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October 21st, 2011 - No Really This Time - UPDATED
Posted: 10 October 2011 01:11 PM   [ Ignore ]
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You may remember poor Harold Camping, who was absolutely certain that the world was going to end on May 21st, 2011?

Yeah, he’s got a new date.

His argument this time is that ‘May 21st was when everyone was judged whether they’d be worthy or not’, and that the actual Rapture and things going ‘boom’ is gonna be in couple weeks. No really. Honest.

Here’s the message Camping is putting out on the website for his Family Radio organization:

Thus we can be sure that the whole world, with the exception of those who are presently saved (the elect), are under the judgment of God, and will be annihilated together with the whole physical world on October 21, 2011, on the last day of the present five months period. On that day the true believers (the elect) will be raptured. We must remember that only God knows who His elect are that He saved prior to May 21.

More recently, he told followers in a recorded message:

I do believe that we’re getting very near the very end…. If [God] had not kept us from knowing everything that we didn’t know, we would not have been able to be used of Him to bring about the tremendous event that occurred on May 21 of this year, and which probably will be finished out on October 21, that’s coming very shortly. That looks like it will be at this point, it looks like it will be the final end of everything.

Ten bucks says he keeps moving the date up a few months every time until he dies.

http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2011/10/06/harold-camping-predicts-oct-21-rapture-again/

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Posted: 10 October 2011 04:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Yep. Remember the May date passing and him changing it to October 21. So that’s not really new. Then he had a stroke (that was new!) and I hadn’t heard anything since then.

Not that I was actively pursuing trying to hear anything about it.

ETA: See? We’ve already had this discussion!

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Posted: 10 October 2011 05:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Yeah, I just thought we should start up a new thread for it, since it’s coming up.

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4. Personal testamonials are not proof.

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Posted: 10 October 2011 05:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Well, I think it’s pretty clear that he’s a world-class nut.  However, on the spectrum of nuts, he’s actually fairly benign.

As far as I know, he hasn’t done the despicable televangelist thing of “send me money or god will smite me”.  He doesn’t seem to be aiming PRIMARILY to profit (personally) from his nuttiness.  And his rhetoric (at least by comparison to the WBC) seems more or less restrained.

He is damaging to some gullible people, in that his schtick has caused some of them to sell all their worldly possessions and camp out, awaiting the “rapture” (whatever that may be).

Sigh.

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Posted: 15 October 2011 02:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I’m somewhat disappointed that he didn’t choose September 12th.

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Posted: 15 October 2011 11:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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So was I Acci.  That was a very memorable and entertaining apocalypse - it would have been nice to relive some of the finer moments of it.

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Posted: 15 October 2011 01:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Is anyone else old enough to remember when the Jehovah Witnesses did this every few years? From the turn of the 20th century until the 1970s, they picked the end of the world within a year or so. Since the Ford era, they switched to the generic “short while.” They were much more entertaining when they actually set the date.

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Posted: 16 October 2011 09:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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May 21st, I walked into work with my acoustic guitar playing and singing R.E.M’s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It”.

A good time was had by all.

(And we’re all still here).


Perhaps I’ll bring my Banjo on October 21st.

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Posted: 21 October 2011 04:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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No Apocalypse here. Anyone else? Don’t post here if it happened to you! (Or if you were taken in the Rapture.)

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Posted: 21 October 2011 05:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I don’t seem to be here at the moment, but with me it’s purely intellectually.

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Posted: 21 October 2011 06:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I’ll know something’s happened if I drive far enough and see the rest of the Earth is missing.

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Posted: 21 October 2011 07:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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We don’t seem to have had an apocalypse here. There may have been a Rapture, but based on my friends and acquaintances I probably wouldn’t notice. wink

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