After telling many people that Jesus would return on September 6, 1994, Harold Camping of Family Radio continued to set rapture dates. In the following recording, he told the world to be prepared for the coming of Jesus on Christmas Day, 1994. He says it is a burden on his soul when his predictions are incorrect but that "we are to occupy until Christ comes."
He then claimed that Jesus was coming back in less than a week from April 3, 1996.
Camping is now proclaiming that Jesus is coming back on May 21, 2011 … and his followers are digging deep to finance his message.
Some have signed up for extended caravan tours, either across the United States or other countries, to spread the message, and they have been paying for billboards all over the world.
Camping is quite pleased with the caravan program, as shown in the following broadcast:
The latest billboard campaign looks similar to the American Atheists' billboard featuring the three wise men and a nativity scene, with a message that reads "You KNOW It's a Myth." Family Radio's doomsday followers who operate a website called WeCanKnow.com have paid for 50 billboards which are being displayed in Detroit, Nashville, Omaha and elsewhere. Their message is "He Is Coming Again – May 21, 2011" followed with a biblical quote.
The Christian Right Weighs In.
Al Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, laments that Camping's prophesy is an embarrassment to Christianity, adding:
"It's regrettable when Christians give to the secular world a reason for scorn and derision like this, and in doing so disobey Christ himself, who said that we will not know the day nor the hour (Matthew 25:13)."
Earlier this year, Christian Reconstructionist Gary DeMar opined that he can't believe that people take Camping's predictions seriously and questions how engineers like Camping have special insight into the bible.