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Crumpled clothing lies on a sidewalk near Harold Camping's Family Radio headquarters in Oakland, a mockery of the rapture that had been predicted for Saturday by the 89-year-old preacher.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

People in costume celebrate as the deadline for the rapture prophesied by Oakland preacher Harold Camping came and went Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A man dressed as Santa Claus pours "Kool-Aid" for partyers outside Harold Camping's Family Radio headquarters in Oakland.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

David Kirk, 31, of Oakland drinks a beer while holding a sign that's self-explanatory -- and quite literal -- outside Harold Camping's Family Radio offices.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Keith and Kellie Bauer of Westminster, Md., spent the week touring the country in anticipation of the rapture predicted by Oakland preacher Harold Camping. Here their son Joshua, 3, and another relative, Thomas Puff, 4, peer inside the closed headquarters of Camping's Family Radio in Oakland.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Keith Bauer places his relative, Thomas Puff, 4, into the car along with other family members and heads off to see the Pacific Ocean. They were disappointed that the rapture predicted by Oakland preacher Harold Camping didn't materialize.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A truck parked in front of the home of Harold Camping's daughter, Sue Espinoza, displays a bumper sticker supporting Camping's well-advertised belief that the rapture was going to come on Saturday, May 21, 2011. The prediction turned out to be wrong, though Espinoza still believes it's in God's hands and can happen anytime. She had planned to spend the day inside her Alameda home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Harold Camping's daughter, Sue Espinoza, waited in her Alameda home for the rapture her father had predicted. It didn't happen.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Harold Camping delivers what he promises is his final appearance on the radio and TV call-in show "Open Forum," which he has hosted for decades.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Harold Camping has predicted that the end of the world will come Saturday starting with a series of earthquakes originating in New Zealand.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Family Stations Inc., of which Harold Camping is president, spent an estimated $100 million to warn the public of his predicted Judgment Day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Mose Macdonald works the impound yard of Stealth Recovery and Towing in Eugene, Ore. on Thursday under the shadow of a billboard proclaiming Saturday as "Judgment Day." An organization run by Harold Camping of Oakland has purchased billboards all over the country proclaiming Saturday will mark the end of the world.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Pietsch / The Register-Guard

Lydia Mallett and John Junstrom spread the word in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday about Saturday, the day they believe will be the beginning of the Rapture.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jim Reed / The Tampa Tribune

Participants in a movement that is proselytizing that the world will end Saturday walk through the streets May 13 in New York City. The Christian-based movement, which claims thousands of supporters around the country and world, was founded by Harold Camping. Camping is president of Family Stations Inc., a religious broadcasting network that promotes the belief that Saturday is Judgment Day. Camping says he came up with this date through a deep and complex study of religious texts. Camping was wrong on his prior end-of-the-world prediction in 1994.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

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20 Comments

  1. May 20, 2011, 9:17 pm

    OMG! I DO NOT believe that this man is a true christian. If he were, then he would KNOW that in the Bible it says that Jesus will come back like a thief in the night. Also, NO ONE knows when that will be. Does he honestly believe that God would only tell him? What makes him so special? I think it is sick how people follow whatever someone else says. Are you people crazy? He is not God! Why are you listening to him. If anything happens tomorrow, it will be a whole lot of caos due to false beliefs. I do pray that the Lord be with these people when they wake up on,Sunday morning and realize what has happened. They have no one to blame but themselves for believing such nonsense. I am of true southern baptist faith. I believe the old fashion ways. My belief of this is that Mr. Camping is a false prophet.

    By: TIna
  2. May 20, 2011, 9:29 pm

    Exclusive photos of Harold Camping and Family Radio. Check it: http://brandontauszik.com/prayformercy

    By: btauszik@gmail.com
  3. May 20, 2011, 11:05 pm

    Most Christians know and understand that Jesus told us that no man knows the day nor the hour of His return. So sad…

    By: Blake
  4. May 20, 2011, 11:43 pm

    I believe in God, not of a sinner just like us. If it doesnt happen with the math problems, it will happen in 2012…. “Only God knows”.

    By: Maricela
  5. May 21, 2011, 7:20 am

    What motivates humans to constantly predict the end of the world? Don't they know how boring heaven will be?

    By: tapston@yahoo.com
  6. May 21, 2011, 9:24 am

    can a brother get a break!

    By: abba foede@gmail.com
  7. May 21, 2011, 12:23 pm

    No Man knows the time or the hour…not even the angels in heaven, not the Son but only the Father in heaven. Read the Bible in it's context.

    By: Meekness1
  8. May 21, 2011, 12:37 pm

    Only God the father knows the day and the hour, him and him alone.

    By: Anonymous
  9. May 21, 2011, 1:25 pm

    I've met Harold Camping, watched him in the studio once, and admire his desire to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    However, despite being a really intelligent man (trained engineer, I believe), he ignores that very clear statement in God's Bible that says the exact date of God's return is not to be known by man, nor by angels, but by God alone.

    I read his book years ago in which he portrayed some type of calculations derived from the Bible & couldn't make any sense out of it. It led me up to a certain point which was understandable and then left me at a black hole.

    I really think his attempt to predict the date of Christ's return is in error and possibly demon influenced to cause trouble within the Christian family and to scare away unbelievers who see his predictions as silly.

    Just the same, Jesus Christ will return and the Bible is accurate and true. For the unbelievers, just understand that the Bible only instructs Christians to inform you, to educate you as to the existence of good vs. evil. If you choose to mock us or disbelieve us, it does not harm us. But that position of yours will be one you regret in the near future. We all die sooner or later. Thats when the unbelievers will be shocked and fearful and particularly those who go out of their way to mock and harass Christ followers.

    By: jjjj@yahoo.com
  10. May 21, 2011, 1:45 pm

    The sad part of this whole thing, Un-belivers will begin to schoff at God and His Word.

    By: bobby.mccl@yahoo.com
  11. May 21, 2011, 2:14 pm

    WHY ARE WE STILL HERE??? IT IS NOW 6:12 P.M. I THOUGHT THERE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SOME KIND OF RAPTURE. YOU NEED TO READ MATTHEW 24:36. NO MAN KNOWS THE HOUR, NOT EVEN THE SON OF MAN HIMSELF!!!!! HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE STILL HERE?

    By: SAFFRON@BLESSED.BM
  12. May 21, 2011, 2:41 pm

    Dunno

    By: hi
  13. May 21, 2011, 2:54 pm

    Why is it said in the Bible…That no one knows the coming of the Son of Man, but the Father, not even Jesus??

    By: rem1273@aol.com
  14. May 21, 2011, 5:33 pm

    THIS IS THE SECOND FAILURE OF PREDICTION OF THE RAPTURE. READ THE BIBLE THERE ARE STILL SIGNS BEFORE THE RAPTURE, LIKE 3 YEARS OF WORLD PEACE THAT AINT GOING ON ANY TIME SOON. AND THE NEW WORLD LEADER AS THE ANIT-CHRIST. COME ON PEOPLE NO ONE WILL KNOW THE DAY OF HIS RETURN, IT SAYS THIS IN BLACK AND WHITE WHICH IS THE SAME BOOK CAMPING SAYS HE READS. READ IT YOUR SELF AND STOP…… LISTENING TO MORONS
    WHO THINK THEY ARE IN TOUCH WITH GOD. READ THE BIBLE YOUR SELF.

    By: CRAIG SPELL
  15. May 22, 2011, 9:13 am

    Jesus our saviour said in the book of Matthew 24:36, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." He went on further to say in verses 44 of Matt.24, "Therefore be also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. The word of God is consistent.
    In Matthew.25:13 says, "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.'[ Mark.13:32 is also consistent. For there shall arise false Christ and false prophets.Mark13:22, Matt:24:11,24. 2 Peter 2:1 .

    By: brebre66@aol.com
  16. May 22, 2011, 10:14 am

    Wow how many times are people going to re-type in the "no one knows the day or…bla bla bla".

    By: Doba
  17. May 22, 2011, 11:37 am

    I love that Christians think this guy is nuts, not because he thinks the hand of god will lift believers up into the sky, but because he said he knew when it would happen.

    Yeah… that's the far-fetched bit.

    By: theadrenaldregs
  18. May 22, 2011, 5:12 pm

    I guess I've got to be the one to say here that not all God-lovin' folk are Christian. I find it so sad that so many Americans think Christianity is the only way to Divine love and truth. Just quoting the bible won't make what it says so. God is Love. That is, I think, all we can say with 100% certainty. The bible is but one book written by men that tries to explain God. In the words of Michael Franti "God is too big for just one religion!"

    By: katy-k
  19. May 24, 2011, 12:12 am

    How about mocking the "demon influenced"…. they're playing for team Satan, so might as well.

    By: demon_mocker
  20. June 13, 2011, 11:05 am

    There are only two places to be after death, so you will either be in Heaven praising the one and only GOD, or you will be in Hell.. Sufferring forever. People think its a joke, which is quiet sad, but if you choose to not follow God, you will know what all US Christians were talking about. I pray that you May get to know God before the day you part from this earth. The Rapture is coming, but the bible says that no one knows the day nor the hour only God, not even the Angels in heaven or Jesus know that time, put if you read the bible you wil see that a lot of the things that are in the bible told for these days are coming to pass.

    By: danna@yahoo.com

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