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Harold Camping Says Prediction of Rapture Was Wrong, But Not About Doomsday

Though he now admits he was wrong about the Rapture occurring on May 21st, Harold Camping is now saying that May 21st was the “spiritual” Rapture, and that the world will be physically destroyed on October 21st:

In a rambling discourse to reporters outside his Family Radio International office, Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer, indicated he had misread the signs in predicting that the faithful would be lifted up to Heaven Saturday, leaving sinners to suffer through five months of disasters until the Earth was consumed in a fireball on the End of Days.

God did “bring judgment on the world,” on Saturday, he said, but there will not be any terrible buildup to the end. When it comes, it will happen quickly, he said.

“We have to be looking at all of this a little bit more spiritual, but it won’t be spiritual on Oct. 21,” he said. “Because the Bible clearly teaches that then the world is going to be destroyed altogether.”

His radio station will no longer preach about the end of the world, he said, because God’s judgment has already come.

Nat Brown is a former deputy web editor of Foreign Affairs and a former deputy managing editor of National Review Online.

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