Harold Camping, Failed Doomsday Prophet, Currently Missing
Harold Camping, head of the Family Radio broadcasting network that had identified May 21st as the day the world would end, has gone missing since it became clear his predictions were incorrect, according to the International Business Times.
Family Radio, which paid for thousands of billboards across the U.S. and in a number of locations abroad, prompted a number of followers to quit their jobs and use up life savings in order to help spread the word about the upcoming apocalypse.
One follower, Adrienne Martinez, told the IBTimes that she and her husband had spent every penny in their bank accounts. "We budgeted everything so that, on May 21, we won’t have anything left," she said.
Camping, a former civil engineer, used old testament writings to formulate an equation by which he predicted that Saturday would be the day of the return of Christ to Earth as suggested in some of the Bible's prophetic books.
Some local churches have offered support to disappointed followers of Camping in the wake of his falsified predictions. A number of members of Calvary Bible Church in Milpitas, California gathered outside the Family Radio offices today, holding signs and promising care and counseling to any whose expectations of doomsday had gone unmet.
"Churches like ours, he (Camping) says, are of the devil, that the Holy Spirit has left the church and all is left now is a shell. Even though this is what they've been believing and they've been teaching, we love them and we care about them. We don't want them to be hurt. Today is a hard day for them," said James Bynum, a deacon at Calvary Bible Church.