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End of the world 2011: Today is the day, Christian group says

October 21, 2011 |  6:54 am

Harold Camping
The Oakland-based Christian radio group that predicted the end of the world in May said it did its math wrong –- and rapture is now expected to occur Friday.

Preacher Harold Camping's Family Radio International posted a special message on its website on Thursday with a lengthy explanation about the Day of Judgment, which is expected to last five months. That "Day of Judgment" began on May 21 -– the date Camping had predicted as the end of the world, the website said. But it is now expected to last through Oct. 21.

"This is all describing a spiritual reality," the message states. God's elect are still physically wherever they happen to be in the world; but spiritually, He has gathered them all together by the act of saving them and brought them into His bed chamber----awaiting the very last day (October 21, 2011)."

Camping has long predicted the apocalypse, including in 1994, but the May 21 date received unprecedented publicity thanks to a worldwide $100-million campaign of caravans and billboards, financed by the sale and swap of TV and radio stations.

Tom Evans, who had acted as Camping's PR aide, said in May when the the day came and went without any cataclysmic events: "You can imagine we're pretty disappointed, but the word of God is still true. We obviously went too far, and that's something we need to learn from."

Camping suffered a stroke in June and remained hospitalized for months. But he is now back on the radio.

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Photo: Harold Camping speaks during a taping of his show Open Forum in Oakland, Calif. days after he incorrectly predicted the rapture would take 200 million Christians to heaven on May 21. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press

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