'I was hoping for heaven'

2011-05-22 11:43

Oakland - They spent months warning the world of the apocalypse, some giving away earthly belongings or draining their savings accounts. And so they waited, vigilantly, on Saturday for the appointed hour to arrive.

When 18:00 came and went across the United States and various spots around the globe, and no extraordinary cataclysm occurred, some believers expressed confusion, while others reassured each of their faith. Still, some others took it in stride.

"I had some scepticism but I was trying to push the scepticism away because I believe in God," said Keith Bauer - who hopped in his minivan in Maryland and drove his family 4 830km to California for the Rapture.

He started his day in the bright morning sun outside the gated Oakland headquarters of Family Radio International, whose founder, Harold Camping, has been broadcasting the apocalyptic prediction for years.

"I was hoping for it because I think heaven would be a lot better than this earth," said Bauer, a tractor-trailer driver who began the voyage west last week, figuring that if he "worked last week, I wouldn't have gotten paid anyway, if the Rapture did happen."

Multi-million-dollar Christian empire

The May 21 doomsday message was sent far and wide via broadcasts and websites by Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer who has built a multi-million-dollar Christian media empire that publicises his apocalyptic prediction. According to Camping, the destruction was likely to have begun its worldwide march as it became 18:00 in the various time zones, although some believers said Saturday the exact timing was never written in stone.

In New York's Times Square, Robert Fitzpatrick said he was surprised when the six o'clock hour simply came and went. He had spent his own money to put up advertising about the end of the world.

"I can't tell you what I feel right now," he said, surrounded by tourists. "Obviously, I haven't understood it correctly because we're still here."

Many followers said the delay was a further test from God to persevere in their faith.

"It's still May 21 and God's going to bring it," said Family Radio's special projects coordinator Michael Garcia, who spent Saturday morning praying and drinking two last cups of coffee with his wife at home in Alameda. "When you say something and it doesn't happen, your pride is what's hurt. But who needs pride? God said he resists the proud and gives grace to the humble."

Internent was buzzing

The internet was alive with discussion, humorous or not, about the end of the world and its apparent failure to occur on cue. Many tweets declared Camping's prediction a dud or shared, tongue-in-cheek, their relief at not having to do weekend chores or take a shower.

The top trends on Twitter at midday included, at No 1, "endofworldconfessions," followed by "myraptureplaylist."

As 18:00 approached in California, some 100 people gathered outside Family Radio International headquarters in Oakland, although it appeared none of the believers of the prophecy were among them. Camping's radio stations, TV channels, satellite broadcasts and website are controlled from a modest building sandwiched between an auto shop and a palm reader's business.

Christian leaders from across the spectrum widely dismissed the prophecy, and members of a local church concerned followers could slip into a deep depression come Sunday were part of the crowd outside Family Radio International. They held signs declaring Camping a false prophet as motorists drove by.

"The cold, hard reality is going to hit them that they did this, and it was false and they basically emptied out everything to follow a false teacher," the Reverend Jacob Denys, of the Calvary Bible Church, said earlier. "We're not all about doom and gloom. Our message is a message of salvation and of hope."

Party mood

About a dozen people in a partying mood were also outside Family Radio International, creating a carnival-like atmosphere as they strolled in a variety costumes that portrayed monks, Jesus Christ and other figures.

"Am I relieved? Yeah. I've got a lot going on," Peter Erwin, a student, said, with a hint of sarcasm. "Trying to get specific about the end of the world is crazy."

Revellers counted down the seconds before the anticipated hour, and people began dancing to music as the clock struck 18:00. Some released shoe-shaped helium balloons into the sky in an apparent reference to the Rapture.

Camping has preached that some 200 million people would be saved, and that those left behind would die in a series of scourges visiting Earth until the globe is consumed by a fireball on October 21.

Family Radio International's message has been broadcast in 61 languages. He has said that his earlier apocalyptic prediction in 1994 didn't come true because of a mathematical error.

'It will happen'

"I'm not embarrassed about it. It was just the fact that it was premature," he told The Associated Press last month. But this time, he said, "there is ... no possibility that it will not happen."

As Saturday drew nearer, followers reported that donations grew, allowing Family Radio to spend millions on more than 5 000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the doomsday message. In 2009, the non-profit reported in IRS filings that it received $18.3 million in donations, and had assets of more than $104 million, including $34 million in stocks or other publicly traded securities.

Marie Exley, who helped put up apocalypse-themed billboards in Israel, Jordan and Lebanon, said the money allowed the non-profit to reach as many souls as possible.

She said she and her husband, mother and brother read the Bible and stayed close to the television news on Friday night awaiting word of an earthquake in the southern hemisphere. When that did not happen, she said fellow believers began reaching out to reassure one another of their faith.

"Some people were saying it was going to be an earthquake at that specific time in New Zealand and be a rolling judgment, but God is keeping us in our place and saying you may know the day but you don't know the hour," she said Saturday. "The day is not over, it's just the morning, and we have to endure until the end."

Small quakes

On Sunday, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck near a group of South Pacific islands about 1 000km off New Zealand, but there were no reports of damage or risk of tsunami. The temblor struck under the Kermadec Islands, which has no permanent population.

New Zealand, shaken by a series of quakes and aftershocks since a February 22 temblor devastated the city of Christchurch and killed 181 people, sits in an area where two tectonic plates collide. More than 14 000 earthquakes are recorded in New Zealand each year.

A much smaller earthquake also was recorded at 18:05 on  Saturday in the San Francisco Bay Area, a seismically active region of California that includes Oakland. There were no reports that the minor magnitude 3.6 temblor, north of Berkeley, caused damages or injuries.

Camping, who lives few miles from his radio station, was not home late morning on Saturday, and an additional attempt to seek comment from him late in the evening also was unsuccessful, with no one answering his front door.

Earlier in the day, Sheila Doan, 65, Camping's next-door-neighbour of 40 years, was outside gardening and said the worldwide spotlight on his May 21 forecast has attracted far more attention than the 1994 prediction.

Doan said she is a Christian and while she respects her neighbour, she doesn't share his views.

"I wouldn't consider Mr Camping a close friend and wouldn't have him over for dinner or anything, but if he needs anything, we are there for him," Doan said.

  • sahara - 2011-05-22 11:58

    Harold Camping should now be prosecuted for misrepresentation and fraud!

      Singo - 2011-05-22 18:52

      No,the people who believed him are the ones who should be prosecuted. Who created the Earth? He who created it knows about it's rapture.I'm sick and tired of people believing in false prophets.Maybe if they read the new testament they will understand what Jesus told the people.No one knows the day and the time............

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-05-22 21:20

      So should every other preacher out there. Imagine a lawsuit against all the religions on the grounds of misrepresentation/undue influence?!

      kidblack - 2011-05-23 02:12

      and little do they know, heaven used to be all around us, until we destroyed it in the name of God.

      ordinary_joe - 2011-05-23 10:53

      Better still - he can come to my place for some special Kool Aid.

      Aish - 2011-05-23 11:44

      The funny thing is that any one that actually reads the bible knows that the end will come like a thief in the night, no man will know when, not even Jesus. Some people are like sheep, to lazy to even open the book, but decide to follow...

  • BigMoose - 2011-05-22 12:11

    Come to South Africa and collect your ANC membership cards.

      amos - 2011-05-22 16:27

      are you perhaps an escapee from one of our mental institutions?

      Warren - 2011-05-22 21:04

      I for one think amos is asking a very valid question... Did BigMoose escape from Luthli House??? P.S. Is amos short for a mosquito???

      Warren - 2011-05-22 21:07

      Dammit keyboard... Luthuli House!!!!!

  • Ian - 2011-05-22 12:18

    He obviously doesn't know his bible! "No-one knows.........".

      PMG - 2011-05-22 12:34

      Hey Ian,the bible is a lot of crap written by paedophiles and drunkards to persue the churhes own evil agenda.Their is more incest,fraud,debauchery and criminal intent in the bible than a good XXX thriller - not to mention all the suspect books the church left out,because it didnt suite them.

      Daz - 2011-05-22 14:13

      @PMG Do you really believe what you said or is it just regurgitated rhetoric from something you read?

      JusticeMan - 2011-05-22 14:47

      PMG, I am not a Christian & much of the Bible is the direct word of God & jesus(peace by upon him) was his Prophet. Man did however change much of the original script to suit himself. That is why God revealed the Quraan which is his water tight word & is in its original state since Prophet Muhammad(peace Be upon Him) over 1430 years ago. Hundreds of people by hearted the revelations as it came down with the Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon Him) overseeing. He passed away after the last revelation had come down. Since than millions have by hearted the Quraan, cover to cover so no devious person or group could alter it. Brilliant from Our One & Only GOD Almighty for all on Earth, the same GOD who sent Adam, Moses, Jesus, David, Abraham etc etc.

      Benzo - 2011-05-22 15:15

      @Justice man" how often do you have to repeat this "peace be upon him" and why??

      JusticeMan - 2011-05-22 17:10

      It is a Mark of Respect for All prophets of God, be it Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, David, Adam, Abraham etc. And also it is a prayer that God's peace/Belssings descends uponon them.

      Rockford - 2011-05-23 01:44

      @PMG ... You have obviously only heard a rumour that sounded good to repeat at this time ... if it is such a XXX thriller it should fit right into your genre ... so please inform yourself before proving to the readers here your ignorance. @Justiceman ... the quran is the rantings of a paedophile filled with utterances of hatred and not peace (maybe that is why u have hypnotise yourself by repeating peace be upon him ...) and on no level does it measure up to being a divine book ... not 1 word of prophesy in it and since it degrades Jesus to a mere prophet it also shows either the ignorance of Muhammad or that it is inspired by the devil himself.

      Crabapple1 - 2011-05-23 04:19

      What a load of crap..... don't you people realise that the bible that you so REVERE is only a history book from way back when, when people couldn't even write!!! Twats.

      RiRo1 - 2011-05-23 09:10

      @JusticeMan God calls Jesus His Son... Was that also changed? I read a Bible that is DIRECTLY translated from the original ancient Hebrew scripts and Greek scripts... Jesus is still called the Son of God there. Why can't the Jews accept that? I call myself a "spiritual Jew" - although that is not official or recognized as a religion, but hey, who's perfect? :-) Maybe Jesus was a Prophet, but it doesn't change the fact that He is God's Son.

      Andy - 2011-05-23 12:31

      @PMG - Totally agreed, from the very beginning its crazy, for instance - Day 1, god seperated light from dark, created the day and night BUT he only created the light producing products (Sun & Stars) on day 4. HUH?!? Thats some magical trick right there! Also, if I remember correctly, plants were created on day 3 before there was a sun to make them grow!

      Andy - 2011-05-23 12:32

      And before you all start, Magic is 'evil' so it couldn't have been a magic trick.

      capetonian - 2011-05-23 14:31

      The "sky fairy" business has been pretty lucrative for its emissaries down here on earth. Just look at the RC's - I mean, where did they find all the billions to settle civil claims by abused altar boys as a result of their giving succour and protection to their paedophile priests? And all those con artists in the USA like Falwell and Robertson who made millions out of their "churches", preying on the ill-informed, ignorant and superstitious "worshippers"? You do not need to have "faith" in god in order to live a moralistic life! After all, humans were around long before god was invented - and survived. Hell, even our close relatives the chimpanzees have been observed behaving in an altruistic fashion towards fellow members of the same troup. The sooner religion is kept away from children the better - let them decide on "god" as well informed and educated adults!

  • Jack - 2011-05-22 12:29

    Another in a long line of doomsday prophets going back hundreds of years. It's astonishing that so many people in the 21st century can still fall for this sort of thing. Even more astonishing is the fact that so many people in the west are reverting to pagan beliefs from 7000 years ago. I will continue to find my solace in science.

      Andy - 2011-05-23 11:31

      With you on that Jack!

  • Liesbet - 2011-05-22 12:35

    Good grief, that man caused a lot of damage!!! Shame on him!

      Singo - 2011-05-22 18:56

      He also nearly damaged the ANC party.But God prevented him.Allelluyah!!

  • johan - 2011-05-22 12:37


      AloninSA - 2011-05-22 16:40

      totally wrong dude! That guy had no need for anyones money, he runs a massive radio station and has done so for over a decade. He is already rich, and money is not an object for him. The sad truth is that this man believes everything he has said.

      Ben - 2011-05-23 08:51

      like all religions....

      GinSA1 - 2011-05-23 14:31

      AloninSA - good for him, now he can compensate all the idiots who believed him and gave away or sold their 'stuff' and are now penniless, having given their cash to him. The old fart should just die and get it over with

  • So What? - 2011-05-22 12:38

    what surprises me is that his followers seem to be people who read their Bibles, yet they believe his fasle prophecies. How stupid can one get? There are so many signs Jesus gave of when the end is near, then Revelation tells us a whole sequence of events that must occur up until Armageddon itself. Remember that Armageddon removes the unrighteous from the face of the earth, so why would it be necessary to remove all the righteous first in a so called rapture? - cannot recall seeing the word rapture in the Bible though.

      Ozymandios - 2011-05-22 14:44

      And even the Elect will be decieved.

      Looter - 2011-05-22 21:19

      Armageddon will happen with fire and earth, and i highly doubt any thing will help us through this time but each other! The universe has been aroung for 13.7 billions years as far as we can predict, and will probably be here for twice as long! I dont see any God coming for another 20 billions years at least, and what a boring end you describe, dont you think its more complicated that good and grey?

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-05-22 21:24

      "what surprises me is that his followers seem to be people who read their Bibles, yet they believe his fasle prophecies." - Tautology

      Akweerius - 2011-05-23 06:46

      Armageddon does NOT mean the end of the world – it means “The Hill of Megiddo”. There was a city called Megiddo in Israel and the battle of Armageddon was just that – the battle of the city of Megiddo (the city on the hill). Therefore, the battle of Armageddon happened MANY years ago – it does NOT mean the end of the world.

  • Lang Henning - 2011-05-22 12:40

    Maybe the Rapture did happen and nobody was worthy of saving, not even Mr Camping? And he knows but keeps quiet about it out of embarrassment? Poor man, to be found wanting thus and a sinner like the rest of us...

      Jakob - 2011-05-22 13:17

      lol, ur right.. im contacting u via garden of eden satellite, its not a place on earth and the earth is not round, from where i'm looking at, usa is just about to break of and fall into the void of nether.. poor bastards..

  • NuttyZA - 2011-05-22 12:48

    LOL. I have no sympathy for all the loonies that lost their money etc. How anyone with a sane mind believe this nonsense is totally beyond me

  • theprodigy - 2011-05-22 12:49

    dont scoff at these prophecies, it can happen at any moment, if you watch National Geographic you will know that a major earthquake or volcano can wipe out almost all life, as it has done many times before. We are not as safe as you think, just this morning a major vocano in Iceland erupted, this may not be the big one, but it just shows that we have no idea what & when is going to happen. BTW when a very large volcanic eruption occurs, its not the actual eruption that does the damage, its the plume of debris & smoke that enters into the stratosphere & is spread around the globe by the jet stream, its this speading of the ash that causes the sun to be blocked out starting the process of destruction, which can take months or years to play out. Its this drawn out process that sparks mayhem & chaos as the world plunges into recession, starvation, violence etc... so lets not laugh too loudly at these warnings. Lets just hope its not happening too soon.

      molefeP - 2011-05-22 13:08

      Man you are pathetic.

      Lang Henning - 2011-05-22 13:24

      It's actually the selfproclaimned 'prophets' being scoffed at, not natural disasters. Personally I don't think an erupting volcano has anything to do with judgment day.

      Lee - 2011-05-23 04:20

      You are right "theprodigy" a natural disaster can wipe us out at any time, or a comet for that matter BUT that would be a natural disaster and not Judgement day like many of you want to belief! If you considder a natural disaster sent by a gods, you must also admit "him/her" a cruel being, right?

      RiRo1 - 2011-05-23 09:19

      Not nessescarily Lee. God can do to His creation whatever He wants. That is the benefit of being THE God. Doesn't make Him cruel or evil, just God... Well, I for one, is watching the Yellowstone Super Volcano. I don't care what the scientists say, but the fact that more and more activity has been recorded in the last 30 years, means something. I that one blows, we're done for. As theprodigy states, that is what will happen if Yellowstone does its bit. Yes, it doesn't mean it will be Judgement day, but still, most peeps on the planet will die within 2 years of its eruption. Anyhoo. Have a great day!

  • Spoofed - 2011-05-22 13:09

    Think i should start a scheme where i could cash in millions for the next apocalypse... December 2012 here we come lol

      Ntebo More - 2011-05-23 08:35

      LOL you are right, even in 2000 people killed themselves thinking the world was going to an end, 11 yrs later we are still here

  • Jakob - 2011-05-22 13:13

    LMFAO... silly christians

      molefeP - 2011-05-22 13:24

      Pathetic arent they! Bet they feel a right bunch of pricks this morning! lol

      Daz - 2011-05-22 14:18

      @Jakob Wow that's what you call making a generalisation! A handful of absolute nutters and you call all Christians silly. What's with that?

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-22 14:44

      Go with pastafarianisim.

      AJO - 2011-05-22 19:30

      Jakob, ek skryf in Afrikaans want met 'n naam soos Jakob, is ek seker jy sal dit verstaan. Glo my, ek is 'n christen, 'n toegewyde christen, wat glo dat die spilpunt van my geloof is om in 'n verhouding met Christus te staan (en ja, wat dit beteken sal jy nie besef voordat jy dit nie self probeer nie)en ek steur my geensins aan sulke belaglike stellings wat gemaak word nie. Moet asseblief nie alle "christene" oor dieselfde kam skeer nie. Vir sommige van ons is ons geloof en belewenis van ons verhouding met Christus 'n saak van êrns en laat ons ons nie uit vir sulke snert nie.

      Lee - 2011-05-23 04:30

      AJO yes Jakob do generalize, but please keep in mind that Christians are not only gullible enough to believe in a apocalypse but also in a talking snake, a world created in 6 days (first 3 days created all in total darkness), a man created from dust, a women created from a man’s rib, a ghost impregnated a women, an Arc carrying a pair of each animal species on earth etc etc

      GinSA1 - 2011-05-23 14:34

      No Daz, he didn't say 'all' christians. He said silly christians, meaning those who call themselves such and believed in this hogwash crap. Get it now?

  • Michi2 - 2011-05-22 13:49

    Here in South Africa - The end of the world here in South African has been cancelled due to lack of management by the ANC. Once again the ANC has failed to deliver. We do apologise for any inconveniences caused on your behalf

      phunkylizzy - 2011-05-22 15:59

      there was a problem in issuing the tickets to heaven.

      Henry - 2011-05-22 17:47

      Did you not hear? Zuma and the anc were raptured.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-05-22 23:38

      You took the cancellation out of context

  • The Axe - 2011-05-22 13:50

    Well he did predict an earthquake which happened, Sunday in new zealand is saturday in America so we can argue that the rapture did happen, I mean no one would notice the amount of people missing that is supposed to go to heaven according to the bible, maybe i'm wrong, but I think it said something like 144000. I dont read the bible but I think it says something like that. The current death rate on the planet of people per day is more than that so you wont notice the rapture if it happened, hehehe. Which means everyone left on earth is now officially sinners! And we look forward to October 21 when the US will probably start world war 3, the earth will burn, billions will die and hoorah prophecy fulfilled.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-22 14:45

      Good, now we can do away with all this restraint and good manners and just enjoy ourselves in one huge continuous orgy untill october,

      RiRo1 - 2011-05-23 09:24

      The 144000 is the ones that will reign with Jesus and yes, will be the ones on Jesus' side on the day of Judgement. No rapture will accur. LOL As soon as they are taken up to Jesus, it starts. Everybody will see it. Believe me. Jesus will be there for everyone to see. :-)

      Susannomore - 2011-05-23 09:59

      There were 56 earthquakes from 2.8 - 5.9 recorded on Saturday. Check out to see how lame this prediction was.

      GinSA1 - 2011-05-23 14:37

      Martin, in the spirit of friendship, the orgy begins on Wed this week, and tickets are free. Viagra at the entrances. No protection needed, we've only got a few months anyway......................

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-05-22 13:57

    What a bunch of tools

  • John - 2011-05-22 14:02


  • Noctis - 2011-05-22 14:07

    Don't Christians read their Bible. Does it not say that no man knows the hour or day? Strange that this chap had such a following.

      LBS - 2011-05-22 17:01

      The same followers who will go after False Prophets

  • velastardust - 2011-05-22 14:10

    Some folks will believe anything.

  • Zwelakhe - 2011-05-22 14:30

    Theorem 1: 2019 is the end of the world. Proof: a. Hellen Zille has set in motion plans for DA to take over SA in 2019. That partly cause as she says, "DA will be lead by a black person". b. But ANC plans to rule till jesus comes, according to Juju and his cronies. c. The end of the world will be identified by the coming back of jesus. That's according to the bible. Therefore based on a, b and c, the end of the world will be after the 2019 elctions. Probably the day when the results are published.

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-22 14:46

    OK, everyone join in now: Whaa whaaa whaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

  • Jenny - 2011-05-22 14:47

    I heard that a woman shot her 2 year old son, so that he doesn't have to go through the ordeal of the end of the world. For that boy it was the end of the world.

      Janine - 2011-05-22 16:55

      That's absolutly awful! These crackpots are a danger to themselves and others.

  • JusticeMan - 2011-05-22 14:54

    In Islam GOD Almighty does not disclose to us the Date of Judgement Day but has given us signs, many which are prevelant today, however it will not happen until after Jesus(Peace Be upon Him)has come down & passe away. It will still be while after that to. I am not a Christian & much of the Bible is the direct word of God & jesus(peace by upon him) was his Prophet. Man did however change much of the original script to suit himself. That is why God revealed the Quraan which is his water tight word & is in its original state since Prophet Muhammad(peace Be upon Him) over 1430 years ago. Hundreds of people by hearted the revelations as it came down with the Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon Him) overseeing. He passed away after the last revelation had come down. Since than millions have by hearted the Quraan, cover to cover so no devious person or group could alter it. Brilliant from Our One & Only GOD Almighty for all on Earth, the same GOD who sent Adam, Moses, Jesus, David, Abraham etc etc.

      Alan - 2011-05-22 18:47

      You Slaam ous are just as brain washed as those Christians ous. What alota bullshit.

      JusticeMan - 2011-05-22 21:34

      Allan Shame, I feel for you mate, not believing in God who gave you life, Look at all the miracles around you, you are a miracle! God created Science do not forget that! Go & study the quraan, so many scientific facts are contained in it, it spells out the entire inception of life process from conception to birth, how could man have known these details 1432 years ago(Age of the Quraan) Besides Quraan speaks of the Big Bang Theory & that the Universe is expanding. there are about 1000 proven scientific facts, discovered only in the last 100 years which is consistant with what the Quraan states. Go to to discover these maracles & give all here feedback!!

      Lee - 2011-05-23 04:40

      JusticeMan I suppose you are able to proof the existence of your god, since the Christians are unable to? How sure are you the quran you read is the exact replicate of the original written? Christians swear their bible are, who is right? Jesus is/was their savior and your Mohammed, seems like there is a lot of confusion amongst all religious?

      RiRo1 - 2011-05-23 09:26

      oooooohhh, you're Islam...

      GinSA1 - 2011-05-23 14:40

      Peace be upon JusticeMan, peace be upon Justiceman, peace be upon.................................................... WTFH?????

  • Nesomaniac - 2011-05-22 17:12

    More pathetic than this doomsayer are the sheep who blindly follow his idiotic predictions.

  • Henry - 2011-05-22 17:45

    In 1957 I was terrified when they predicted the end of the world. Now that I know my Bible in 2011 I was not scared. However in the end times there will be false prophets. 2Pe 3:3 First, knowing this, that there will come in the last days scoffers walking according to their own lusts 2Pe 3:4 and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.

      Alan - 2011-05-22 18:48

      False Prophets are calles Losses. They are totally lost !!!!

      liesl - 2011-05-23 08:30

      Actually, whether the world ends on a particular day or not is immaterial. It will end for all of us at some stage. If it goes up in one huge fireball that would be pretty aweseome too. Not nice, obviously, but truly awe inspiring.

      Will2.0 - 2011-05-23 09:03

      I'm sure people have been claiming the end of the world is coming since the start of religion. We just get to hear all about it now thanks to tv, radio and the interwebs. We all want to believe we're special enough for the greatest event the world has ever seen to happen in our lifetime. Till that happens I need to survive another day on earth though. And the bible and such won't fill my tummy or keep me warm so excuse me while I get on with life.

  • theprodigy - 2011-05-22 18:34

    I hope Jesus comes soon, at least we wont be ruling anymore, even hell can't be worse.

  • Schatten - 2011-05-22 18:38

    This is kind of like the story of the boy who cried wolf...only in this version the wolf is never going to come. I actually feel really sorry for anyone who believes these things, and even more so for Camping, because he is clearly mentally unstable.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-22 20:43

      well, he IS 92 years old, it's to be expected.

      GinSA1 - 2011-05-23 14:41


  • Singo - 2011-05-22 18:48

    Shame.Now you know that there are false prophets. Next time you hear of someone predicting the end of the world, just laugh it off. Only God knows when the world will end. Even Jesus hinself doesn't know.

  • Alan - 2011-05-22 18:51

    False Prophets are calles Losses. They are totally lost !!!! Both Muslims (Terrorists)and Christians (Money Suckers from their congregation) are the same.

  • Lee - 2011-05-22 20:12

    Sheep. Nothing but blind stupid sheep. Even the guy that thought am sure that's the reflection of the earth on the moon so it can't be flat would of laughed at this bafoon.

  • Monica - 2011-05-22 21:15

    God said in the Bible that I know that not even his Angels will know when he will return to earth to collect those faithful to Him. The Bible also mentioned false Prophets; there is so many of them as most Churches has been a big money making bussiness. God will collect a believer; like my very old father; 90 something; as he is a good person and give so much! He does not go to church; but every morning his little radio goes on to listen to the preacher. I am sure when God comes on his cloud to collect the believers; he will take my dad with him; I hope me too! I love God and I go to church every Sunday; I sometimes wonder if he will leave me out as I read in my Bible that even an ugly thought is sin. If you have to live according to the bible; I think few people will go to heaven; it is so hard! I am trying to hard to be a good person; but we are human and we do fault; as long as we repent our sins. I ask God for forgiveness every day for the mistakes that I make. It is good to be a Christian as I can see his deeds every day! Just another sinner God; giving my way to people to serve you!

      prsephton - 2011-05-22 22:05

      1 John 5:13

      Crabapple1 - 2011-05-23 04:22

      What a load of crap..... don't you people realise that the bible that you so REVERE is only a "history book" from way back when, when people couldn't even write!!! Wake up,Twats.You are wasting a lot of energy on something very unneccessary.

  • ungodlike - 2011-05-22 21:42

    yawn... what did they expect "disco jesus to come down from heaven and say yo dudes and dudettes lets ditch this joint and head of head off to my dad's pad so much more groovy than this old earth"

      RiRo1 - 2011-05-23 09:31

      LOL That would be hillarious. :-D

  • pugwash - 2011-05-23 07:16

    What a load of mumbo-jumbo!

  • 50something - 2011-05-23 08:04

    Mandela got raptured to his home in the EC, from where he shall proceed to heaven. Enjoy your last few days on earth tata.

  • izaanb - 2011-05-23 08:20


  • truth - 2011-05-23 08:28

  • waine - 2011-05-23 08:53

    This is another example of religious garbage that prevails in Western Society. It is an example how religious leaders play into the hearts and minds of the fickle, gullible masses and how religion can dangerously - negatively affect society. People have made life changing decisions due to the false predictions of this moron - Harold Camping. But they, Camping’s followers deserve the consequences of their foolish actions for believing this nut case, even more than Camping deserves ridicule of the highest order.

  • RiRo1 - 2011-05-23 09:00

    I hope he pays all his followers some money, as most of them sold everything and used the money and even quit their jobs! Maybe this was all about the money. That is beyond evil... But I will give him the benefit of a doubt, but then he must pay out... I feel sooo sorry for the innocent followers :-(

      Spoofed - 2011-05-23 16:34

      nope he wont be refunding anybody.. he said so in a telephone interview.. when asked if he will be refunding his followers who sent him millions in donations.. his reply was '' i never asked anybody for money, what people do with their money is their business'' check how this guy just vanishes into thin air..

  • tennilleg - 2011-05-23 09:46

    It makes me sick that so much money gets donated to churches and hardly any of it gets into the hands of those that actually need it. Anyone that says they will donate on your behalf should rather be bypassed. I hope all these idiots are going to lose their breeding licenses.

  • Telara - 2011-05-23 10:04

    Bwah ha ha!!! EPIC FAIL!

  • Gautengaleng - 2011-05-23 10:08

    For all those who are expecting a 2nd coming of Jesus: have you considered that there is NO evidence, other than the New Testament, that there was a first coming? Given how the contents of the New Testament came to be a "canon of scripture", it's no more reliable as a history than, for example, the accounts about the life of Buddha. In other words, it's a myth. A hoax, if you prefer. The biggest marketing success that the world has ever seen, for a product that doesn't exist. Don't take my word for it. Go do your research. Is the Bible really a reliable source? Did Jesus ever actually walk on this earth, or is he a mythical character who was invented a couple of hundred years after his alleged time? Albert Schweitzer, a scholar and missionary to Africa, after years of study concluded that, "this Jesus...had no existence". In other words, that the New Testament is not a reliable source of historical data, and that the person Jesus is only a mythical character in a fictional account known as the Gospels.

  • Ysterpie - 2011-05-23 10:18

    According to my analysis the en of the world is actually 28th of May. Please send donations to ABSA Cheque, Acc nr 666........

      Andy - 2011-05-23 11:43

      haha, i'm on it mate, i'll sell all my earthly posessions and pass the proceeds you way, but i need some guarentees please, like verses as a spun up story on how you got the 28th may.

  • Werner - 2011-05-23 10:27

    As a Christian myself, I made no extraordinary plans for Saturday and come six o'clock I was enjoying my Saturday the way I enjoy any other Saturday. God alone knows when The Rapture will happen. Christians, do you not read your bibles? "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only"

  • jvdspuy - 2011-05-23 10:50

    The whole incident was caused because someone was greedy and wanted more, it's the only reason why. a Multi-million-dollar Christian empire by this guy. I hope all of it is spent on helping others, i seriously do, because he def won't be taking that with him.

  • G-spotWizard - 2011-05-23 10:59

    Voila, we have got ourselves a new fool's day in addition to April 1. May 21 is the new fool's day.

  • L24 - 2011-05-23 11:13

    Seriously, why do people listen to all these "prophets"? It clearly states in the bible that no-one knows!!!!! Matthew 24:35-36 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

      Andy - 2011-05-23 11:45

      Ja, and he also created the day and the night on day one but didnt actually make anything to produce light until day 4 (sun & stars) ... ummmm.

      Andy - 2011-05-23 12:52

      Lol, a dislike? Only stating what the bible says ;-) You have therefore just disliked the bible, yay.

  • Gert Melktert - 2011-05-23 11:57

    There is a crazy-ass theory that the Dark Ages didn't actually happen, and were just made up for some unknown reason, and we are actually somewhere around the year 1000. Maybe this Camping dude can use that as an excuse.

  • RVQ - 2011-05-23 12:03

    "multi-million-dollar Christian media empire", I'm in the wrong business...

  • kitty - 2011-05-23 13:15

    @Andy: To apply flawed human logic on something that is not human is just plain stupid

  • kitty - 2011-05-23 13:22

    Oh and to all you who say there is no God, take this into account: I believe in god and that my soul will go to heaven, if I'm right then Yay! I go to heaven, If I'm wrong oh well I didn't really lose anything then did I? Where those who don't believe in God will not be able to go to heaven...the point being I'd rather have a win/lose situation over a lose/lose one

      Andy - 2011-05-23 13:28

      Thats Pascals Wager, look it up. And how is my logic flawed? I just said what the bible says. Is it flawed when a non-believer says it but ok when a believer says it? That's flawed! Prove my statement wrong if its flawed.

      Andy - 2011-05-23 13:30

      "To apply flawed human logic on something that is not human is just plain stupid". I counter that, to apply any logic to something that has no proof of existance is just insane. If someone came to you and said they had been approached by aliens from space who told them to believe in them so when they die they will be beamed aboard the mothership to live forever, would you believe them or just say thats insane? What about if these aliens gave them a book that tells them how to live? And, if human logic is flawed, why trust the bible? It was written by humans!

      Andy - 2011-05-23 13:37

      Also, you are trying to justify your beleif by stating that you can win or lose, to me that doesn't sound like your secure in what you beleive. If there's a lose situation your not 100% confident or comfortable in what you beleive so try make it sound like us athiests have more to lose than you do, makeing you feel slightly better about believing in somthing without proof.

      GinSA1 - 2011-05-23 14:49

      Please send pic of soul, and advise of its location in the human body Kitty.

  • kitty - 2011-05-23 13:38

    I was only stating that you were using human logic, which is flawed, on something that can't be comprehended by said logic. Read the bible again and see that it also says to humble oneself like a child.