Not Again Harold

I can remember when I was a little kid scared to death of a prediction made by a man my father used to listen to, host of Family Talk Radio, Harold Camping.

Harold Camping

Harold Camping

The prediction was made in Camping’s book 1994 that Christ was going to come back sometime between September 15-17 of that year. Using some crazy numerology methods camping was able to convince himself Jesus was born October 4th in the year 7 B.C. and took a passage found in the book of John where Christ tells his disciples who were 200 cubits into the sea of Galilee to throw the fishing nets off the boat. Camping stated that the 200 cubits represents the 2000 years from the first to the second coming of Christ. So Camping took the year of Christ’s birth, 7 B.C. and subtracted 1 for the year 0 and got 6, he then took the 2000 and subtracted 6 and got 1994.

After reading it now I realize how ridiculous this is, but when I was 10 it was seriously terrifying to me. Well as everyone reading this knows, 1994 came and went and Christ never returned…SURPRISE!!! When the world didn’t end in 1994 my father and lots of people stopped listening to Harold Camping. However throughout the years the listeners of Family Radio grew plentiful and Camping seems to be up to his old tricks. According to this wonderful mathematician (sarcasm) Harold has decided to play the numbers game again.

Somehow Camping came up with the year 4990 B.C. as the definitive year of the flood. The Bible also says God told Noah to warn the people they had 7 days to get to safety on the ark. The Bible also states that God closed the door to the ark on the 17th day of the second month of that year (4990 B.C.). So by using some non clever picking and choosing Camping looked at a verse from 2 Peter 3:8 which reads “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.”

According to Prophet Camping when God told Noah to warn the people they had 7 days to get to safety or they would all die in the flood, he was also telling us that he was going to destroy the world in 7000 years. And if we use Camping’s math which is 4990 (year of the flood) + 2011 (the year it is now) – 1 ( minus 1 for year 0) we get 7000, this is an astounding revelation, just kidding. Well on the Family Radio website, it states:

Because the year 2011 A.D. is exactly 7,000 years after 4990 B.C. when the flood began, the Bible has given us absolute proof that the year 2011 is the end of the world during the Day of Judgment, which will come on the last day of the Day of Judgment. 

Amazingly, May 21, 2011 is the 17th day of the 2nd month of the Biblical calendar of our day. Remember, the flood waters also began on the 17th day of the 2nd month, in the year 4990 B.C.”

That’s right folks, Camping is predicting that the world will end on May 21st of this year. It didn’t end in 1994 when this great mystic made his first prediction and I think it is a pretty safe bet it isn’t going to end on May 21, 2011, and when it doesn’t I hope Family Radio pulls the plug on his mic for good, which in my opinion that is something that should have happened 17 years ago.


About Bobby the Paranormal Skeptic
Bobby Nelson is a skeptic, writer, and co-host of Strange Frequencies Radio. His personal blog can be found online at At one time, Bobby was what could be called a "true believer" in paranormal phenomenon. Having been an active investigator of the paranormal for 12 years with several different Toledo based teams, he has examined countless claims of activity. But years worth of research and investigation proved to him that the evidence for these claims are generally lacking and, furthermore, the vast majority of so-called scientific paranormal investigators were using improper methodologies which caused them to draw both false and misleading conclusions.

5 Responses to Not Again Harold

  1. Steve says:

    I find it interesting that those who follow brother Camping, do so out of documented reason and anylysis. Those who don’t are largely ignorant of the whole subject matter. For example, the “no man knows but the Father” is PART of that scripture which brother Camping has dealt with/discussed innumerable times; why not read the REST of that scripture and see what it says for YOURSELF. Also when brother Camping wrote “1994?” (the question mark was actually part of the title), he definitively stated that (a) 1994 was merely a POSSIBILITY and (b) STATED IN THAT PUBLICATION THAT 2011 WAS A POSSIBILITY AS WELL.
    Far better to just say that you hate brother Camping, his followers, etc. on principle rather than trying to justify it through an ignorant/lazy “analysis” of his work.
    For those who might be interested, is a blog supportive of Brother Camping that is a little less formal than the Family Radio website.

    • Bobby the Paranormal Skeptic says:


      Thank you kindly for your response. However the fact remains, the world didn’t end in 1994 and I am confident it will not end in May. However if it does, I will write a retraction and say Harold Camping was right. Again I am certain I won’t be writing that retraction, what will you say on May 22nd when you wake up and the world is still the same as it was the night before? I expect the same courtesy, an apology here on this site. Thank you.

  2. Gerard Haughey says:

    If the Bible is God’s Word (which it is) which means God said “no man knows the “day” nor the hour- Harold is calling God a liar here? No, Jesus won’t know the day nor will the angel’s but Harold will sit down with a calculator (probably one from a dollar store) and add up some numbers and outdo God’s mysterious ways?

    And now that Harold has figured it all out, Oh well God has to do it anyway. Yep, so God has to now glorify Harold Camping’s math expertise by making sure He does the Rapture on May 21st- And it’s ‘abolutely, positively going to happen’ according to Camping?

    But Camping doesn’t stop there.. He also says the Catholic church is run by Satan- I disagree on this. Of course Catholics sin, but am I supposed to believe that Harold and his follower’s are ‘sinless’ like the Son of God was? So, then if the Catholics are all going to hell because they are sinners- where then are the Christian sinners going? To Harold’s imaginary Heaven that he has created to sell books and get ratings? This is the epitamy of sinning to make a statement like this.. That a man has broken a code of God who created all things.. the universe, the stars, the planet, the human body.. the animals.. and on and on.. Harold has figured out the mind of God? Harold knows who is ‘saved’ because they are ‘reborn’ and have ‘repented’? Yes, there is truth in being ‘reborn’ anyone who reads the bible knows that Jesus says we must be reborn to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven- and yes we must walk in Christ’s light and not sin as we once did. And these things are all 100% true- In fact I am born again and these things are true of me- I am not sinless but certainly I do not sin as did before I was reborn.

    My problem with Harold is that he is cashing in on these remarks.. which btw are remarks being made by a calculator but Harold compares himself to Noah who’s job it was to ‘warn the people’ and give them 7 days notice.. But Noah’s information was given to him by God! Harold is not saying that God came to him with any information because that did not happen?

    Who thinks God’s math could be as easy as that stated in the article above?

    So, what’s my take on ‘end times’ all I can say as a Christian is this; I am ready to go, I hope it is sooner rather than later.. and yet I believe whether the Rapture happens in my day or after I am dead and buried. My only concern is that I might be Saved of Jesus’ mercy-

    I believe what God says “no man knoweth” not what some old man named Harold Camping says probably because he is fearing his own mortality and would much rather be raptured than have to experience death in the flesh … well keep dreaming Harold.. and maybe everyone should start to wonder what will happen to a man like Harold in the afterlife.. if May 21 comes and goes?

    It’s an interesting card he is playing but I would never, ever think to know God- God can put a wrath on a person and no one should ever put themself in a position equal to know what God knows!!!!

    That is dangerous and scary!

    Thank you for calling and sharing!

  3. Meshuga mikey says:

    thought you might enjoy this veiw …….of camping

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