Family Radio President Harold Camping’s bold prediction that the world would come to an end on Oct. 21, 2011 appears to have failed.

Family Radio President Harold Camping’s bold prediction that the world would come to an end on Oct. 21, 2011 appears to have failed.

The morning of Oct. 22 is well under way in the Earth’s time frontier, New Zealand, which is 17 hours ahead of the East Coast in the United States.

Camping made headlines nationwide and worldwide when he confidently predicted that the rapture of true believers would occur on May 21, 2011 based on complicated, mathematical studies derived from more than 50 years of Bible study. Camping first listed that May date in his book “1994?” based on calculations derived from the date that Jesus Christ went to the cross in 33 A.D. and a biblical timeline of history that goes back to 11,013 B.C.

He predicted in that book that the date of Sept. 7, 1994 was a strong candidate for Judgment Day. As it turned out, that date was a double-edged sword, he said. On that date, God brought his judgment on all the churches and congregations because they had become apostate to the Bible. At the same time, God began to evangelize the world, creating a salvation plan for people outside of the churches. This followed the end of the church age on May 21, 1988, after which few people were saved.

Upon further study, Camping returned to the date of May 21, 2011 based in large part on cryptic language found in II Peter relating to the Noachian flood in Genesis. Namely, Camping calculated that May 21 was the 7,000th anniversary of the flood and tied into his belief that the world would only last 13,023 years.

On that date, believers would be taken into heaven with Christ, while millions upon millions of people would perish in a great earthquake. Those who survived would suffer unspeakable hell on earth until the final end on Oct. 21, Camping predicted.

On Friday, Family Radio spokesman Tom Evans told reporters Mr. Camping was not conducting interviews with reporters.

Camping, a 90-year-old retired engineer, suffered a stroke in June. His live “Open Forum” show, held at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday, has since stopped airing. But Family Radio has recently played a recording of Camping reiterating his belief about Oct. 21.

“It will happen,” he said in the periodic segment.

When his apocalyptic prediction failed to materialize in May, he told a packed room of reporters in Family Radio’s Alameda, Calif. headquarters that he had taken the Bible too literally in predicting “a great earthquake such as the world has never seen.” But he stuck to his belief that an earthquake had occurred. Namely, man is made of the dust of the ground. Therefore, mankind is part of the earth, and many quaked in fear of the Day of Judgment.

“We were convinced that on May 21 that God would return here in a very physical way and usher in the final five months of judgment,”  said Camping, who earned his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. “The fact is when we look at it spiritually, he did come. Let me back up. There’s not a new date. We’ve talked about Oct. 21 being the end of the world. But we’ve not emphasized it because we’ve focused on this date.”

When asked how he could in good conscience predict that the world will end in October, Camping said he has never claimed he is infallible. Only God is infallible, he said.