Great May21st doomsday article features JWs, too.

by moshe 11 Replies latest jw friends

  • moshe

    So much good stuff this week- can a JW ignore the WT's place as the premier false prophet ? Print this out or email/send to all the JWs/studies you care about.



    Case of poor judgment - US preacher Harold Camping gets it wrong again

    • From correspondents
    • From: AP
    • May 22, 2011 12:00AM
    Rapture believers on May 21

    Believers warn of the impending doom that was due to arrive yesterday / AFP AFP

    • It's May 22, and we're still here
    • So that's good news, right..?
    • But you still have to go to work tomorrow

    THEY spent months warning the world of the apocalypse, some giving away earthly belongings or draining their bank accounts. And so they waited, eagerly or anxiously, for the appointed hour to arrive.


    When 6pm came and went at various spots around the globe, and nothing extraordinary emerged. In Australia and New Zealand, early target of the prediction of Armageddon, and across the world, the deadline was greeted with scepticism and humour.

    "People are making jokes like there's no tomorrow," was one of the top tweets.

    In the US, Keith Bauer - who hopped in his minivan in Maryland and drove his family 4800km to California for the momentous occasion - tried to take it in stride. "I had some scepticism but I was trying to push the scepticism away because I believe in God," he said outside the gated Oakland headquarters of Family Radio International, whose founder, Harold Camping, has been broadcasting the apocalyptic prediction for months.

    I was hoping for it because I think heaven would be a lot better than this earth." But he added, "It's God who leads you, not Harold Camping."

    He now plans to hop back in his minivan and begin the cross-country drive back with his wife, young son and another family relative.

    The May 21 doomsday message was sent far and wide via broadcasts and websites by Mr Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer who has built a multi-million-dollar nonprofit ministry based on his apocalyptic prediction.

    The top trends on Twitter at midday included, at No. 1, #endofworldconfessions, followed by #myraptureplaylist.

    Mr Camping's radio stations, TV channels, satellite broadcasts and website are controlled from a humble building sandwiched between an auto shop and a palm reader's business. Family Radio International's message has been broadcast in 61 languages. He has said that his earlier apocalyptic prediction in 1994 didn't come true because of a mathematical error.

    "I'm not embarrassed about it. It was just the fact that it was premature," he told The Associated Press last month. But this time, he said, "there possibility that it will not happen".

    Why now?

    Mr Camping and his followers believe the beginning of the end will come on May 21, exactly 7000 years since the flood in the biblical story of Noah's Ark.

    Mr Camping believed that some 200 million people would be saved, and that those left behind would die in earthquakes, plagues, and other calamities until Earth is consumed by a fireball on October 21.

    Christian leaders from across the spectrum widely dismissed the prophecy. One local church was concerned that Mr Camping's followers could slip into a deep depression in the aftermath of nothing.

    "The cold, hard reality is going to hit them that they did this, and it was false and they basically emptied out everything to follow a false teacher," a pastor said. "We're not all about doom and gloom. Our message is a message of salvation and of hope."

    As the day drew nearer, followers reported that donations grew, allowing Family Radio to spend millions on more than 5000 billboards and 20 recreational vehicles plastered with the doomsday message.

    In the Philippines, a big billboard of Family Radio ministry in Manila warned of Judgment Day. Earlier this month, group members there distributed leaflets to motorists and carried placards warning of the end of the world.

    Marie Exley, who helped put up apocalypse-themed billboards in Israel, Jordan and Lebanon, said the money helped the nonprofit save as many souls as possible.

    She said she and her husband, mother and brother were glued to the television on Friday night waiting for news of an earthquake in the southern hemisphere. When that did not happen, she said fellow believers began reaching out to reassure each other of their faith in the prophecy.

    "Some people were saying it was going to be an earthquake at that specific time in New Zealand and be a rolling judgment, but God is keeping us in our place and saying you may know the day but you don't know the hour," she said. "The day is not over, it's just the morning, and we have to endure until the end."

    M Camping, who lives a few kilometres from his radio station, was not home to comment on the lack of Rapture.


    1. Followers of William Miller believed the world would end on October 22, 1844.

    2.The Jehovah's Witness religion has predicted the end of the world in 1914, 1915, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975 and 1994.

    3. Charles Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, predicted the world would end in 1794.

    4. Famous forecaster Nostradamus predicted doomsday would happen in July 1999.

    5. English mystic Joanna Southcott predicted the world would end on October 19, 1814, when she gave birth to the Messiah.


    1994- refers to the original 1914 generation that will never end before Armageddon arrives, 80yrs+1914=1994

  • Mary

    It's funny, earlier today, I heard my dad mocking Harold Camping for predicting when The End was coming and how they're all waiting to be raptured up to heaven on May 21, 2011, yet he doesn't for a minute stop to think that what this idiot did is no different than what Charles Russell did in October 1914:

    1975 Yearbook p. 73 Part 1-United States of America

    "An incident at the Saratoga Springs convention in 1914 highlights Brother Macmillan's view of "going home" to heaven in that year. He wrote: "Wednesday (September 30) I was invited to talk on the subject, ‘The End of All Things Is at Hand; Therefore Let Us Be Sober, Watchful and Pray.' Well, as one would say, that was down my road. I believed it myself sincerely-that the church was ‘going home' in October. During that discourse I made this unfortunate remark: ‘This is probably the last public address I shall ever deliver because we shall be going home soon.'"

    The next morning, October 1, 1914, about five hundred Bible Students enjoyed a lovely ride down the Hudson River on a steamer from Albany to New York. On Sunday the conventioners were to open sessions in Brooklyn, where the assembly would end. Quite a few delegates stayed at Bethel, and, of course, members of the headquarters staff were present at the breakfast table on Friday morning, October 2. Everyone was seated when Brother Russell entered. As usual, he said cheerily, "Good morning, all." But this particular morning was different. Instead of proceeding promptly to his seat, he clapped his hands and joyfully announced: "The Gentile times have ended; their kings have had their day." "How we clapped our hands!" exclaims Cora Merrill. Brother Macmillan admitted: "We were highly excited and I would not have been surprised if at that moment we had just started up, that becoming the signal to begin ascending heavenward-but of course there was nothing like that, really." Sister Merrill adds: "After a brief pause he [Russell] said: ‘Anyone disappointed? I'm not. Everything is moving right on schedule!' Again we clapped our hands."

    How exactly is this crap any different than what Harold Camping & Co did?

  • talesin


    Denial is such a force.

    My mother mentioned a couple years ago that she saw an Oprah show on the AMISH, and how horrible it was that they shunned young ones who left their faith. What monsters!


  • moshe
    How exactly is this crap any different than what Harold Camping & Co did?

    Right you are Mary. I am printing this article out to send to some die-hard JWs next week- and the 1984 WT cover showing the original 1914 generationdid pass away.


    Latest News..

    Camping can`t be found right now..


    Only 15 minutes left here..


  • Terra Incognita
    Terra Incognita



    His poster says "be not wise in thine own eyes."


    Does that mean that he already


    considered himself to be a fool?

    Rapture believers on May 21

  • moshe

    Man what a walk of shame these people will have to do come Monday- that is, if they didn't quit their job already.

  • Terra Incognita
    Terra Incognita

    The great disappointment has already begun.

  • creativespirit

    Re the article.....

    I had a CO named Keith Bauer many years ago. Wife was named Charlene.

    Could not possibly be the same one, could it?

  • garyneal

    This has made it to the Jehovah's Witnesses facebook page.!/home.php?sk=group_43847259126&ap=1

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