As crestfallen followers of a California preacher who foresaw the world's end strained to find meaning in their lives, Harold Camping has revised his apocalyptic prophecy, saying the Earth will actually be obliterated on October 21.
Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven on Saturday before global cataclysm struck the planet, has revealed he felt so terrible when his doomsday message did not come true that he left home and took refuge in a motel with his wife.
But he was not backing down on his end-of-the-world theory, apologising only for not having the dates “worked out as accurately as I could have”. Instead of the Biblical Rapture in which the faithful would be swept up to the heavens, May 21 had instead been a “spiritual” Judgement Day, which places the entire world under Christ's judgement.
The globe will be destroyed on October 21 when apocalypse comes, Camping insisted.