Meet Harold Camping, the man who became famous by predicting the end of the world. He made as many as twelve predictions at different times with each prediction failing and therefore turning out to be false.
Harold predicted that Jesus might return to Earth around September 1994 and predicted that the world would come to an end by May 2011. After failed predictions, he further predicted that Rapture would take place on October 2011 claiming to have corrected his timing.
These predictions and more failed. He in fact outlived these predictions.
Harold gained followers many of who donated money to him for publicity of the failed predictions. More than 5 Million dollars was spent in advertising of the May 21, 2011 doomsday prediction. Over 100 million dollars was spent through 2011 for the campaign of the failed predictions.
After the failure of the October 21, 2011 doomsday prediction, Harold went into seclusion. Family Radio, founded by Harold maintained Harold’s doctrines even after his death on December 15, 2013. They also maintained that all established Christian organisations have gone apostate.
Harold was succeeded by Tom Evans in Family radio under whose leadership the radio discontinued using any of Harold teachings. Evans said, “Family Radio has come out of self-imposed isolation and we’ve repented from many of our former positions, date-setting the end of the world and all that, as well as the condemnation of the church.”
Before the death of Harold, he admitted in a private interview, that his attempt to predict the end of the world was in itself sinful and that those who heavily criticized him were right. He admitted he only reads the bible afterwards not in search of dates but to be more faithful to God in understanding.”
“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.” – Matthew 24:36