With far less fanfare than last time, radio minister Harold Camping says the end of the world will happen on Friday, October 21.
He's certain this time. Well, kind of.
Camping's failed prediction of May 21 was preceded by a $100 million ad campaign to warn people to repent, or else. When that date came and went and we were all still here, Camping backtracked slightly and said that Judgment Day did indeed happen, only that he got his calculations wrong as far as when the Earth would actually be destroyed. That day is now set for Friday.
"I do believe we're getting very near the very end," Camping said during a podcast recorded earlier this month and posted on his Family Radio website. "Oct. 21, that's coming very shortly, that looks like it will be, at this point, it will be the final end of everything."
However, the San Francisco Chronicle reports Camping doesn't seem as certain as last time, hedging his bets a bit.
"Probably there will be no pain suffered by anyone because of their rebellion against God," the 90-year-old said. "I really am beginning to think as I've restudied these matters that there's going to be no big display of any kind. The end is going to come very, very quietly."
Camping suffered a stroke in June and only returned to his radio show last month, hence the lack of buildup to this latest prediction.
"We said all we were going to say after May 21," Camping's media liaison Tom Evans said. "There's nothing more or new to say now."