You know that awkward moment when you tell everyone the world's going to end, they freak out and prepare for the apocalypse, and then nothing happens? Well, it gets, like, super-awkward when you do that twice. Just ask Harold Camping, who's pretty mortified that the world didn't end on May 21 or October 21, as he proclaimed.
Camping posted a message on his Family Radio network's website in response to his incorrect predictions. It's just as rambling as you'd expect a nearly six-minute message from a ninety-year-old Doomsday prophet to be, but here are some of the highlights:
"When it comes to trying to recognize the truth of prophecy, we're finding that is very, very difficult. Why didn't Christ return on October 21? It seems embarrassing for Family Radio, but God was in charge of everything and we came to that conclusion after quite careful study of the Bible … I am very encouraged by letters I have received and are [sic] receiving at this time concerning this matter. Amongst other things, I have been checking my own notes more carefully than ever and I do find that there is other language in the Bible that we still have to look at more carefully … We should be very patient about this matter."
Seriously, everyone, I know the rapture is exciting with all that reckoning and the locusts, but you're just going to have to calm down and wait. The good news is that, as Camping says, God is allowing us to continue to cry for mercy in the meantime.
Camping also apologizes for that May 21 incident, noting, "Incidentally, I have been told that I had said back in May that people who did not believe that May 21 should be the rapture date probably had not become saved. I should not have said that, and I apologize for that."
Having to be told what you prophesied and not checking your Bible notes: necessary qualities of a stellar herald of the apocalypse. You keep on keeping on, Harold Camping.