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Harold Camping speaks during a taping of his show Open Forum in California last night. Camping now says the world will end in October. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Apocalypse Soon

The end is nigh, again: Camping revises rapture date

The end of the world is still five months away, says the preacher who had first said we were set for doom last weekend.

THE AMERICAN PREACHER who had forecasted that the world would end on May 21 – last Saturday – has admitted that he miscalculated the Bible, but says the rapture will still come in the coming months.

Speaking on a radio broadcast last night in his first public remarks since the May 21 ‘doomsdate’, Harold Camping said he had come to realise that May 21 was not the date on which the world would end, but rather the date on which the ‘end’ would begin.

“We’re not changing a date at all, we’re just learning that we have to be a little more spiritual about this,” the San Francisco Chronicle quotes Campaign as saying in his weekly 90-minute radio broadcast.

But on October 21, the world will be destroyed. It won’t be five months of destruction: it will come at once.

Camping said that his Family Radio network would not be repeating its high-profile ‘awareness’ campaign about the oncoming apocalypse, shunning its previous countdown tack in favour of a more wholesome spiritual message.

“The world has been warned – my, it has been warned,” Camping said, saying his campaign had served to ‘warn’ Earth of the impending Judgement Day.

Camping had apparently calculated that the end of the world would come precisely seven millennia after the Great Floods of Christian teaching, which are said to have created the seas.

The revision is not Camping’s first: in 1992, he predicted that the world would end in September 1994, and later attributed Earth’s survival to a mathematical error on his own part.

Previously: Hooray! If you’re reading this the world hasn’t ended >

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