RADNOR, Pa. — A Pennsylvania-based group that is led by a follower of the late Harold Camping, a radio host who made numerous false predictions about the end of the world, is waiting for the world to be “annihilated” by fire today as their leader has predicted that Oct. 7 is the Earth’s day of destruction.
The group, called eBible Fellowship, has been taking to the streets in the Philadelphia area with signs, shirts and literature to proclaim that the world would end today.
“According to what the Bible is presenting, it does appear that 7 October will be the day that God has spoken of in which the world will pass away,” leader Chris McCann told the Guardian on Tuesday.
He said that he came up with the date after utilizing a previous date predicted by Camping, which he asserts wasn’t completely false. McCann states that May 21, 2011 was really Judgment Day, and that God took 1,600 days after that time to decide which non-believers would be saved before destroying the Earth with fire.
“When we go 1600 days from the beginning of Judgment Day on May 21, 2011 we come to a day (October 7, 2015) that is the last day of harvest in the biblical (Hebrew) calendar,” he told reporters. “Therefore we dare to say that on that day there is a strong likelihood that God will gather into Heaven the precious fruit of all those He has saved and complete the destruction of all of those He did not save.”
McCann pointed to Scripture’s promise of the coming “great and terrible day of the Lord.”
“God destroyed the first Earth with water, by a flood, in the days of Noah. And He says He’ll not do that again—not by water—He does say in 2nd Peter 3 that he’ll destroy it by fire,” he stated.
While Christians agree that a day is coming when God will judge the earth as the Bible warns, they also note that Jesus outlined in Matthew 24:36, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
McCann told reporters that he is confident of his prediction, albeit suggesting room for error.
“There’s a strong likelihood that this will happen,” he said, “which means there’s an unlikely possibility that it will not.”
As previously reported, in March 2012, Harold Camping released a letter repenting of his predictions, remarking that it was “sinful” of him to attempt to prognosticate the time of God’s judgment, and asked for forgiveness.
“We realize that many people are hoping they will know the date of Christ’s return. In fact, for a time Family Radio fell into that kind of thinking,” he wrote. “But we now realize that those people who were calling our attention to the Bible’s statement that ‘of that day and hour knoweth no man,’ were right in their understanding of those verses and Family Radio was wrong.”
In addition to May 21, 2011, Camping had also predicted September 6, 1994 and May 21, 1988 as being Judgment Day.