Harold Camping Was Wrong

Yeah, yeah. No surprise there. Just as when May 21st turned out to be a bust, now Camping and his crew are doing their usual spin. At the end of this post you will find today’s email from Harold Camping to his followers explaining why Sunday, and not Friday is when the end will REALLY come.


Notice that in the email he chooses option #2, which confirms his biases. This is another classic case of confirmation bias. He took an option, that while still uncomfortable, also let a possible solution that made him feel better. Camping, like most other human beings, is dealing with cognitive dissonance in the best way he knows how: by offering himself two solutions, one of which his cognitive dissonance will push him towards because it is more comfortable. The idea that his Biblical Calendar is wrong, probably causes pain. Perhaps even physical pain. At the age of 90, he may not be willing or able to take option number one.

Rather than using this as a learning experience, Camping is allowing his confirmation bias to make his decisions for him. It also doesn’t help that he has people willing to encourage his biases. You can see an example of this in the letter he sent out (below). Though, since the debacle of May 21, the number of followers has dropped drastically.

Another reason that Camping is wrong is that he is using flawed data as a basis for his theory. Using the Bible as a basis, rather than historical documents, is faulty at best. As many times as that book has been re-written and re-interpreted, there is no way it could be considered an actual historical document. As has been discussed before on this site, make sure you are using a credible source for your research.

The Bible is NOT a credible source. Unfortunately Camping doesn’t seem to realize this. A credible source is one that is scientifically testable and verifiable by other credible sources. While there are some parts of the book that may be historically accurate, books like Revelations are not credible sources.

What follows is the email from Harold Camping:

Seeing it is now clear that the Lord did not return on October 21, we are left with two possible


1.    The biblical calendar of history discovered about 40 years ago is incorrect in some way.

2.    The biblical calendar of history is correct, but we are missing some additional information.

Based upon all the evidence and support for the biblical calendar (see Evidence and Proofs for

the Calendar), I do believe the best reasonable conclusion at this time would be #2. Exactly what

additional information might be missing is currently being examined by many, I am sure. I, myself,

have not had much time to yet consider, but I have received via email one possibility given below.

As I just stated, I have not as yet had time to consider myself with all the emails I am getting, so

I am just emailing this very unproven and incomplete at this time possibility in the email below.

Please understand that if you email me or have recently emailed me, it may be some time before

I can get to your email. I am no longer receiving new submissions on the contact form of the site

until I get more caught up with emails, and I may soon disable the join email list form as well. I

am only one person attempting to do the work of many individuals, so please be patient and




Bob James and I have been talking and believe that there is a possibility that we will be “caught up” on resurrection Sunday.  We’ve compiled a few verses but basically it’s a similar pattern to the completion of the Passover Feast.  Christ was taken on a Thursday and died on a Friday completing the Passover Feast.  His resurrection came 3 days after Thursday – not Friday. 

The Feast of Tabernacles has a similar Thursday / Friday pattern with the extra day referenced in 2Ch 7:10.  Could it be that our resurrection will also be 3 days after Thursday – not Friday?

We know that the Feast of Tabernacles is complete.  It celebrates the fact that all of His elect have come into the fold and that our dwelling place is with God.  Now we wait for the resurrection, just as there was a wait for the resurrection of Christ.  We are identified with the same 3 days in Matt 12, Matt 16, and Lk 11

Mat 12:39  But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
Mat 12:40  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Mat 12:41  The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
Mat 12:42  The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

The resurrection of the believers are “the sign” given at the end of the world that the end has come.

Mat 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Mat 24:31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

In Hosea 6, God references the third day which identifies with our resurrection.  We know that this will only come after God has saved all of His elect which would have been completed with the end of the latter rain.  It’s only then that God will bring the resurrection of our bodies.  Much as there were rains that produced the salvation of our souls, our bodies will be resurrected gloriously and our salvation will be complete.  

Hos 6:1  Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
Hos 6:2  After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
Hos 6:3  Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

Another 3 day reference is found in Esther.  We are told that the Jews were allowed to arm themselves and to destroy their enemies beginning on the thirteenth day.

Est 9:1  Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king’s commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them, (though it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them;)
Est 9:2  The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people.

Interestingly, God adds 2 more days to this time in Esther, totaling 3 days.

Est 9:18  But the Jews that were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.

The Jews in Shushan fought for 2 days and rested the third day.  If we consider the Feast of Tabernacles, Thursday to Friday (day 1), Friday to Saturday (day 2) and , Saturday to Sunday (day 3)

Since none of the scoffers have heard of Christ coming on Sunday, He will come as a thief in the night to a greater degree for the lost of this world.  

Perhaps others can add to this.  This was done quickly and all corrections / additions will be greatly appreciated.  Once again, this is being presented as a possibility since it may very well occur within the next few hours.

In Him,

Anthony Hernandez

In addition to the Bible study below by Mr. Hernandez and Mr. James, Joshua 1 is very important — here the Jews had to wait to the 3rd day to enter the Promised Land; also please look at Exodus 19:1, 11 and 15 [from Mr Carman]…God came down the 3rd Day.  Others have located dozens of verses aimed at the importance of the 3rd Day, as Christ was raised then —Mr. Berry reminds that each Pentecost was on a Sunday, as was Resurrection Day [Easter]–Christ arose when it was DARK on Sunday—before dawn [it’s nearing that time in a few hours in Jerusalem]…watching and waiting.   Note I circulated this study BEFORE Oct 21st had come and gone.


1 Comment

  1. February 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Poor Harold Camping. I found myself almost rooting for Jesus to come back to spare him the humiliation of being wrong again.

    I’m spreading the word of my new blog to the skeptic community. I just posted an article that also talks about confirmation bias and thought you might enjoy it.

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