Wacky Rev: Failed Doomsday Predictions "Embarrassing"

Harold Camping says he's retiring

By Greg Wilson
|  Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011  |  Updated 8:21 AM EDT
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Wacky Rev: Failed Doomsday Predictions "Embarrassing"

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Harold Camping can't figure out why the world hasn't come to an end.

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Doomsday prophet Harold Camping admits that"it seems ebarrassing" that his predictions of the end of the world keep flopping, and says he's getting out of the game.

"When it comes to trying to recognize the truth of prophecy, we're finding that it is very, very difficult," Camping says in an audio message recently posted on his Family Radio website.

Using a nutty calculation he says is based on codes from the Bible, Camping has three times predicted the end of days, only to have the stubborn sun rise the next morning. His first came in 1994, then he gained international headlines with a bold prediction on May 21 of this year. When that didn't happen, he rechecked his math and pronounced Oct. 21 as the new Armageddon.

"Why didn't Christ return on Oct. 21? It seems embarrassing for Family Radio," Camping said. "But God was in charge of everything. We came to that conclusion after quite a careful study of the Bible."

Now, according to the Christian Post, the 90-year-old Camping is retiring.

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