89-year-old California evangelical broadcaster Harold Camping informed that the actual apocalypse set to occur on Oct 21. Camping also insisted that Oct 21 has always been the end-point of his own End Times chronology, or at least, his latest chronology.
According to his predictions, the apocalypse would have stroke on May 21, wherever it happens to be 6 pm. It means it will be May 20 night in America when what Camping calls "super terrible" earthquakes will hit New Zealand and trigger destruction.
The earthquakes would have then spread, time zone by time zone. And in the end, the saved, perhaps 2 percent to 3 percent of the world's total population, will be whisked to God, while the rest will be obliterated in what he calls "a super horror story."
He insists his arithmetic was strong and said that the almighty gave humanity 7,000 years to prepare for its destiny, just as Noah (a biblical character) had seven days to prepare for the flood. According to him, May 21 was the end of human history if one counts time by the Jewish calendar.
However, after the failure of his May 21 prediction, Camping's Family Radio network of 66 US shows the board with a message - "This Office is Closed. Sorry we missed you!"
Meanwhile, people started publicising his pronouncement as Family Radio network posted over 2,000 billboards around the country declaring that Judgment Day was at hand, and believers carried the message on placards in shopping malls and street corners.
Now, it will be interesting to know how people will react Camping's latest prediction. Will the world really come to an end on Oct 31? Hope Camping's judgment will prove as a blunder once again.