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Harold Camping

AKA Harold Egbert Camping

Born: 19-Jul-1921
Birthplace: Boulder, CO
Died: 15-Dec-2013
Location of death: Alameda, CA
Cause of death: Accident - Fall

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Religion, Radio Personality

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Predicted the end of world, three times

Harold Camping was the founder and president of Family Stations, Inc., which owns and operates a network of over 50 mostly-FM radio stations, broadcasting exclusively Christian fundamentalist programming. From 1961 until 2011, he hosted Open Forum, a live call-in talk show carried on the radio network. He said that all organized churches are apostate, and that believers should abandon their church and form fellowships centered exclusively around Camping's theories.

A former civil engineer who fancied himself an eschatologist, in 1992 Camping gained some national attention when he predicted 6 September 1994 as the End of Days.

As obviously this did not happen, in true Millerite tradition he announced in 2009 that the apocalypse would occur on 21 May 2011. As the date approached, Camping explained on his radio broadcasts that "without any shadow of a doubt" graves would open on that date, and some 200 million of the living and dead would float upwards to Heaven to meet and greet their Lord and savior.

Again his prediction proved incorrect, and amid media reports of several suicides and murders related to his erroneous prophecy, Camping told reporters he was "somewhat bewildered" to have been wrong again. He then released a "recalculated" prediction, concluding, "Thus we can be sure that the whole world, with the exception of those who are presently saved (the elect), are under the judgment of God, and will be annihilated together with the whole physical world on October 21, 2011." A few days after that prophecy failed to come true, Camping retired from running Family Stations, Inc. He died in 2013.


[1] Member of the Dutch Reformed Church until 1988.

Wife: (until his death, six children)

    University: Long Beach City College
    University: BS Civil Engineering, University of California at Berkeley (1942)

    Family Stations, Inc. Founder and President (1958-2011)
    Draft Deferment: World War II hernia
    Stroke Jun-2011
    Dutch Ancestry

Author of books:
Adam When? A Biblical Solution to the Timetable of Mankind (1974)
1994? (1992)
Are You Ready? (1993)
The Fig Tree: An Analysis of the Future of National Israel (1998)
The End of the Church Age... and After (2003)
Time Has an End: A Biblical History of the World 11,013BC -- 2011 AD (2005)



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