Family Radio Worldwide, who has been predicting that Judgment Day or the Rapture would occur today with the end of the world following on October 21, 2011. For the uninformed, the rapture refers to the time when true Christians will be gathered together in the air and meet Jesus Christ.
This isn't the first time Camping has predicted the end of the world. He first predicted that it would end on Sept. 6, 1994, but when that didn't work out, he went back to the drawing board (his words) and is now confident that his calculations are correct. So confident, in fact, he has advertised his predictions on 2,200 billboards around the country, and many of his followers have been traveling across America to spread the word, so to speak. It would be funny if it weren't for the fact that many of Camping's followers have left their families, their jobs and drained their saving accounts in anticipation of the big event. I wonder what they plan on doing on Monday?
Camping, of course, isn't the first to make predictions concerning the end of times. Sir Isaac Newton, for instance, predicted that it wouldn't occur before 2060 (which suggests that he believed that it eventually would occur) and the Jehovah Witnesses identified 1914, 1918, 1925 and 1942 as possible dates (it appears that they have abandoned making predictions since then). And then, of course, there are the Left Behind books, which have sold over 65 million copies worldwide.