Harold Camping is dead at the age of 92.
On December 15th, Camping was found dead after suffering a fall on November 30th. He was unable to recover from his injuries and died peacefully surrounded by his family, according to an email from Family Radio.
Harold Camping is best known for his failed end of the world prediction in 2011. Originally, Camping had predicted the world would end on May 21, 2011. When that day came and passed, he changed his calculations to say that the Bible was actually pointing him to October 21, 2011. As we all know, that day came and passed, as well.
Camping issued a statement in 2012 apologizing for his attempt to predict the return of Jesus and the end of the world. He offered no such predictions after that.
“Even the most sincere and zealous of us can be mistaken,” Camping and Family Radio staff stated in the letter.
“We realize that many people are hoping they will know the date of Christ’s return. In fact for a time Family Radio fell into that kind of thinking. But we now realize that those people who were calling our attention to the Bible’s statement that ‘of that day and hour knoweth no man’ (Matthew 24:36 & Mark 13:32), were right in their understanding of those verses and Family Radio was wrong. Whether God will ever give us any indication of the date of His return is hidden in God’s divine plan.”
The failed predictions were not Camping’s only mistakes. He had predicted that the world would end on September 6, 1994. That prediction received less attention since it happened before the age of the internet.
Camping’s following came through the Family Radio network of stations he helped found in 1959. The Oakland based station conducted daily on-air Bible studies and hosted a nightly “Open Forum” call-in show about Bible questions.
Camping was well loved by his Radio followers, and they left many kind messages for the family on the Family Radio website. Harold Camping is survived by his wife of 71 years, Shirley.