The world did not end but the expensive prediction will still have fallout. As The Shad wrote on Facebook Sunday, if Pastor Camping, aka, Con Man Camping, was truly serious about using he Bible as prophecy, someone should point him to Matthew, 24:36, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
While it is clearly “Dog Track Time” for old man Camping (put him in a windbreaker, wheel him down to the dog track, pin a note to him and leave him there), the expiration of his 15 minutes isn’t so simple. The Internet is already full of stories about how the old fool will explain being wrong about check-out time. After first saying he was “stunned” by the fact nothing happened (not even a little earthquake), he reportedly has penned a sermon explaining things. One fellow American evangelist says Camping will explain the situation by saying to his radio listeners that “he was not wrong, but that God has heard all the prayers and seen the repentance of people, and in His mercy has postponed the judgment.” Oh, ok.
Reportedly, some of Camping’s followers are considering suing; not because he was wrong, but because he conned them out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Some dipped into their retirement funds, like Robert Fitzpatrick, who spent $140,000 to post billboards advertising for the Day across the nation. Some drove their families across country in pursuit of devout faith (Huffington Post).
It’s only a matter of time before a lawyer in a cowboy hat is on TV telling us, “You have enough to worry about now that the world didn’t end. Let us take care of getting your money back! We’re the Lack-Of-Rapture specialists!” The end may yet be near.