Rapture Isn't Tomorrow—It Starts Tonight

6pm May 21 arrives at International Dateline at 11pm PST
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2011 2:32 PM CDT
Rapture Isn't Tomorrow —It's Tonight
In this Dec. 12, 2002 file photo, Harold Camping speaks while holding the Bible, in San Leandro, Calif.   (AP Photo, File)

Set your clocks folks, the rapture is at 6pm sharp tomorrow. So sayeth Harold Camping, the 89-year-old preacher whose Family Radio group is behind all those billboards you’ve been seeing. But wait, Tina Dupuy of the Atlantic asks, is that Eastern or Pacific? Both, Camping replies: God will courteously stagger the show according to time zone, so the first victims will actually head toward the exit when it hits 6pm somewhere between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and Nuku’alofa, Tonga. That's 11pm PST tonight, notes DuPuy.

Asked how his group intended to mark the occasion, Camping replied, “We’re not planning anything at all.” He’s just going to sit back and watch news footage of the carnage. “It’s going to be a horror show of tremendous proportion.” Asked about the last time he predicted the end of the world in 1994, Camping replies, “I’m not a bit embarrassed about that. You know anytime we’re learning—and the bible is really complex.” Click to read about how the end of times is causing family dramas. (Read more Harold Camping stories.)

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