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article imageHarold Camping is 'embarrassed' world did not end on Oct. 21

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By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 1, 2011 in Religion
Oakland - Harold Camping of the Family Radio network, who predicted the world will end on October 21, has said he is embarrassed the world did not come to an end on October 21 after all.
According to KBOI2.com, Harold Camping has expressed his embarrassment that God did not destroy the world on October 21 as he predicted. In the statement posted on his website, Harold Camping said:
"When it comes to trying to recognize the truth of prophecy, we're finding that it is very, very difficult...We're ready to cry out and weep before God: `Oh Lord, you have the truth, we don't have it.'"
CNN reports that after his October 21 Judgment Day prediction failed, his Family Radio said: "We are to live so that we are ready for the return of Christ, and even pray for it...But we also rejoice in every new day, that we've been given another day to occupy and serve our Lord."
Harold Camping, according to CNN, had earlier posted on his website, detailed explanation of why his earlier prediction that Rapture ("beginning of the end") would fall on May 21 failed. The explanation, according to CNN, was removed after the October 21 prediction also failed.
Camping's original prediction was that the "saved" would be Raptured on May 21, while the "leftovers" face horror of Judgment Day, scheduled, according to Camping, for October 21.
When the May 21 prediction of rapture failed, an apparently bemused Camping emerged, after going into hiding for a few days, and explained to disappointed followers, some of whom had squandered their life savings in anticipation of Rapture, that God was showing mercy by delaying Rapture. But he stuck to his prediction of October 21 as Judgement Day, now explaining that God had merged Judgment and Rapture into one single event on his end-time timetable.
Camping has not altogether abandoned his belief in Rapture and Judgment even after consecutive failures of his predictions. He is now only adopting a more "fluid" approach in expectation. According to Harold Camping's new flexible schedule for Rapture and Judgment:
"Thy command is still to occupy until he comes...We are still to go teach and tell. Every day we, who are Christians, live in attention."
CNN reports that when Judgment Day failed to come on October 21 (as everyone but Camping and his followers expected), some of his followers, who gathered for Sunday worship, after they noticed their numbers were down, began wondering whether Rapture had happened and they had been left behind.
Brandon Tauszika, a documentarian CNN reports had been attending the Campingnite meetings, and studying the group, said:
"Numbers were a bit down, for the first time I had ever seen, but people showed up much like they did after May 21...People were coming together, speaking outside, asking where we went wrong."
God Discussion had reported on Harold Camping's elaborate predictions for May 21 Rapture, the "beginning of Judgment Day." According to God Discussion, in his prediction of events on May 21, Harold had given graphic details in an interview with New York News and Features:
"...when the calender says it is May 21 in your city or country and the clock says it is about 6 p.m., Judgment Day will be ushered in by a massive earthquake...Judgment quake has been slated by God for exactly 6 p.m. on May 21 on your local clock, the quake will follow the sun around the globe for 24 hours. And as the quake hits each section of the globe in turn, the rest of the world where the local time is not yet 6 p.m. will be sitting glued to their TV sets and Radios and Internet following the news of the approach of the great big Judgment Day quake, watching helplessly afar off as the quake waves approach their section of the globe."
CNN reports there persists a core group of Camping followers whose faith remain intact in spite of the disappointments of failed predictions, and who are following Camping's advice to "...occupy until he comes..."
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