No Apocalypse now, but check out October 21
Published 25/05/2011 | 05:00
Doomsday 'prophet' Harold Camping has revised his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was out by five months.
His revised estimate suggests that the Earth will actually be obliterated next October 21.
Mr Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven last Saturday before global cataclysm struck the planet, said that he felt so terrible when his message did not come true that he left home and took refuge in a motel with his wife.
His independent ministry, Family Radio International, spent millions -- some of it from donations made by followers -- on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 recreational vehicles, plastered with the judgment day message.
Follower Jeff Hopkins spent a good deal of his own retirement savings on money to power his car so people would see its ominous lighted sign showcasing Camping's May 21 warning.
"I've been mocked, scoffed and cursed at and I've been through a lot with this lighted sign on top of my car," said Mr Hopkins, a former television producer who lives in Great River, New York.
Mr Camping, who made a special appearance before the press at the Oakland headquarters of the media empire on Monday evening, apologised for not having the dates "worked out as accurately as I could have".