“Harold Egbert Camping received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1942. He and his family were lifelong members the Christian Reformed Church until the year 1988. He served there as an Elder and Bible teacher for many years. Harold Camping earned his living from his own construction business, which he began shortly after the end of World War II.
In 1958 he, together with two others, formed the non-profit ministry of Family Stations, Inc. (Family Radio – a Christian educational network) in which he has served as President. Eventually Harold Camping sold his business and became a full-time volunteer employer of Family Radio serving as President and as General Manager.
In 1961 Family Radio began the Open Forum program, a live weeknight call-in program hosted by Harold Camping. This program has continued to the present time and is broadcasted on the more than 140 stations owned by Family Radio in the U.S. The Open Forum is also translated into many foreign languages and together with other Family Radio programing is broadcast worldwide via Shortwave, and a network of AM / FM stations. Additionally, most of this worldwide programming is aired by means of Internet (www.familyradio.com).
Harold Camping has authored about 30 books and booklets most of which are available free of charge from Family Radio.”
– A Brief Biography of Harold Camping, President of Family Stations, Inc. taken from FamilyRadio.com
Harold Camping has been preaching for years that the church is now under the judgment of God. He claims that this judgment is inescapable because the church has not removed its “high places” and “their work has been finished.” He claims that God’s work has been frustrated by the church, and after 1900 years of successful church use, He is finished with the church. Camping has come to this understanding through allegorizing the Scriptures and using numerology. In fact, he has stated that there are even those who are “ahead of him” that send him new ideas “he had never seen before.” It was this very method that brought him to make the claim that the “Rapture” would occur in 1994. And yet, here he is. When questioned about this, and how the Old Testament speaks of false prophets, he gave an interesting answer. He said that at that time, the people of old did not have the whole Bible. So, they were speaking about new things that have never been known. But, Camping believes that he is interpreting what has already been said, therefore he claims that he does not fall under the category of “false prophet.” But now, he is saying that the Rapture will take place May 21, 2011. And perhaps you have seen billboards all over your town proclaiming that May 21, 2011 is the end.
“The Bible states in no uncertain terms that Jesus Christ’s return is set for May 21, 2011. This is the day of the Rapture when Christ will gather His people to Heaven. It is also the start of Judgment Day, the time when God will bring an end to this world because of mankind’s sin. The world will remain in the Day of Judgment for 153 days and God will annihilate it October 21, 2011.”
– followers of Harold Camping at http://www.embeddedworks.com/21May2011/
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