Despite the egg on his face, Harold Camping won't back down from his claim that Judgment Day is near. After his predicted May 21 date apparently came and went without incident, Camping has now set a new date of October 21.
But will anybody believe him this time?
Speaking on his radio show on Monday, the 89-year-old Camping said the Rapture actually did at least begin on Saturday. "God again brought Judgment on the world," he said, according to a report in the New York Daily News. He said people will be "sentenced" on October 21, at which time the world will end.
"We've always said May 21 was the day, but we didn't understand altogether the spiritual meaning," Camping said during the 90-minute broadcast.
Camping originally said believers would be elevated to Heaven on Saturday, and then there would be "Hell on Earth" for five months until it is destroyed on October 21.
Camping said he is ending his billboard campaign and will not issue any more warnings. "The world has been warned," he said. "We don't have to talk about this anymore."
But will anybody believe him this time around?
"It's like getting slapped in the face," said New York resident Jeff Hopkins, who added he was "mocked and scoffed and cursed at" for promoting Camping's first prediction. "Now I've been stymied."
Even a Camping employee is disillusioned "I thought he would show some more human decency in admitting he made a mistake," said Josh Ocasion, who runs the teleprompter for Camping during TV broadcasts. "We didn't really see that."
Camping did, kind of, sort of, apologize. "If people want me to apologize, I can apologize yes," he told reporters.
As far as whether he will give money back to people who spent all of theirs in anticipation of not needing it anymore, the answer is a stern no. "Why would we return it?" Camping asked, insisting the world will end in a few short months anyway.
So the money stays in Camping's pocket.