Big Time Sissyass Stuff: False Prophet Harold Camping Leaves His Supporters With Light Wallets

Harold Camping has grown a televangelist radio empire from $22 million in assets in 2002 to more than $117 million today by collecting donations from the gullible who have been taken in by his false claims that he’s somehow a prophet, er, is that a profit? Yesterday, the latest claim of the end of the world didn’t happen, as expected. Today, Harold Camping is mum and is nowhere to be found. But, then again, who in their right mind would follow some wacky radio preacher who looks like he’s descended from a rat? The only thing that Harold Camping did for many was to reassert some belief that maybe evolution is a correct theory after all.

Camping spent $1 million on a billboard campaign to proclaim his alarmist end of the world message. Not only didn’t the rapture not happen, but he brought a wave of fresh ridicule on the Christian faith which is too often publicly characterized by kooks and nuts like Camping who proclaim absurd things or stubbornly promote bizarre views on politics, claiming God’s support for their actions. The ultimate in religious extremism was also characterized by Osama bin Laden and his followers who used God to justify terrorism and murder. By comparison, Harold Camping is much more benign, although he has fleeced his listeners out of millions of dollars.

Part of the problem with Harold Camping’s views is that the “rapture” isn’t even mentioned anywhere in the Bible. It’s totally a made-up concept that some modern self-styled Christians have invented. Further, in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel, the coming of a Messiah was meant to rescue Jerusalem from a certain fall to enemies. The fact of the matter is that the Old Testament and especially the book of Ezekiel are the history of Israel and it’s people. Christians hijacked this religion in the first century and the centuries beyond, not wanting to wait until Jerusalem fell again in modern times, wanting a Messiah now, looking to Jesus, creating many unusual new beliefs far beyond what was actually written in the New Testament including a belief in a “rapture” in which 144,000 of the most faithful are taken up to Heaven before the Earth is destroyed. However, the scientific reality is that the Sun that heats the Earth should last for about 3-4 billion more years before this star collapses and destroys the Earth and all of the planets in this solar system. If humans don’t find a way off this solar system by then, meaning that life on this Earth is doomed. But that’s a long long time from now. Urgency isn’t an issue here.

The real end of the Earth is most likely billions of years into the future when the Sun finally dies like so many other stars that have died. That’s a long time after Harold Camping and all of his followers will have passed away. But for today, Harold Camping has made himself a millionaire by proclaiming false prophecy. Today, a lot of people are laughing at Harold Camping, probably including God as well.

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  • Fightinirish1377

    Good article. Except you are wrong on one point.  The rapture is mentioned in the bible.  It is mentioned in the New Testament.  Multiple books in fact.  It is not tied to the 144,000.  You have your facts wrong.  As for Harold Camping. The man is a nut.  Nobody can predict the rapture, the tribulation or any of it.   

    • Jay

      The bible has been re-written many times with some books removed. Its not intact. There’s an old saying, “Don’t believe everything you read or hear.”. Harold Camping and the bible as it is today, being two examples of that.  

    • Wymzie

      No, You are wrong.  The word ‘Rapture’ is NOWHERE in the Bible.  It is a rather recent interpretation by a woman in post Civil War destruction that interpreted the devestation around her and the writings of John in Revelation to create an entire theology.
      The Catholics don’t believe in a Rapture.  They believe that Christ will return to rule and reign on earth, but they don’t believe, that we get outta the Great Tribulation that easy.
      All Christian religions were founded and based upon rebellion to the Catholic Church that can actually trace it’s roots back to the Apostle Peter, when Jesus himself placed his hand on his head and said ‘Upon this rock I will build my church’.  Peter was then the first Pope and when he retired he placed his hand on the next mans head and passed on the mantle of faith, and thus this has taken place eache and every time.
      All other denominations out there can maybe trace their lineage back 200 years not 2000, but most can only go back a few decades.

      • Jean_seide

        The peter that started the catholic churh was Simon Magus.
        Peter was not ordained to preach in Rome to the gentiles that was Apostle Paul’s job

    • Jean_seide

       Where in the bible is it mentioned?

  • cdee1

    I could be wrong on this but, I do believe Camping spent his own money on this as well, so I’m pretty sure he didn’t make himself a millionaire out of this as you state. He’s probably just as devastated as the rest of his followers.

    • Jay

      Really? All those millions donated to Camping and you actually think he might be broke? Give you head a shake. The man is not a fool, he’s a sly fox who’s put one over on his followers once again. It’s Campings followers that are the fools for believing his rediculous end of the world story. Do you not get it? Camping & his family are laughing all the way to the bank..  He has millions in investments & properties, all thanks to the generosity of his followers. 
       I can’t believe you said, or even think such a thing? That makes you as gullible as the foolish people who gave their life savings to Camping to support his phoney prediction.  

       Like it’s been said.. “There’s a fool born every minute.”

      You cdee1, suit that saying to a tee! 

  • Anonymous

    John 14:1-3 often quoted as a proof text does not suggest multiple simultaneous resurrection – it suggests gathering of the living and the wording about ‘many rooms’ and ‘preparing’ is a powerful metaphor but not a literal description.  This was one of many distinct analogies Jesus drew for his followers; if we took them all literally (lambs coming to the shepard, going to the Father’s house for a prepared room, grapes being harvested) we would have to believe in sheep growing on grapevines being transported to a house on the last day.  This wording is allegorical and gave early persecuted Christians the hope they needed and deserved for promise of ultimate good as an outcome of their suffering.  The entire Revelation is an allegory of evil versus good, with Good winning.  The reference to “horses”, for example, in Revelation, show the allegory is tied to themes of military power of that era.  Why would God have horses in both heaven and the eurasian land mass but not in the Americas or Australia?  John was reaching for imagery that fit his time, even though much of the imagery is around man-made constructs such as trumpets, spears, streets, and farming. 

  • David P

    You are incorrect when you say the rapture is not mentioned in the Bible. While Camping’s unsound methods and attempt to compute a date are indefensible, the event itself is clearly described in the New Testament.

    1 Corinthians 15:51-53: “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

    1 Thessalonians 4:13-17: “But I would not have you to be
    ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even
    as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
    even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say
    unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the
    coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself
    shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and
    with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which
    are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to
    meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

    • Defiantnxx

       Amen brother, more should read the word. It’s a promise that was made and is in the process of being fulfilled.

    • Jean_seide

       The rapture is not mentioned anywhere in the bible because it is not sound teaching.
      1 Corinthians 15:51-53 mentions the last trump key word last trump
      The book of Revelations talks about seven trumpets with Christ coming at the last trumpet, since God is not the author of confusion this rapture theory is man made.
      The sequence of events has God warning people to come out Babylon culminating to the last trump signifying the return of Christ, in between that you have the emergence of the anti christ ,false prophet plagues,wars,famine ect….
      then Christ. No Rapture

  • Just another horrible person in a long line of charlatans.  His job is only made easier using the guise of religion.

  • Michael Laprarie

    I would disagree that Camping has “made himself a millionaire.”  From all that I have read, his organization spent a significant amount of money on its worldwide Judgment Day marketing campaign.  AFAIK, all the money they raised to promote Judgment Day was used exactly for that; it did not end up in Camping’s pockets.  But I do feel sorry for the poor saps who made very poor financial decisions because they thought the world was about to end.

  • Paul Hooson

    Hello, Michael. Certainly, Harold Camping hasn’t made himself a millionaire solely from this nonevent. But, the trend is clear since 2002, Camping has preached an alarmist message, that appeals to some gullible people who have significantly grown his empire faster than most corporations. And that’s newsworthy right there.

    In the long run, it will be interesting whether Camping’s empire continues to grow at the huge rate of expansion, or whether his latest cry of “wolf” has finally shook his true believers enough to recognize that they’re only contributing to some bizarre personality cult.

  • Adamalfredson

    You can’t pick and choose what you believe in the bible, and the rapture isn’t made up at all if you were to pick up the bible and read it you’d know that