, the world will be destroyed. It won't be five months of destruction. It will come at once”/San Francisco Chronicle. More here. (Photo: Associated Press)

Question: How should Camping have spun his botched May 21 prophecy?

End Notes: Not-So-Good To Go

The end of the world, predicted by preacher Harold Camping, must be set for another day: we're still here. But we had fun with the pretend possibilities!  The Baltimore Sun published a Q and A with must I return my library books or will I be able to take them with me? questions.  A colleague, citing my theology degree, figured I would be a goner. But I was confident that this final exam was probably not predicated on graduate papers. Still, she wanted me to put in a good word for her about purgatory.  I asked if she wanted purgatory to be her destination or did she need an exit strategy?  She wrote: “If there’s any question that I’ll go DIRECTLY to heaven then I’m willing to do time in purgatory (to get there)/Rebecca Nappi, End Notes. More here.

Question: If the Rapture had happened late Saturday afternoon, as advertised by Harold Camping, who do you think would have been most likely to go? Why?

Local Doomsday Follower Apologizes

As reported in the Spokane Examiner, Matt Ivers, of Potlatch, one of the individuals who predicted that the world would end at 6 o'clock Saturday, issued this apology to “Dear Friends” on his Facebook page:

I would like to humbly apologize to any of you who I have told that May 21, 2011 is judgment day and that there would be a great earthquake on that day. Obviously, that did not take place on that day as many have predicted. I am very sorry for wrongly teaching that and it is in my best and sincere interest to not mislead, frustrate, or lie to anyone. I hope that you can forgive me and that we can all grow spiritually from this lesson.

You can read the rest of the Spokane Examiner report here.

Question: Do you think the world will literally end in your lifetime?

Rapture? What A Boring Ending — Clark

A pile of clothes is left on a sidewalk on Saturday on 25th Avenue Northeast in Seattle's Wedgewood neighborhood. The beginning of the end of the world was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday (PDT). Radio minister Harold Camping has advertised the rapture with billboards and a media campaign. Some have poked fun at the prediction with parties and pranks, such as this pile of clothes and sign.  (AP Photo/, Joshua Trujillo)

To quote Barry Manilow, “Looks like we made it!” If you’re reading this then it’s a fairly good indicator that the world did not end Saturday as predicted by a group of sincere religious people with cornmeal for brains. Whew. I was actually a little worried. The end of the world could have put a serious kink in our newspaper delivery system. I’m betting these doom-and-gloom dipsticks have already come up with the Big Excuse for what went wrong. The Almighty changed His mind, say. The dog ate my Leviticus … I’ll tell you what the basic flaw was. That dummy Harold Camping dared to put a date on his prophecy/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Anyone you know missing now?

Doomsdayers: World Ends Today

The end of the world is (today), according to California minister Harold Camping (pictured), who says his calculations, based on an intricate Biblical timeline, tells him that May 21, 2011, is the day the world comes to a screeching halt. Matt Ivers believes it.”I quit my job about two months ago,” Ivers says. “I wanted to prepare and preach about it.” Ivers is a University of Idaho graduate, a smart man, and he says he's studied the Bible and he believes Camping's claims.”Its really the Bible saying and declaring its May 21st,” he says. Ivers is now standing on Spokane street corners sharing the good news, or bad news, depending on how you look at it/McKay Allen, KXLY. More here.

Question: Had you heard of the religious term “Rapture” before this hubbub began?

CdA Warned Of Judgment Day

A California man predicting Saturday will be the end of the world is spreading his controversial message across the country including right here in the Inland Northwest. Harold Camping is a retired civil engineer and runs of one of the largest Christian radio networks in the world, Family Radio. Camping said he came up with May 21st as Judgment Day based off a series of calculations using biblical numbers. Camping also predicted the world was coming to an end in 1994. On Thursday, three of Camping's followers were in Coeur d'Alene holding signs warning and preparing people for the end of the world.”I just know it's going to happen Saturday,” said Paul Ivanov, as he stood on the corner of Appleway and Highway 95. “I know we have a day and a half left”/Annie Bishop, KXLY. More here.  (KXLY photo)

Question: Do you believe the world will end some day as a result of some sort of catalysmic event?

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