Saturday, May 21, 2011
Camping gained notoriety due to his failed prediction that the Rapture would take place on May 21, 2011 and that the end of the world would take place five months later on October 21, 2011. Followers of Camping claimed that around 200 million people (approximately 3% of the world's population) would be raptured. As for the remainder of the human population, Camping himself believes in annihilationism, which is the view that those who are not saved will simply cease to exist, rather than spend eternity in Hell. Those who were "unsaved" and died prior to May 21 would not be affected by the Rapture or the end of the world.
The International Business Times noted that this second failed doomsday prediction will likely destroy Camping's credibility.
The passing of May 21 in New Zealand and Austrialia occurred without any indication of anything other than a normal Saturday. "In the end, however, it seems that Armageddon was a dud", reported Blippit.