A stunned Harold Camping didn't know what to say, as he was sure this was the day. A couple of days after the supposed rapture was to occur, a more confident Harold came back and said that it had indeed happened, but he had misunderstood how it would actually play out. It seems that October 21, 2011, is when the world will definitely, utterly and totally come to an end... really.
Harold Camping's organization took in $18.3 million during 2009, according to the IRS, and had assets in excess of $104 million. A large portion of that had to be used to plaster the fleet of RV's and 5000 + billboards world-wide that were decorated with the May 21st Judgment Day announcement about to happen; not to mention all the costly marketing strategies used to get more followers on board and more donations rolling in. I'm sure we'll never really know how much money has stayed within the organization and how it benefited only the small group who orchestrated this sham. The fortunes this organization received not only before, but also after the May 21st failure, will presumably continue to thrive after October 21st, as well. They made out like bandits, but the people who believed in Harold Camping and his message paid dearly; losing their money, their grip on reality and some even their lives.
The AP reported, “ The globe will be completely destroyed in five months, he said, when the apocalypse comes. But because God's judgment and salvation were completed on Saturday, there's no point in continuing to warn people about it, so his network will now just play Christian music and programs until the final end on Oct. 21.” Oh, joy, no more mini-vans or billboards or hysterical news reporting that the end of times is definite once again. Sadly, there are still people who hang on to the hope or strong conviction that Harold Camping is right this time, as if all his previous failed predictions didn't matter. They continue to see October 21st as their last day because they believe we are the crazy ones for shaking our heads.
Harold Camping suffered a stroke in June 2011 and now resides in a retirement home. My guess is that he is well taken care of and should meet his maker in style, but will he be around to witness another failed prediction? Who knows, but it sure would be sweet justice to see the look on his face when it doesn't come true again. It might also be a learning experience for all those who initially disengaged from reality before the first prediction and continued to follow this nonsense after it. Maybe.
I predict that this earth will continue to see people who abdicate their ability to use common sense or use wise judgment. Will this prediction come true? Definitely.