Today Is The Rapture

The following is an excerpt from an interview the New York Times conducted with Harold Camping, the religious nutcase that believes today will bring the Rapture. For those unaware of the Rapture, it’s the event where God will take all of the good Christians up into heaven without them having to die first.


  • How certain are you that world is going to end on May 21 — do you have any doubts?
    God has given sooo much information in the Bible about this, and so many proofs, and so many signs, that we know it is absolutely going to happen without any question at all. There’s nothing in the Bible that God has ever prophesied — there’s many things that he prophesied would happen and they always have happened — but there’s nothing in the Bible that holds a candle to the amount of information to this tremendous truth of the end of the world. I would be absolutely in rebellion against God if I thought anything other than it is absolutely going to happen without any question.
  • But you were wrong the first time you predicted that the end of the world would take place in September of 1994. So you must think, in the back of your mind, that maybe you can’t actually predict when the end of the world will be.

    In 1992, two years earlier than that, I had already begun to see that there was a good likelihood that 2011 would be the end, but at that time when my research in the Bible was not nearly complete — there were whole books of the Bible that I had not gone through yet very carefully — I thought that at that time that there was a possibility it might be 1994, and so I wrote a book, 1994?, but I put a big question mark after it, and in the book it also indicated that 2011 was also a good possibility. And so it was just a preliminary study that I’ve been able to complete during the last fifteen years.

  • Describe to me what exactly you expect to happen on May 21.
    I know reporters don’t like to hear from the Bible, but the Bible has every word in the original language — it was written by God. Incidentally, no churches believe that at all, they don’t hold the Bible in the high respect that it ought to be. But every word was written right from the lips of God, and God declares: [Camping reads various passages from the Book of Revelation describing the Rapture.] In other words, when we get to May 21 on the calendar in any city or country in the world, and the clock says about — this is based on other verses in the Bible — when the clock says about 6 p.m., there’s going to be this tremendous earthquake that’s going to make the last earthquake in Japan seem like nothing in comparison. And the whole world will be alerted that Judgment Day has begun. And then it will follow the sun around for 24 hours. As each area of the world gets to that point of 6 p.m. on May 21, then it will happen there, and until it happens, the rest of the world will be standing far off and witnessing the horrible thing that is happening.
  • If six o’clock rolls around and there are no major earthquakes, are you going to start to get worried?
    It’s going to happen. It’s going to happen. I don’t even think about those kind of issues. The Bible is not — God is not playing games. I don’t even want to think about that question at all. It is going to happen.
  • You haven’t thought about what you’ll tell your followers on May 22 if the Rapture doesn’t take place?
    I’m not even thinking about that at all. It. Is. Going. To. Happen. Because I trust the Bible implicitly, the Bible is God’s word — it’s not from a man, it’s not from an organization of some kind where there’s plenty of room for error. It is the word of God. When God speaks that it is going to happen, the Bible is a very factual book, and God gives many examples of how he has made prophesies and it always has happened in exact accord with what God has prophesied.
  • I know you’re convinced this is going to happen, but if May 22 comes around and you’re still here, can we talk again?
    I can’t even think about that question because you’re thinking that maybe, maybe Judgment Day will not happen. But it will happen, and I believe the Bible implicitly.


    The very interesting thing about Camping’s predictions is that it’s not just non-believers who are ridiculing him, Christians are getting in on the act too. In fact, Christians are even more offended by his claim that he knows exactly when the rapture will be and there’s a gpood reason for them to be. By claiming to know when it is, Camping is putting himself on an equal footing with God and above all of the angels in heaven and Christ himself.

    Now, if you’ve read this page before you’ll know I’m a devout atheist who is offended by any attempt to organise religion at all. I’m also one of those people who likes to know what he’s arguing against so I pretty much know the Christian Bible. The following is from the gospel of Matthew and can be found at 24:30-44.


    “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the tribes of the land will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.


    So there we have it. The Son of God and the angels in heaven don’t know the time and date of the Rapture, but don’t worry, one man figured it out from studying the Bible for a few years. Does anyone else smell bullshit here?

    Still, it would be completely unfair to dismiss this man’s claims simply because he’s claiming to be above spiritual beings and deities so here’s what I think we should do. Every single Christian in the world should leave their addresses in this thread and then us non-believers will know where we should go to clean up after the Rapture. We’ll know where may be on fire due to people cooking, where a pet may be left alone and unfed, where an atheist child that needs to be looked after has suddenly been left alone. In order to save on the paperwork and possible chaos that will arise from their disappearance, all of those Christians should also empty their bank accounts (leaving the money either in plain sight) and leave their doors unlocked so that us non-believers who are good people at heart can look after what they’ve left behind. If you’re a Christian without any atheists in the family or pets that need looking after, then give your house away. Find the nearest homeless person and take them to the lawyers office with you, signing over all of your worldly possessions to them. It’s the Christian thing to do after all, and you wouldn’t want your good fortune to cause others pain and trouble. What, don’t you believe you’re good enough to be taken?

    Just, whatever you do don’t try to help Jesus out by kickstarting the Rapture yourself. Let’s face it, if you believe in this happening today then there’s a good chance that you’re just that insane.

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34 thoughts on “Today Is The Rapture

  1. Originally posted by Nutcase:

    I thought that at that time that there was a possibility it might be 1994, and so I wrote a book, 1994?, but I put a big question mark after it, and in the book it also indicated that 2011 was also a good possibility.

    Ahhh! I see. So he had the date pretty solid back then … with a slight 17-year margin of error.Anyone know how well … or NOT, his 1994 (With the BIG Question Mark) book sold back then?For sure he's an Attention Ho.

  2. Doctor Who isn't on til 6:45 and I download it when it's finished and watch it. You lot may be going but I'm not, at least until I know if I'm right about Riversong being a part of Omega's vanguard.That's right folks, my theory is that the Silence are controlled by Omega, the old time lord who gave them the ability to time travel by inventing a black hole. I think River is something to do with that or a War Lord.

  3. It's past 18:00 here now, and I'm alive and kicking :up:. The sad part about all this is (with the exception of some people obviously not being well) that a lot of his followers have actually already sold their houses and belongings. I read that in a small place somewhere in Asia, an entire village had sold everything and gone to a nearby sort of meeting place.Poor things…

  4. Tho I wonder how many have read the bible in the original Greek not the overly translated English version?

  5. It's a bit disturbing to have Google ads popping up over the Youtube vid, saying "Asian female for Love" and "Discover LG mobile phones" – will that also be taken care of by the "after the rapture pet care"? :left: And it's 8.30 pm here, and there hasn't been earthquakes yet – just for the record. 😉

  6. Originally posted by Chas4:

    Tho I wonder how many have read the bible in the original Greek not the overly translated English version?

    I've read it in Aramaic if that counts. Some words looked quite perverse but Google translate had no problem with them. ;)Originally posted by Zaphira:

    It's a bit disturbing to have Google ads popping up over the Youtube vid

    The reason for that is that they were being accused of conning people out of a subscription fee, so they went entirely ad-funded for a while. Unfortunately some filthy non-believers filled their server with fake entries so they had to start charging again after less than a month. 🙄http://www.aftertherapturepetcare.com/blog/Originally posted by rose-marie:

    It's past 18:00 here now, and I'm alive and kicking .

    Filthy heathen!!!Originally posted by rose-marie:

    The sad part about all this is (with the exception of some people obviously not being well) that a lot of his followers have actually already sold their houses and belongings. I read that in a small place somewhere in Asia, an entire village had sold everything and gone to a nearby sort of meeting place.

    I've normally no patience for people being stupid, but when someone makes an argument like this and makes it convincingly enough, there will be people who get conned by them. It's inevitable and makes me bloody mad. I'm sure the Christian thing to do seeing as he was wrong is to get in touch with that village and use whatever profit he's pulled in from this prophesy to rehouse them all.My own preference would be to blackmail the owner of his local newspaper into running a front page story report that millions of good Christians around the world have simultaneously disappeared. 😉

  7. Originally posted by Chas4:

    ho I wonder how many have read the bible in the original Greek not the overly translated English version?

    It wasn't originally in Greek, although it was thought that parts were 'till recently. A lot of mistakes have come from mistranslations of Hebrew letters. The wikipedia article is to say the least dubious.I'm an aetheist who studied philosphy at an institute mainly run by priests. :p

  8. Well – breakfast was disappointing – I was expecting to be sitting up in the clouds, watching the sodding sunrise, lalala and happy. Where am I? Still in sodding Tuakau! Bollocks. The Crapture, more like 🙄

  9. Originally posted by H82typ:

    Ummm… Is it the 22nd yet, in Oz? Has anyone heard from Clean?

    Originally posted by Furie:

    I know you’re convinced this is going to happen, but if May 22 comes around and you’re still here, can we talk again?I can’t even think about that question because you’re thinking that maybe, maybe Judgment Day will not happen. But it will happen, and I believe the Bible implicitly.

    Curiously, there's no mention yet of his reaction to the rapture not happening on Harold's site yet. I suspect he's holed up somewhere, sitting in a corner, rocking back and forth and whispering, "It will happen, and I believe the Bible implicitly" over and over again.

  10. You know, there is this whole mental health syndrome in Israel where basically fundamentalists from the States show up on one of these packaged Holy Land tours and flip out because they are expecting people in robes like it would have been 2,000 years ago in "Bible times" and they are expecting some sort of religious Disneyland….On the other hand, maybe we could solve some of the problems by creating a retro zone, a buffer between the Israelis and Arabs: I mean, we could try to get that on the table, since nothing else ever seems to work. In the retro zone people could live without electricity dressed in period garb, with a token police force dressed in period Roman uniforms. The people who are expecting Jesus to return would like it there….

  11. it's the event where God will take all of the good Christians up into heaven without them having to die first.

    Then, we who remain here, will have a real party :devil:

  12. I'm disappointed as well. I was hoping I'd have cataclysms and horror all around me now, but nothing happened.

  13. Originally posted by JetPackBulbasaur:

    Happy Doomsday!

    And to you. :cheers:Originally posted by clean:

    I suspect he's holed up somewhere, sitting in a corner, rocking back and forth and whispering, "It will happen, and I believe the Bible implicitly" over and over again.

    I suspect he's flipping through the Usbourne Book Of Excuses For The Apocalypse Not Happening.Originally posted by FlaRin:

    Where am I? Still in sodding Tuakau! Bollocks.

    Are you complaining about being in New Zealand? :mad:Originally posted by gdare:

    Then, we who remain here, will have a real party

    Especially when, after two thousand years I reveal I am God, and the rapture is simply the removal of those people polluting the gene pool to a giant blender. :up:Originally posted by gargoyle38:

    they are expecting some sort of religious Disneyland.

    You know, I bet that'd sell quite well. Congratulations, you must be the first person in the world to have hit on the idea that we could make money from people's misunderstanding of religion. :left:Originally posted by Chas4:

    I just find it strange some of these extreme Christians claim it so because it says in English…

    I saw a great one once where some guy was screaming abuse and claiming God and Jesus are white and spoke in English, which is the holy language…Originally posted by drlaunch:

    I was hoping I'd have cataclysms and horror all around me now, but nothing happened.

    *hands Doc a history book*You slept through it, like Dennis. :up:

  14. What about the believer who spent $140,000 of his savings to purchase billboard and public transportation advertising the second coming? Can he claim a tax deduction?

  15. Oh, fyi: here is a Facebook comment I noted today:Karen Houghtonrapture didn't happen….how do I know? cuz I'm still here…and I know without a shadow of a doubt that I will go when He comes for His children…..

  16. And then there is the whole issue, of whether there should be employment bans for rapture prone individuals : pilots, nuclear power plant operators, medical personnel, railway engineers, etc. whose sudden departure from the Earth would endanger others. Perhaps a simple screening test, administered by the Federal Emergency Management authority:Question 1: In the event of a major supernatural event, how likely are you to vanish in your opinion:1 0-10%2 11-25%3 26-55%4 56-75%5 76% and higherQuestion 2: your answer to Question 1 is based on1. Generalized religious instruction2. Personal vision or experience, including voices3. Having a dream like the one in John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness4. Others {Please explain briefly_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________3. Do you have documentation to support your answers in 1. and 2…..I can only imagine it would be a lot easier to deal with the Prince of Darkness during his 1,000 reign if the infrastructure were more or less intact.

  17. Russ, are you sincerely suggesting FEMA(the guys that "saved" Louisiana) be in charge of anything?@ Mik: I ain' sleepin'. I'm playin' possum. :p

  18. Ah… Don't worry guys. We'll get a new chance on October 21st, according to Camping.Sounds familiar? :left:

  19. I think I see the problem. His eyes are shut so tight, he's basing his prophecies on the insides of his eyelids. The outside world must look like Flatland to him :p

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