Family Radio Preacher Revises 'End Of World' Prediction
May 24, 2011 at 4:02 AM (PT)
FAMILY RADIO INTERNATIONAL's HAROLD CAMPING, who predicted the end of the world on SATURDAY, MAY 21st, apologized last night for not having the dates "worked out as accurately as I could have." The preacher now says he was off by five months and the Earth actually will be obliterated on OCTOBER 21st.
THE WASHINGTON POST reports CAMPING, "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. 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."
THE CHRISTIAN POST notes, "A longtime employee at FAMILY RADIO said HAROLD CAMPING spent around $100 million to advertise his MAY 21st end times prediction. MATT TUTER, FAMILY RADIO's International Projects Manager, said most of that money came not from donations, but from the sale of property -- more specifically, KFTL television and an FM station."