Harold Camping has outdone himself again by
equating himself with Balaam, the mad prophet, or maybe it is a ghost
writer? At any rate, in a public letter sent to all people on Family
Radio’s mailing list in March of 2012, Camping is trying to hang on to his
grip of Family Radio and insulted the intelligence of the people listening
to the network. In the worst possible spin to convince the people to
continue donating to Family Radio, he wrote the following:
“…We were even so bold as to insist
that the Bible guaranteed that Christ would return on May 21 and
that the true believers would be raptured. Yet this incorrect and
sinful statement allowed God to the attention of a great many people
who otherwise would not have paid attention. Even as God used sinful
Balaam to accomplish His purposes, so He used our sin to accomplish
His purpose of making the whole world acquainted with the Bible.
However, even so, that does not excuse us. We tremble before God as
we humbly ask Him for forgiveness for making that sinful statement.
We are so thankful that God is so loving that he will forgive even
go any further, let’s look at what the Bible states about the false
“But these, as natural
brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things
that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own
And shall receive the
reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the
Spots they are and
blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they
feast with you;
Having eyes full of
adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an
heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the
way of Balaam the son of Bosor,
who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with
man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet. These are wells
without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist
of darkness is reserved for ever.” (2 Peter 2:12-17)
“But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they
know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt
themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and
ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and
perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of
charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds
they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit
withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging
waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom
is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.” (Jude 1:10-13)
HAROLD CAMPING’S LIES
Camping is a master liar and spin doctor. He knows no shame and does not
care what he has to do in order to hang on to the presidency of Family
Radio. Camping has done what so many other false prophets have done over
the years, produced some fairly descent material to gain people’s trust
and lead them astray with false information. In 1974, Camping wrote a book
called, “Adam When,” in which he quotes a number of Biblical scholars and
secular sources. It made sense to a lot of people and opened their minds
for the poison to come. Let us examine the lies and the damage that Harold
has done over the last 25 years.
was 1992 when Family Radio published Camping’s book, “1994?” which was
written to destroy the Christian churches in the World, and establish
Camping and Family Radio as God’s sole representative on earth. The
teaching in this book told people that God had removed the truth from the
churches because they were overrun with false prophets and God had
rejected the churches and forsaken them. Camping said God was using the
Devil to destroy the church by allowing the Devil to be the ruler of all
Christian churches. At the end of the book he made the prediction that
Jesus was going to return in 1994; however, he did it in a clever way to
cover himself in the event he was wrong.
“…The material set
forth in this book has been researched with great care. Care was
constantly exercised to make sure that no Biblical data was forced
or fudged to make it fit into a preconceived idea. Every attempt was
made to be faithful to the Bible. The results of this study indicate
that the month of September of the year 1994 is to be the time for
the end of history…”
next paragraph Harold provided himself with a way out in case Jesus didn’t
come back in September of 1994.
“…We must be
cautious. There could be something that has been overlooked. In view
of the many paths that I have found that focus on 1994, it seems
extremely unlikely that we have overlooked something. However I
modestly and humbly acknowledge that such a possibility exists…”
was more to his presentation as he turned to a brainwashing technique in
order to shame the reader to agree with him:
“…Anyone who decides that he does not
believe the fact that the end is so close can do so, but he will be
like the proverbial ostrich that sticks his head in the sand. His
unbelief will not in any way change the reality of the fact of
By God’s mercy there are a few months
left. However, if this study is accurate, and I believe with all my
heart that it is, there will be no extension in time. There will be
no time for second guessing. When September 6, 1994, arrives, no one
else can become saved. The end has come…”
It should be emphasized that this is
not a time for theological debate. Someone may say, ‘I don’t believe
it will happen because this is not what we Baptists or Methodists or
Presbyterians or whatever teach.’ The time for that kind of
argumentation is long past. The only thing to do is to carefully
check out these things using the Bible alone as your guide. There is
no time left to trust your pastor or your church. You must trust
only the Bible…”
not return on September 6, 1994 and Camping returned to the air on
September 7 with his droning voice to explain to the listeners that God in
his mercy had extended time on earth. He then used the following reasoning
to save himself from having been wrong:
timetable for the existence of the earth is tied to the time
required to save all the elect, the world will be brought to an end
seventeen years earlier than 2011 A.D. This avoids the possibility
of the earth continuing beyond the time required to save the elect.
For the sake of the elect the perfect 7000 years will be reduced by
seventeen years because there will be no one left who is to become
saved during these seventeen years…”
encountered many mentally ill persons during my 45 years in the ministry.
The result is the same regardless if the mental illness is caused by brain
damage or by evil spirits. Camping’s reasoning is the same that I have
encountered from mentally ill persons who are intelligent but delusional.
What is frightening is not his mental state but the fact that the entire
staff of Family Radio is following in his follies.
Radio published another book in 2002 written by Camping entitled “The End
of the Church Age…And After.” He didn’t set any dates in this book
for the return of Christ but he systematically destroyed people’s faith in
their salvation. He urged people to leave the churches and only rely on
Family Radio for truth. This is a bizarre book and one would question the
sanity of the staff at Family Radio for letting Camping publish this book
through the ministry.
“…During the church
age, the holy place was the local church. But during the latter
rain, the only holy place, that is, the place wherein the Holy
Spirit is saving, is outside of the churches. Outside of the
churches is where we find the true Gospel that is altogether free
from the works-grace gospel. The latter rain, during which the end
of the year harvest is brought in, thus officially may have begun
2,300 days after the end of the church age and the beginning of the
Great Tribulation. It is possible that the end of the church age
ended in 1988. Thus, it is also possible that the beginning of the
latter rain officially began in 1994…”
mentally sick mind was exposed at the end of the book when he wrote about
“…We do not know who His elect are,
upon whom He will have mercy. We do know that there is nothing we
can do to obtain salvation. We do know that faith cometh by hearing
and hearing by the Word of God. Therefore, we know that the
environment wherein God is saving is the hearing of the Word of God.
Therefore, if I am not saved, even though I have no idea where I am
one of God’s elect, and even though I know that no activity on my
part will assist in my becoming saved, I recognize it is a wise move
to place myself in an environment where God can save me if He so
desires. Therefore, I will diligently list to and study the Bible.
Moreover, even though I know that God
is infinite God who knows each and every detail of every
individual’s life, I know I have the luxury of pleading, begging,
imploring God for salvation. This activity will not assist me in any
way to become saved, but at least I will know that God is hearing of
my intense desire for salvation…”
tragedy is that Camping doesn’t even know if he is saved or not and yet
the staff of Family Radio continues to allow this mentally sick man to be
their president and leader of the corporation. By stating that he does not
know if he is saved or not, he creates doubt in every person listening to
him and effectively destroys their testimony about the saving grace of
February of 2008 Family Radio published an internet book written by
Camping entitled, “We Are Almost There.” In this sixty-nine page booklet,
Camping was once again in a deep delusion and set more dates. The rapture
would occur on May 21, 2011, which was supposed to be the end of the
Tribulation period. According to Camping the Great Tribulation period
began on May 21, 1988, which was also the end of the church age. With a
stroke of a pen Camping did away with large portions of the Book of
Revelation by eliminating the Antichrist, the False Prophet, the Mark of
the Beast and all the plagues recorded in the Book of Revelation.
Furthermore, Camping got rid of the Lake of Fire by stating that the five
month period from May 21 to October 21 will be hell for all unbelievers on
earth. All Christians were going to be raptured on May 21 and escape the
punishment of hell. The end of the world would come on October 21 and at
that time all unbelievers would cease to exist. According to Camping,
there is no eternal punishment, no Lake of Fire, and unbelievers simply
vanish by not existing any more.
another stroke of his pen, Camping eliminated the Great White Throne
Judgment as described in Revelation, chapter 20. Using his brainwashing
technique Camping wrote the following:
“… Now we are at
the time of Understanding. Now, we have arrived at that time.
Consequently, verses in the Bible which heretofore have been
mysterious are now being understood. Almost every day new truth is
pouring from the Bible. This is resulting in an increasingly greater
understanding of God’s plan for the end of the world…”
then continued to ramble on by comparing Scriptures, looking for hidden
things behind verses, supposedly discerning what no man had done before.
He said that only true believers can have this understanding but he forgot
that in his previous book he had told people he wasn’t sure that he was
saved, so how could he then be a true believer? As I stated before, it is
a terrible thing to deal with a mentally deranged person but it is worse
when the entire staff at Family Radio and thousands of listeners believed
what this madman taught.
of 2008 Family Radio published a second Internet book entitled, “To God Be
The Glory.” This was another small publication compared to Camping’s
printed books and consisted of 77 pages. In the preface of this book
“This book is a
sequel or a follow-up to the book, “We Are Almost There!” In the
book, “We Are Almost There!” we were able, by God’s mercy, to show
that the Bible teaches with absolute certainty that the beginning of
the day of judgment, which coincides with the day of the rapture, is
May 21, 2011. God has made this startling information available to
us precisely as He had promised…”
many new revelations that Camping presented in this book were that hell
does not exist.
So when a person dies, he goes to sleep and feels no pain in the grave.
Then Camping comes up with a twist and states that Jesus has died twice,
once before the foundation of the world and once on the cross. As a
result, there is no eternal Lake of Fire.
Camping makes it clear as he states the following:
“…These phrases indicate that it is
absolutely guaranteed that there never again shall be life for the
unsaved people. The fact is that they are completely burned up, so
that in no sense do they exist any longer. The concept of the
cessation of existence of the unsaved is emphasized in many verses
of the Bible…
…We have learned that the final end of
God’s judgment process is death…”
Camping states again that he is not sure if he is saved or not, clearly
contradicting what he has previously said, and what the Bible teaches
about the subject.
|“…It is true that today, God is
saving a great multitude, which no man could number, and I, too,
might possibly be included in that number…”
February 2009, all stops had been removed at Family Radio as a new
Internet book was published entitled, “I Hope God Will Save Me.” Camping
again emphasized that only the elect can be saved and that no one can know
if they are elect or not.
“…God is merciful. It is true that
mercy is no longer found in the local congregations where their
pastors, elders, deacons, and Bible teachers minister to those poor
people. And what a terrible truth that is! But outside the local
congregations, throughout the world, God continues to demonstrate
His unfathomable mercy. God is a God of mercy…
“…We can personally make known to God
our intense desire to become saved. We can beg, beseech, and plead
with God for salvation. Praying to God is work that we do, so we
know that praying to God will not guarantee or contribute to our
salvation. But we can know that as we cry to God, He will know of
our desire to become saved…
“….We need never lose hope for
salvation. If God plans to save us, He will do so in His own time.
He may save us early in our life or salvation may come hours before
our death. We are never to attempt to dictate to God the time frame
of our salvation, if, indeed, it is God’s intention to save us…
“…And so, perhaps, God may save you.”
unbelievable that Craig Hulsebos and the rest of the staff at Family Radio
put up with this heresy but most of them believe it. The staff behaved
pretty much like the followers of Jim Jones when he led nearly a thousand
people to commit suicide by drinking Kool-Aid laced with cyanide in 1978.
None of the staff has physically died but they have all committed
spiritual suicide in drinking Camping’s Kool-Aid.
and on the judgment day hype at Family Radio grew more and more intense.
Camping directed the sale of certain assets and spent $100 million dollars
in advertisement on billboards across the nation and in foreign countries.
were told to sell their homes and buy motor homes and join caravans of
Camping devotees traveling all over the United States with large
billboards on the sides stating that Jesus was coming back on May 21,
2011. Open Forum programs were used to hype the prediction and the Family
Radio website was also used heavily to promote the May 21st
was that thousands of people sold their homes; others quit their jobs,
some ran up credit card debt believing that they would never have to pay
back what they had charged.
a madman, Camping was glowing over the attention he was getting when in
reality he was the king of a dunghill. As May 21st drew closer
and closer, Camping continued to get cockier on the air, stating many
times that he knew for sure without any doubt that Jesus was going to come
on May 21, 2011.
tried to reach Craig Hulsebos and talk to him about this hoopla, I was
told by his secretary that he was walking a fine line and would not take
think that the staff would stop asking for more money if they truly
believed May 21st was the day Jesus would come back, but
Hulsebos and his staff never missed a beat, even on May 20th,
they still asked for money to be mailed to them.
18th I wrote the following text which was published on the
progressing and news is leaking out from the staff of Family Radio that
Harold Camping is aware that May 21, 2011 might not be judgment day after
all. Consequently, he has already prepared a defense to explain to the
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
given this information by a person close to Family Radio who told me that
the comments Camping had made about Jonah and Nineveh indicated his
strategy in case the prediction failed. The following text is what this
person thought would be Camping’s explanation:
“You see what has
happened? The Bible is correct. Judgment day came, and just as God’s
mercy was granted to Nineveh, He has shed His abundant mercy upon
us. We can only speculate about what has moved Holy God to forestall
judgment. Perhaps it is the reverence of the Japanese in the face of
the stress they have faced during the earthquake and tsunami. Or
perhaps, in the secret hearts of many who have been listening to
Family Radio, we can expect that countless thousands have turned to
God and prayed, ‘Oh God have mercy on me.’ We really do not need to
know why, but it is obvious that Holy God has shown His mercy. He
has validated what He told us in the Bible, validated it fully. We
should thank Him, thank Him so deeply. Now it is all the more
important, with these extra days He has given us to proclaim His
Gospel in all the corners of the earth. So we need to sacrifice
financially in every way to spread Family Radio still further and to
strengthen this ministry.”
was already preparing the people by speaking about Jonah and Nineveh. It
is obvious there is something mentally wrong with him because he has
wrongly predicted the end of the world multiple times since 1988. At the
same time Camping has declared that the “church age” is over and all
Christians should abandon the churches and that all pastors should resign.
If people do that, what is the next logical step? Obviously they should
turn to Harold Camping since he is the only one that has the truth in
these last days. That would, of course, mean more money for Camping since
people are going to give to Family Radio instead of their churches.
Camping has been challenged before and survived. In the 1970’s, Tom
Summerville tried to rally the Family Radio staff and asked Camping to
step down as the CEO of Family Radio. He refused and then started to fire
the people who had challenged him. Camping’s philosophy of hiring is that
all employees are expendable and anyone can be replaced. The entire staff
can be replaced because he believes that all things are pre-ordained by
God, and if a person becomes a problem to Family Radio, God has already
selected a replacement for the person. So Camping does not hold back when
it comes to firing an employee at Family Radio; people are useful as long
as they support him and do what he tells them to do.
also been pointed out to me that the Family Radio staff are not all in
unity. A member of them actually believes what Camping is teaching,
therefore the people that want to evict him know that they cannot do that
since loyal “Campingites” would rally to his side, and Camping would again
fire those who are challenging him.
MAY 21, 2011
fateful day came and went and Jesus did not return. As I had predicted,
the staff of Family Radio had planned for life after May 21st
by promoting bumper stickers of judgment day on the day in question.
Weekend programming at Family Radio was pre-recorded during the week and
the only people working at the headquarters in Oakland were the ones
running the station. Family Radio was broadcasting as usual on May 22nd
and it will be interesting to know what Harold told the staff to say
media swarmed the headquarters of Family Radio and the staff barricaded
themselves and refused to talk. A reporter went to Camping’s home and
managed a short interview in which Camping stated he was “baffled.” After
about a week, he regrouped and lined up his troops. The word from Camping
was that Jesus had indeed come back, but done so in secrecy. What he did
during this secret visit was never explained by Camping; instead, he
declared that the days of salvation were over and the next five months
would bring severe judgment on the unbelievers in the world before
everything would end on October 21, 2011.
stated that he had directed the staff to play beautiful music to cheer up
the people who might be the elect as they had to wait until October 21st
to find out if they were saved or not. If they were not saved it would be
no big deal, since they would just cease to exist and there would be no
suffering. Camping resumed his droning on the Open Forum and had great
plans to spew out his perverted Gospel, but God had enough and on June 9,
2011, Camping suffered a stroke and was taken to the hospital. Short of
death, God had effectively taken him out of circulation.
of Directors only consisted of two other people, one of Camping’s
daughters, Susan Espinoza, and a loyal devotee, so the staff was directed
to replay all the Open Forum programs after May 21st. The
stroke was so severe that even after much therapy Camping could not speak
and think the way he used to and it became obvious to all involved that
his days on the radio were over.
16th it was reported that Camping had retired from Family Radio
but in a few days his daughter stated that he had only partly retired and
would be working from home.
meantime, the staff revamped the programming and utilized the vast
collection of music that had been collected over the years. Craig Hulsebos
and his staff were holding their breath as to what kind of fallout there
would be after October 21st. Even so, Hulsebos continued to
pitch for money every day and they also advertised upcoming conferences
around the country which would take place after October 21, 2011.
October 21st came
and went and the Christians were not raptured, the world did not come to
an end, and it was obvious to Hulsebos and the staff that they were in
trouble financially, since thousands of listeners finally had seen the
light and refused to send in any more money. But the Camping mafia at
Family Radio refused to give up power and leave the ministry. Camping came
out with some lame excuses and asked people to forgive him for having been
wrong and vowed to work hard to find out where his mathematics had been
off. However, music was the main focus and the different announcers began
to say that people still could be saved, contrary to what Camping had been
teaching. For the rest of the year no old programs by Camping were played
on the air but things began to change again in 2012 as old Bible teaching
programs from years back by Camping were resurrected and the announcer
talked about their beloved Bible teacher.
for money on a daily basis, the listeners were told that the beloved
founder and president of Family Radio worked without a salary in order to
make sure that the money given would be used to spread the Gospel. Any new
listener would hear the beautiful music and not know about Camping’s
heresy and damage and instead would imagine what a wonderful person he is.
THE MARCH LETTER
obvious that Camping is planning a comeback the way the March letter was
worded. While he is rich enough to live off his life savings and social
security, the staff is paid small salaries, except those who are deeply
devoted to Camping. Craig Hulsebos and Harold Camping are not telling the
audience that they blew 100 million dollars in 2010-2011 to promote
Camping’s heresy and false predictions. Look at the spin Camping gives in
this March 2012 letter:
“…So, we must be satisfied to humbly
wait upon God, and trust that He will guide His people to safety. At
Family Radio, we continue to look to God for guidance. If it is His
good pleasure for us to continue on with our original mission, the
proclamation of the Gospel, God’s Word, then we must continue to
look to Him.
We consider you to be a real part of
this ministry, and the tremendous opportunities which God, by his
unfathomable mercy and grace, continues to give to us. And, your
steadfast involvement and support are so appreciated!”
This is a
lot of pious talking from a man that has showed his pride and contempt for
other Christians in the last 30 years. I remember when Camping was asked
by a reporter a few days after May 21st, if he felt bad about
the people who had sold their houses and had been more than a year on the
road and spent all their resources? His answer was very cold when he said
that it wasn’t his problem because he did not tell them to do what they
did. This is an outright lie because for more than a year Camping and his
cronies had told people Jesus was coming back and this was the time to do
a total push and use all resources available. Thousands of listeners to
Family Radio were deceived and lost their homes, savings, pensions and
maxed out their credit cards.
JUDGMENT DAY FOR HAROLD CAMPING
the things that Harold Camping must answer for at the final judgment:
people and telling them that there is no hell; unbelievers are sleeping
in their graves.
people that there is no Lake of Fire.
people that all unbelievers will cease to exist when the end comes of
people that God has abandoned all of his churches and turned them over
people that all pastors are now controlled by Satan.
people that the time of salvation had come to an end.
people that no one can know if they are saved or not.
dates when Jesus was going to come back to earth.
CAMPING IS MAKING A COMEBACK
2012 was a share day at Family Radio in when they devote large chunks of
time to fundraising and I could not believe it when I heard Camping
speaking on the radio again. A well crafted recording had been done with
him and two Family Radio staffers, one female and one male. It was obvious
that they were working from a script, and even if Camping was somewhat
slurring, they managed to guide him through a fifteen minute segment.
was again unrepentant of all the lies he had spoken, and gloated in the
fact that even if he was wrong predicting dates of the return of Jesus,
the whole world had still heard the Gospel. This in itself is a delusion
since the message Camping pumped out was that the end of the world had
come and no person could be saved after May 21, 2011.
handlers told the listeners how great the Family Radio ministry is and
that people should support it with money. No words were spoken about $100
million spent on Camping’s predictions in 2010 and 2011. He went on to say
that he had been wrong in setting dates and now held the view that no one
could know when Jesus is going to come back; it could be ten years or a
asked some Bible questions and went into his normal tirades how much of
the Bible is written in allegories and cannot be taken literally.
understanding is that Camping and his daughter, Susan Espinoza, are
pushing hard to get him back on the air but there is resistance from the
staff. This recording was a compromise that gave Craig Hulsebos a chance
to see if the listeners will tolerate Camping coming back. The only thing
that will determine a full comeback is if the listeners will keep on
sending in the money. If the money is not there, the staff will have to
pull Camping off the air completely.
FACING THE TRUTH
Camping owes an apology to every Christian pastor, elder, deacon, Sunday
school teacher and all the believers in Christ who are faithfully working
in the Christian churches.
Hulsebos and the staff owe the same apology for allowing Camping to stay
on the air and spew out his lies and heresy.
Hulsebos and the staff repent? Probably not since they have become so
wrapped up in Camping’s lies during the last 30 years that they have been
blinded to the truth. Family Radio is their livelihood and they admire
their own ministry so much that it has become a god to them. They will
craft clever spins and hope that the critical people will stop listening
to Family Radio so they can attract new listeners who won’t know what has
be successful? Possibly. The Mormon Church was able to distance itself
from the bad deeds of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young and the Jehovah’s
Witnesses have been able to do the same spin on their organization.
Therefore it is entirely possible that Hulsebos will be able to salvage
what is left of Family Radio.
asking all true believers in Christ to do the following two things:
send in any financial support to Family Radio until Camping has been
removed and the staff has apologized for its sinful support of Camping
over the years.
hard that God will remove Harold Camping from this world as soon as
possible and that God will destroy the hold that Susan Espinoza has over
“It is reported
commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is
not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his
father's wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that
he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already,
as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, In
the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my
spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an
one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be
saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 5:1-5)
“And this is love,
that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as
ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. For many
deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ
is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
Look to yourselves,
that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive
a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine
of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he
hath both the Father and the Son.
If there come any unto
you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house,
neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker
of his evil deeds.”
commend Harold Camping for one thing: He spoke the truth when he put
himself in the same class as sinful Balaam. They are one and the same.
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