Harold Camping Resigns – Harold Camping, the preacher who made two false world-end predictions in 2011, reportedly resigns from Family Radio and apologizes for his mistakes. The California radio preacher made a name for himself and Family Radio by claiming the world would end on May 21, then again on October 21.
Now he has decided to resign, apologizing for leading his followers astray and admitting that he finds the whole thing rather embarrassing. He was ridiculed when he claimed humanity would be wiped out with a series of earthquakes before months of torment for those left behind.
When his predictions failed on May 21, 2011, he claimed it was only a spiritual judgement, and the actual end of the world would be October 21, 2011. Harold also suffered a stroke after the May prediction failed.
‘We’re living in a day when one problem follows another,” he said on the Family Radio website before he resigned. Followers were crestfallen when the rapture did not occur, particularly those who had quit their jobs or donated their life savings
“It seems embarrassing for Family Radio. But God was in charge of everything. We came to that conclusion after quite careful study of the Bible,” Camping said.
Camping added that he was wrong to say earlier this year that people who did not believe May 21 was the rapture date were not saved by God. “I should not have said that and I apologize for that,” he said, adding that people should not feel they have been “abandoned by God.”
Harold’s daughter Susan Espinoza said after the October failure that members of Family Radio had been told not to talk to the media. Last month’s prophecy was low-profile, compared to the 5,000 billboards posted around the U.S. that declared the end was near in May.