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Judgement Day is now October 21, says preacher

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Harold Camping in 2008

Harold Camping

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California preacher who foretold of the world's end only to
see the appointed day pass with no extraordinarily cataclysmic event has revised
his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was off by five months and the Earth
actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21.
Harold Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to
heaven Saturday before catastrophe struck the planet, apologized Monday evening
for not having the dates "worked out as accurately as I could have."
He spoke to the media at the Oakland headquarters of his Family Radio
International, which spent millions of dollars_ some of it from donations made
by followers -- on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the
Judgment Day message.
It was not the first time Camping was forced to explain when his prediction
didn't come to pass. The 89-year-old retired civil engineer also prophesied the
Apocalypse would come in 1994, but said later that didn't happen then because of
a mathematical error.
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 plays Christian music and programs until the final end on October
21.
Camping offered no clues about Family Radio's finances Monday, saying he could
not estimate how much had been spent advertising his prediction nor how much
money the nonprofit had taken in as a result. In 2009, the nonprofit reported in
IRS filings that it received $18.3 million in donations, and had assets of more
than $104 million, including $34 million in stocks or other publicly traded
securities.
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