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Harold Camping
Christian Radio host and president of the Family Radio Christian Network Harold Camping, 89, told listeners that, according to Biblically-derived numerology, the Rapture would take place around 6 PM on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Camping stated that the Rapture, during which God's chosen people (roughly 3% of the world's population) would be taken up to heaven, leaving the rest to await the destruction of the world on October 21, would occur according to his predictions "beyond the shadow of a doubt," saying "I know it's absolutely true, because the Bible is always absolutely true." Camping's prediction was met with a lot of criticism, with most Christian groups rejecting his beliefs. As the day passed without incident, Camping, who had previously predicted that the world would end in September, 1994, was unavailable for comment. The curtains on his San Francisco home were drawn and his radio station appeared shut down.
Although as far as anyone could tell no rapture occurred in May, the end of the world is still slated for Friday, October 21. At a May 23rd press conference, Camping said the dud rapture was a "spiritual judgment day" and that the real end of the world is still to come.
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