Harold Camping, radio host who predicted world’s end, dies at 92

(RNS) California radio evangelist Harold Camping said the world will end on May 21, 2011 -- a figure he based, in part, on when he believes Noah entered the ark. RNS file photo by Kimberly Winston.

(RNS) Harold Camping, the radio preacher who convinced thousands of followers that Jesus would return on May 21, 2011, to usher in the end of the the world, has died, according to a statement released late Monday (Dec. 16) by his Family Radio network. He was 92.

(RNS) California radio evangelist Harold Camping said the world will end on May 21, 2011 -- a figure he based, in part, on when he believes Noah entered the ark. RNS file photo by Kimberly Winston.

(RNS) California radio evangelist Harold Camping said the world would end on May 21, 2011 — a date he based, in part, on when he believes Noah entered the ark. RNS file photo by Kimberly Winston

Camping died Sunday evening, an employee at Family Radio confirmed. He had fallen at his home on Nov. 30 and had been in weak health due to a stroke since 2011.

Camping first predicted Jesus’ return in 1994, but his most recent forecasts gained national attention through advertisements and the Family Radio network of stations he founded. He warned that “judgment day” would occur in May 2011 and said the world would end in October 2011.

When his prophecies turned out to be false, he declared in March 2012 that his May 21 prediction had been “incorrect and sinful” and said his ministry would get out of the predictions business.

The ministry sold its prominent stations and laid off staffers, with assets dropping from $135 million in 2007 to $29.2 million in 2011.

Pressed by reporters after his May 21 prediction failed to materialize, Camping said he had miscalculated — it must be Oct. 21, he said. “I’m not a genius,” he said. “I pray all the time for wisdom.”

Starting in the 1950s, Camping broadcast his views via Family Radio, a global network of Christian stations for which he served as unpaid president and primary on-air talent. His teachings aired worldwide five nights a week via “Open Forum,” a call-in show that draws listeners as far away as China and Ghana.

“Thank you for calling ‘Open Forum,’ ” Camping said countless times in his trademark baritone, “and shall we take our next call, please?”

Camping was once well-regarded in among evangelicals, both for his encyclopedic knowledge of Scripture and his radio network. But in the late 1980s, when he began teaching that churches had strayed from the Bible embracing a false doctrine, he lost much previous support.

He also discouraged his listeners from joining a church, saying modern churches were heretical and that the “church age” had ended as the end of the world was near. He had no formal religious training beyond his tattered copies of the King James Version of the Bible and couldn’t read or speak Greek, Hebrew or Jesus’ native Aramaic.

(RNS2-APR25) Bob James of Morristown, N.J., organized a grass roots campaign to fund billboards about a pending judgment day on May 21, 2011. For use with RNS-MAY21-DOOMSDAY, transmitted April 25, 2011. RNS photo by Noah K. Murray/The Star Ledger.

Bob James of Morristown, N.J., organized a grass-roots campaign to fund billboards about a pending judgment day on May 21, 2011. RNS photo by Noah K. Murray/The Star Ledger

His 2011 prophecy got widespread attention, including “Rapture Parties” hosted by atheists who wanted to “ridicule and poke fun at the fools.” It gave one man the opportunity to create a fake business that offered to care for the pets of believers swept up by the Rapture.

His March 2012 statement, which in many ways amounted to the final time many people heard from Camping, expressed regret for the predictions, which had led many followers to sell all their possessions in anticipation of the end of the world.

Camping said people continued to wish for another prediction, but he had become convinced that critics were correct about the biblical admonition that “of that day and hour knoweth no man.”

“We must also openly acknowledge that we have no new evidence pointing to another date for the end of the world,” he wrote at the time. “Though many dates are circulating, Family Radio has no interest in even considering another date.”

Camping is survived by his wife of 71 years, the statement says.


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  • This man was not right about the end of the world, and the coming of Jesus, but he did manage to enlightien some and save souls from enteral damnation in the process imo, Rest in peace and in God’s love, Sir.

  • I can’t find any reference to his death outside of the email allegedly sent by his organization. None of the major media has picked up on this.

  • Through God’s grace he repented of his sin of predicting the end time, which scripture says we cannot know. This is very joyful to hear, as it led many people astray by moving their focus for Christ crucified who redeems them to live a Christian life here on earth, by focusing them on the end of the world. If we live a Christian life, we will be prepared for the end of the world and Jesus coming again, whenever that will be. Evangelization is what is important, so all the world is ready to greet the King when he comes again in glory. Holiness must be our goal in this earthly kingdom.

  • Well, The End Of The World came for Mr Camping on 16th December 2013. May God have mercy on his soul.

    He will take all the good deeds he did while on earth with him, praise the Lord. He will have to be squeezed through the eye of a needle to arrive in Heaven, without his wealth, hope he was able to let it go in time and not cling to it.

    Oh! Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I entrust the soul of Mr Camping to Your eternal, Divine care. Amen

  • So what good works did he actually do?

    I know he made millions by inspiring fear of Armageddon to gullible people. That is a major accomplishment in the field of flim-flam.

  • Too bad he didn’t bother to give money back from all the people he bilked with such predictions. I guess being square with God is much easier than actually being contrite to the people you harm.

  • Apocalypticism is an extremely dangerous world view that is often used by cult leaders to manipulate followers with fear, the better to control them. It does not matter how many times their predictions and prophecies fail. They simply revise their own history of failure and continue to predict new dates. This is common to all apocalyptic groups. Two that come to mind are the Jehovah’s Witnesses and The Family International, formerly the Children of God. Leaders of both cults have falsely predicted specific dates for when Jesus would return, and both revised those predictions when they failed, just like Harold Camping did.

    The Family International has a history predicting Jesus’ return and instilling fear into children with their doomsday message. See this article “Novelist describes how she survived childhood of abuse and neglect growing up in The Family International, aka, Children of God” for example:

  • Harold Camping was a generous guy who propped up Family Radio during its lean years with money he made from his real estate development company. An employer did NOT have to be a believer to work for Family Radio. He was known to be generous to his staff, including giving a paid leave of absence to people who were too sick to work for extended periods of time.

    Think of him what you will, but Harold Camping had far more good qualities than bad. He also said that he would never sell his stations to any other Jesuscaster because he felt they were charlatans.

  • I was inspired by the notion of a fake business that offered to care for the pets of believers who were swept up by the Rapture: a post-rapture lawn-care business that would take care of the lawns of raptured believers so that those left behind weren’t afflicted with lowered property values. I would call it “Tribulation Lawn Care,” and its motto would be “Just because you’re going to hell doesn’t mean that your raptured neighbors’ lawns have to too!”

  • There is only one church established by Christ Himself that not only put the bible together..but was given sole authority on all matters regarding scripture and tradition..managed by mere men..but in regards to the deposit of faith and teachings as given by Christ Jesus.guided by the Holy Spirit..and promised that the gates of hell shall never prevail against it…people like Camping and all these thousands of other so called “bible”churches are not what God intended..Jesus foresaw what would happen..this is why His prayer that we all become He and the Father are one is still waiting to be fullfilled. False prophets..beware anyone who claims to know the hour and the day..the world does end everyday for somebody..the imporatant thing is to be prepared to meet the Lord by how you live and conduct yourselves.

  • May God bless the family and followers of Harold Camping with grace and peace. For those who believe in a coming rapture or who still have not received the truth about the almost 2,000 year old church of Jesus Christ, I would strongly recommend: Catholic Answers has the world’s second most active catholic website, after the Vatican’s ( Jesus knew that an infallible Bible needed an infallible teacher. He gave the apostles and their successors (bishops) his authority to teach, govern, and sanctify in his name. The historically recognized successors, theologians, and apologists following Christ and his apostles confirm all the distinctive teachings of the Catholic Church. Meet the early Church Fathers, men like: Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus of Lyons. Their short pastoral letters are available online ( God bless!

  • The very serious problem with Christians making “end of world” or “judgement day” predictions such as the one Mr Camping made is that when the dates inevitably come and go, it makes all Christians look like a bunch of fools and wackos, and it does a great deal of damage to Christianity and the Truth of the Gospel and faith in Jesus.

    If you want the fullness of the Truth as revealed by Christ, then one must go to the Church that He founded on Peter and the Apostles 2000 years ago–the Catholic Church.
    “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church” (Matt 3:16).

    -Glenn Dallaire
    Host of the “Mystics of the Church” website-

  • I’m just wondering if, by your statement above, are you saying you don’t believe in the Biblical prophecy regarding the “end” of this system of things? If you do believe that at some point in the future the system “as we know it” will end, why is this admission “an extremely dangerous world view”? True the Bible says NO ONE KNOWS the day or hour (and we shouldn’t try to guess) but believing it’s coming and warning people to “be ready” seems like a humane and reasonable thing to do… just saying…

  • I was raised a Catholic… I never knew the REAL AND TRUE history of the Catholic church until I grew up and researched it for myself… THE BIBLE nor JESUS ever appointed bishops or popes or any other “leader”. Matthew 23:1-10 states clearly: 1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying: 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the seat of Moses. 3 Therefore all the things they tell YOU, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds, for they say but do not perform. 4 They bind up heavy loads and put them upon the shoulders of men, but they themselves are not willing to budge them with their finger. 5 All the works they do they do to be viewed by men; for they broaden the [scripture-containing] cases that they wear as safeguards, and enlarge the fringes [of their garments]. 6 They like the most prominent place at evening meals and the front seats in the synagogues, 7 and the greetings in the marketplaces and to be called Rabbi by men. 8 But YOU, do not YOU be called Rabbi, for one is YOUR teacher, whereas all YOU are brothers. 9 Moreover, do not call anyone YOUR father on earth, for one is YOUR Father, the heavenly One. 10 Neither be called ‘leaders,’ for YOUR Leader is one, the Christ. The Catholic church wasn’t officially “established” until pagan Roman emperor Constantine called the already apostate “church fathers” to the council of Nicaea in 325 AD. ( This apostacy was foretold by Paul himself at 2 Thessalonians 2:3-11. I suggest you read this passage and also look at world and church history and ask yourself if things like “The Inquisition” and torture and killing in the name of God sounds like things “the church of Christ” would be guilty of…

  • Dear CMR, Thank you for your reply! I have seriously read everything you have recommended. Matthew (chapter) 23 contains several popular “gotcha” verses that have been used to witness to countless unprepared Catholics. Your quotation is almost identical to the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (2013 Revision) found at I’m guessing you’re now a Jehovah’s Witness. It is my hope and prayer that you openly seek a faithful Catholic response to your unanswered concerns about Catholicism. Briefly, my suggestions are: 1) Find the search box at (Catholic Answers) and enter: “Calling Priests Father”, “Inquisition”, “Constantine Has Been Beaten to Death”, “the authority of the pope”, “Jehovah’s Witnesses”, 2) Look up Matthew 23:2 in several Protestant translations at Your translation says, “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the seat of Moses.” I think that implies that the men sitting on Moses’ seat in Jesus’ day had no real authority from God and contradicts verse 3 where Jesus commands his followers to do and observe all the things they tell you to do. The Protestant translations I found say the scribes and Pharisees sit on (or in) the seat of Moses, implying they have real authority from heaven. 3) Reread your own recommended Wikipedia article, “First Council of Nicaea”, and 4) Please try to understand that there has been a huge distortion of history, especially about the teachings of Christ and his Catholic Church. The literature of anti-Catholic publishers like the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania have printed many (grossly) distorted articles about the Catholic Church. I have personally read many of them and had long, charitable discussions with Witnesses at my door. God bless you and give you peace.

  • Jesus was speaking self-referentially here (Mt. 16:18, by the way), as he often did, metaphorically, in the third person(“Destroy this Temple…”, John 2:19). The context, beginning in verse-13 and ending at vs. 20, is all about Jesus-His power and authority. You have to ignore the rest of scripture- “…that Rock was Christ.” (1 Cor.10:4); “…Christ himself being the chief corner stone (of the Temple)…” (Eph. 2:20); and many other places that refer to Jesus as both The Rock as well as The Cornerstone on which the church is founded.
    For political reasons Catholicism reinstalled all the priestly bureaucracy between God and man that Jesus came to abolish. Rather than rightly dividing the word- allowing the Bible to be it’s own interpreter, alone and in it’s entirety, Catholics rely on the traditions of men and are led astray.

  • Wish I could convince you to study at least one book with The Shepherd’s Chapel to see how scripture should be taught- line by line, precept upon precept. You seem sincere enough to possibly come to a right understanding. They come on early in the morning on cable here.
    I would encourage anyone who reads this to as well.
    The following is a response to G. D. on a chief stumbling block for Catholics:
    Jesus was speaking self-referentially here (Mt. 16:18, by the way), as he often did, metaphorically, in the third person(“Destroy this Temple…”, John 2:19). The context, beginning in verse-13 and ending at vs. 20, is all about Jesus-His power and authority. You have to ignore the rest of scripture- “…that Rock was Christ.” (1 Cor.10:4); “…Christ himself being the chief corner stone (of the Temple)…” (Eph. 2:20); and many other places that refer to Jesus as both The Rock as well as The Cornerstone on which the church is founded.
    For political reasons Catholicism reinstalled all the priestly bureaucracy between God and man that Jesus came to abolish. Rather than rightly dividing the word- allowing the Bible to be it’s own interpreter, alone and in it’s entirety, Catholics rely on the traditions of men and are led astray.
    Camping’s error was believing that because Satan’s spirit is in the world competing with God’s for the hearts and minds of men that the Antichrist had, in effect, already come. That threw his understanding of the timetable off. He/many forgot that Satan has a localized body presently bound up in the pit-Tartarus (behind the throne) since the crucifixion. When the attempt to form a global social-welfare state under man collapses (the 1st Beast of Rv. 13:1), followed by a worldwide economic depression, Satan will get booted out of heaven bodily onto the earth- at the 6th Trump, 6th seal, and 6th vial of wrath poured out (666). He’ll pretend to be the returning Christ [(“…Satan himself is transformed into- The Messenger of Light.”)II Cor. 11:14], “anti-” carries the idea of substituting for, or, in place of.
    It’s likely this will take place in 2018 which is the 70th yr. since the creation of the state of Israel. Since there are 3 yardsticks for a generation- 40, 70, 120, this will seem to add credence to his claim (Mt. 24:33-35). The world situation is such that economic collapse is pretty much assured within the next few years.
    “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (2 1/2 mo. between May-Sept.)
    As for Jesus’ return I’d say 2068 or there abouts, for the above reason.

  • How can a person know which religion is right?
    (1) On what are its teachings based? Are they from God, or are they largely from men? (2 Tim. 3:16; Mark 7:7) Ask, for example: Where does the Bible teach that God is a Trinity? Where does it say that the human soul is immortal?
    (2) Consider whether it is making known the name of God. Jesus said in prayer to God: “I have made your name manifest to the men you gave me out of the world.” (John 17:6) He declared: “It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.” (Matt. 4:10) Has your religion taught you that ‘it is Jehovah you must worship’? Have you come to know the Person identified by that name—his purposes, his activities, his qualities—so that you feel you can confidently draw close to him?
    (3) Is true faith in Jesus Christ being demonstrated? This involves appreciation of the value of the sacrifice of Jesus’ human life and of his position today as heavenly King. (John 3:36; Ps. 2:6-8) Such appreciation is shown by obeying Jesus—sharing personally and zealously in the work that he assigned to his followers. True religion has such faith that is accompanied by works.—Jas. 2:26.
    (4) Is it largely ritualistic, a formality, or is it a way of life? God strongly disapproves of religion that is merely a formalism. (Isa. 1:15-17) True religion upholds the Bible’s standard of morality and clean speech instead of weakly going along with popular trends. (1 Cor. 5:9-13; Eph. 5:3-5) Its members reflect the fruits of God’s spirit in their lives. (Gal. 5:22, 23) So, those who adhere to true worship can be identified because they sincerely endeavor to apply Bible standards in their lives not only at their places of meeting but in their family life, at their secular work, in school, and in recreation.
    (5) Do its members truly love one another? Jesus said: “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love among yourselves.” (John 13:35) Such love reaches across racial, social, and national boundaries, drawing people together in genuine brotherhood. So strong is this love that it sets them apart as being truly different. When the nations go to war, who have enough love for their Christian brothers in other lands that they refuse to take up arms and kill them? That is what early Christians did.
    (6) Is it truly separate from the world? Jesus said that his true followers would be “no part of the world.” (John 15:19) To worship God in a manner that he approves requires that we keep ourselves “without spot from the world.” (Jas. 1:27) Can that be said of those whose clergy and other members are involved in politics, or whose lives are largely built around materialistic and fleshly desires?—1 John 2:15-17.
    (7) Are its members active witnesses concerning God’s Kingdom? Jesus foretold: “This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.” (Matt. 24:14) What religion is really proclaiming God’s Kingdom as the hope of mankind instead of encouraging people to look to human rulership to solve their problems? Has your religion equipped you to share in this activity, and to do it from house to house as Jesus taught his apostles to do?—Matt. 10:7, 11-13; Acts 5:42; 20:20.
    PS. R.T. (below) is correct in that scripture should interpret scripture and Jesus himself was “The Rock” on which “the church” or congregation of God, is built…

  • sorry, the post was entered under R.T. The comment is for “CatholicVince”. I also want to thank Vince for the kindness in your “tone”… I also am not trying to be “unkind” and I do not (nor does the WT Society) hate Catholics or any other religion… We are trying to point to the Bible for all who want truth…

  • Hi RT! Thank you for your reply. Time and space are painfully limited now but I want to give you and our small audience a brief response that keeps the original Camping story in mind. First of all, I managed to visit The Shepherd’s Chapel website. I read their “Statement of Faith” and “Answer To Critics” twice. I watched about 20 minutes of Pastor Murray’s online broadcast scripture study. I found a sincere, Godly, and gifted man who has a heart for serving God and neighbor. It would not surprise me if he has many followers of Harold Camping and Catholic followers of Pope Francis in his audience. While I can greatly admire his knowledge, zeal, and love for God, I believe he still does not know Jesus’ one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church and the essential role it plays in God’s plan of salvation. He seems to think the Bible is the only source of the Word of God and the only infallible authority for Christians. We need to obey Christ and his church. Every non-Catholic seems to have a belief about how the Catholic Church was started or why it abandoned Christianity but only very few of them verify what their pastor says about us by going to the Catholic Church itself. Catholic Answers ( gives you primary source answers, like the Bible. Bible-believing pastors often direct their listeners to the Bible to confirm their teachings but rarely the Catholic Church as a primary source to confirm their teachings about Catholicism. Catholic Answers it the most trusted online source in America for just that reason. As I posted before, please take your keywords (Peter, rock, cornerstone, church foundation, priesthood, Bible interpreter, traditions of men, etc.) to the search box at God’s grace and peace be with you always.

  • This is what we Christians should do, ask mercy on his soul. It’s hard though since he was such a sheister and led many astray.

  • Interesting to track down Family Radio’s inner circle of Power.
    They all had backup plans, if May 21, 2011 didn’t kick in.
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  • John, you’re being scammed daily. Everyone is….nothing new. All will die and have to meet the Creator…just like Harold Camping.

  • Pity the person who doesn’t believe..bpuharic…pity the person that doesn’t believe that his Universe wasn’t put together by an Infinite Spiritual being. Humans are finite….nothing but, dust balls who will return to the dirt.

  • Forget about religion…that’s man’s terminology. God wrote the bible as a law book for mankind. But, humans don’t want to follow, they create their own….that’s their religion.

  • I’m sorry but a little truth taught with a lot of lies is not truth at all. I only hope he was truly saved by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. He brought a lot of reproach on the body of Christ with his vain rantings and false predictions! I am glad he repented for his wrong predictions and I forgive him also. I pray for his family and friends to be comforted by the Holy Spirit.

  • this man took lots of peoples $ by making up random dates of when God was going to come then he sat and laughed at the people when his predictions were false.

    In my opinion he deserved to die. But God is the judge of that. But I am sure God took him bcuz he led people astray and took they’re money afterwards

  • How can this man be a `sheister` , in his heart he really believed what he said . Confused old man perhaps but sheister no.

  • Did he claim to be a prophet? His prophesy did not come true, because he did not receive the message from the True Living God of Abraham and Isaac. If he did not receive a revelation from God, then he received it from Satan or he was lying. He would be a prophet of Satan or a prophet that lies.

    Not sure if family radio believes that Jesus was man and God and was born of the virgin Mary. Probably not.

  • What we all need to do is to love one another and try to forgive.Believe me I know it’s hard but with God’s help we can do it.We are not in any way perfect because all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.We have to try not to be so hard on our fellow men.Living in this world we all know its not easy ,and so we need God’s strength and guidance ever single day to make it through this journey of life.Put no trust or confidence in man and do not put them on a pedestal because we are all human and the arm of flesh will fail every time.Be strong in the Lord my brothers and sisters and in all that you do, stay strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Use wisdom in all you do and live by the word of God.Be true to yourself and Almighty God.It’s not about religion it’s about who you are in Christ, the type of relationship that you have with Jehovah .That’s the name of our God.Stand firm on the promises of God because in spite of our circumstances he just cannot fail and remember this ,he does things in his own time not yours!!!

  • I had a chance to listen to Harold Camping for a year and a half and I have to say that he was a “nut”. He had no idea what he was talking about and a lot of his preaching from the bible was wrong. Harold Camping would take passages from the bible and twist then around. I don’t think he ever understood the bible fully. He had no offical training and after listening to Harold answer questions from callers that questioned his credibility the callers would become upset
    and say to Harold over the phone ” Sir you have no idea what you’re talking about”. I would be shocked listening to the garbage Harold would talk about.
    It’s sad that when Harolds prediction of the world ending in May of 2011 didn’t come true he became afraid and had to leave his own house with his wife because people went to Harold’s house demanding answers as to why the world didn’t end. Now, these people that ” believed in Harold Camping sold their homes and left their jobs, gave their children to loved ones to follow Mr.Camping word. I stopped listening to Harold Camping, I just couldn’t take anymore of his nonsense.

    God bless Harold Campings wife.

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  • I also pray that may the Almighty God Bless Harold Camping for his devotion in teaching the Bible, although he taught the mass to get out of churches and that the judgement day was known to him through mathematical calculation which was, very unfortunately, miscalculated, however he brought a great multitude close to the Bible. May God bless him.

  • Harold Camping was nothing more than a mortal man, he said what he believe and that is that. It was a lie, no more than when the police stop you for speeding. The first thing you say is” I wasn’t speeding”. A lie is a lie, no matter who tell it. I said that to say this…WE ALL HAVE LIED AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD! He was wrong. God’s word says, “No man knows when the son of man(Jesus Christ) is coming, Jesus said he don’t even know, it is in his Father’s hand. To sum this up from my opinion as far as God’s word, Harold Camping made a serious mistake by misleading some folks, but if folks would study God’s Word they would know the truth and the truth will set them free from all of these false statements. Mr. Camping is with the Lord now and the only thing I can say is he fall short of the Glory of God. Instead of getting the full Glory of God, he got a portion of what he should have gotton. That is God’s call, cause I myself, have to be judge by the almighty myself.
    I hope this have helped someone…

  • His voice kept my attention since 1993 and I clearly remember his 1994 prediction. He was quite sharp at what he did, plainly inspiring. A true original the way he handled a live audience, hardly old fashioned. Well maybe like hand to hand combat. I had a hard time believing his 2011 prediction but clearly to me I learned how to pray with much greater sincerety. I prayed very sincerely he was wrong. I am conviced many others were far ahead of me too. He taught me to pray. I was so relieved I practically stopped listening to ‘his’ station. I bet if he took a vacation for a significant and spiriually guided one … Well radio evangelism for me has changed I miss him. Thanks for your work.

  • I too, like so many others listened to Mr. Camping for yrs. I never found error in his teaching. I never found error in his statements about most churches being heretical. God always has a remnant. He wasn’t even wrong about it being the end! He was wrong about what the end was! It’s the end of The Church Age, but not of the world. Like the end of the age of the Aaronic Priesthood.The Day of PePentecost came and so too, The Holy Spirit, but only a few knew and believed. Same with us. The Church Age is ending if not ended already, but few understand or believe! Be careful my brothers, my sisters as to the finger pointing! Mr. Camping never pointed his at You! He pointed at and Heralded to an end that I believe he truly saw! But of The Church Age, not of the world! May God Richly Bless You!

  • “…. people like Camping and all these thousands of other so called “bible”churches are not what God intended.”

    Whoa!! You might as well insert “Baptist churches” in place of “bible” here, buddy. Most “Bible” churches are good, fundamental, non-cult churches whose admirable trait is to teach from the Bible rather than the daily newspaper as do may of the mainline denominations. All a Bible church is, is a non-denominational, fundamental church — not interdenominational, but non-denominational.

    I used to listen to Camping a lot on shortwave (I’m an avid shortwave listener as a hobbyist) and he was good at first — right on the money. Then his teaching began to go sideways with talk of believers needing to bail out of their local churches (and replace that with what?), telling people that there was no way that they could know they were saved (the Family Radio publications say that “Camping is home with the Lord” — so how do they know that if they believe that teaching?) and finally his erroneous predictions of the the second coming. What a shame he had to go south on everyone.

  • I am not in agreement with timetables of mr. camping. But here we have a man who’s mistake was displaying a timeline by which someone has followed and you have brought in a similar timeline?

    I do not have any other opinions about mr. camping’s work other than the few things I have heard and anything relating to timelines. I disregard, to the truths by which he speaks of the church and its power to save souls. I do not think to much of it because I do believe that there are people in the church that do love the Lord Jesus and it is still a fellowship of believers.

    Regarding to the catholicvince, I am surprised in his commenting on your comment they had no mention of timelines but discussed other matters.

    One thing among the reformed religions, I have seen in the Westminster Confessions of Faith of 1647 under Chapter 25, Section 6. speaking of the Church. VI. There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ.[13] Nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalts himself, in the Church, against Christ and all that is called God.[14]”

    This would not be approved by the catholic religion because of the claim by which the office of the pope has been spoken of.

    I do not have any opinion of the current order by which they have installed in the office thereof. But watch it’s actions observance and be a witness to my Lord Jesus. But according to the traditions of reformist. If this office has been identified as such, this is a warning to future generations of doctrines, teaching and the future direction by which it wants to lead the future of the Church. That all that comes from it must, according to the traditions of the Reformist, is not a source of renewal and revival. But it is our Lord Jesus (Yeshua) by which one may have life. He is our only source for living and living in the dark valleys by which we are in these days. That is if this confession is still valid to one’s belief in the matter of faith in the church.

    Regardless, I do like to keep this warning in mind when making decisions of things that are observed in our current day and in times pass, but never lifting the office but that it be in any office that a man dare to take, when Luke spoke unto us it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.” It is not good for a man to lifted up above other men, by which we all should be brothers and sisters in Christ, serving him alone not one above the other but in full office and service and obedience to Christ.

    I do pray that your trust is in the Lord Jesus (Yeshua) and no other. Only by him we can be saved, only by him we can have life, only by him we are able to follow him. By him, in him, through him and no other. May God richly bless you this day.

  • Harold camping was right the dates of may 21 2011. Jesus who has a new name was shown the sacred heart by God behind the one tree in the garden finding out who he was and who God was he bowed down before God automatically only they know who they are like a theaf in the night nobody seen it. Jesus was made low born and raised like his brothers never really knowing who he really was but always feeling something he always felt something would happen at the moment he turned 33.3 he awoke in the middle of the night thinking about this only to calculate he was at that very moment he surrendered and repented that day and was transformed he was born as a man on october 21st 1977 exactly 33.3 years prior with a small span between the awakining and the garden. Seen. And is secretly preparing for what he referes to as operation skyfire with his advanced aircraft the locust sounding machines of revilations he calles them horses after the first one called six white hoarses in reference to the white 6 horsepower engine that runs this craft he has spent his life so fat picing up peaces of this technoligy flown using the anti gravitational wheels mentioned in Ezekiel he doasnt know when this will all go down but must keep watch like all of us

  • Harold was WAY OFF on many levels; however I have always enjoyed the music on Family Radio and still try to find station in the various cities through which I pass.
    I remember when the Lord first called and saved me; 1979. At THAT time, Family Radio had a completely different program format; even allowed other ministries air-time. When Harold turned Family Radio into a cult, he only was able to go as high as his own mind and no farther.

  • Dan…people cough up millions for electronics, cars, houses and clothing etc.Yet, all is left here. So, where is the fraud????

  • All comments are hung up on the predictions….they missed the teaching all together. Mankind…his own worse enemy. All..with no exceptions…are filled with SIN.

  • False teacher, false preacher. Folks loved to listen to him – but it was false comfort.

    He was either demented or unjust of spirit. (deluded or evil)

  • When people cough up millions for electronics, cares, and houses they usually actually get electronics cars and houses.. Many of Harold’s followers gave money they could not afford to part with because they believed there would be no need for money after the promised Rapture which did not occur. I’d be inclined to still say that there was no fraud, but for the fact that he himself kept his own fortune and his ministry not only kept assets, but continued accepting donations right up to (and after) the 21st of May. Deep down, he knew he was not speaking the truth and he took the profit (not prophet) from his teachings. That indeed is fraud.

  • The Bible was written by Israelites, to Israelites, and for Israelites. It would eventually and ultimately include non-Israelites, or Gentiles. “The end” referred to in the Bible was the end of the Jewish age, the Mosaic Covenant world, not the planet earth. When Jesus said no one “knows” the day or hour He was referring to those in the first century, His contemporaries. Later in that generation they were aware the end of the age was near (Rev. 1:1-3). The end came in AD 70!

  • He is at rest indeed and after 92 years of a long life with many good deeds. I did not reach him in time and for that, I am sad.
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  • Harold Camping was insane. I used to listen to family radio for pure entertainment. He woudl read some terrible verse about burning in hell and rolling in dung. Right after that. You are listening to family radio. some family, more like the Manson family. His death only makes room for the next con hiding behind the collar.

  • The problem wasn’t over literal or allegorical or spiritual exegesis. Each book should be understood literally according to its genre. The problem with Harold was he read more than the text provided while at the same time ignoring key passages. You know you’ve reached the wrong conclusions when you’re not in harmony with the whole of God’s Word.

  • For the most part, he preached the Gospel faithfully. Taught the orthodox doctrines of the Christian faith; Salvation by grace alone through faith alone in the Christ alone. His only major failure was in his teaching on eschatology, teaching on end times.

  • We can’t judge Harold Camping but only God can.I believe he will be in heaven one day…because of the following statement made in his he repentance.
    In March 2012, he stated that his attempt to predict a date was “sinful” and that his critics had been right in emphasising the words of Matthew 24:36 “of that day and hour knoweth no man.” He added that he was now searching the Bible not to find dates but to be more fervently more faithful in his understanding of the Word.

  • Yes, indeed he spent much of his time working to earn the trust of many as followers. Any scam artist knows that this is necessary if you expect them to give you all of their money.