As the apocalyptic hour came and went on Saturday (May 21st), hundreds of people Twitpic'd photos of random piles of clothing as proof that 'The Rapture' did indeed occur. They were, of course, joking. But the only people who weren't laughing were the true believers of eccentric California evangelist Harold Camping. Some of Camping's faithful followers lost their life savings believing in the millionaire's faulty prophetic predictions.

The 86-year-old apocalyptic preacher was nowhere to be found at the appointed hour on Saturday. About a hundred reporters gathered outside his home and his Family Radio ministry headquarters, but Camping was ghost (pun intended).

Reporters were lucky to find the few loyal Camping followers who didn't go into hiding after 6 p.m. on Saturday.

So confident was Family Radio special events coordinator Michael Garcia that he spent months travelling the country putting up Judgement Day billboards and handing out Bible tracts warning that the end was near.

In an interview before the arrival of The Rapture, Garcia said:

"We know the end will begin in New Zealand and will follow the sun and roll on from there. 'That's why God raised up all the technology and the satellites so everyone can see it happen at the same time.

Garcia spent the hours before the rapture at home in Alameda, CA with his wife and six children. He now believes the delay was a further test from God to persevere in their faith. "When you say something and it doesn't happen, your pride is what's hurt," he said.

Another dejected believer, 60-year-old ex-MTA worker Robert Fitzpatrick, awaited the start of the Rapture in Times Square with a crowd of reporters and dozens of curious onlookers. Fitzpatrick spent $140,000 of his life savings on subway advertising to warn his fellow New Yorkers of the 2nd coming of Christ.

"I don't understand why nothing has happened," Fitzpatrick said as he gazed at his watch in New York's Times Square just after 6 pm.

"I did what I had to do. I did what the Bible said. I obviously haven't understood it properly, because we're still here," said Fitzpatrick as the growing crowd leaned in and jeered behind him.

Images source: DM

  • PAHairston

    Hello All. Harold Camping's rapture has come and went but the natural disasters remain. In all my 56 yrs, I've never witnessed so many disasters in one yr and it's only May! Every morning seems like we wake to some type of disaster, if not natural, man-made. No matter what we believe, something IS happenening to the earth, something major, and its just a matter of time before that major earthquake 'moves ever mountain."

    "An end will come to the system of things'. Maybe not in my lifetime because no one knows, not even Jesus. Peace.

  • http://twitter.com/_imOther_ Mamacita

    “I did what I had to do. I did what the Bible said. I obviously haven’t understood it properly, because we’re still here,”

    Ummmm....well SIR, if you actually took the time to READ the BIBLE then you would know that no man knows the hours in which Jesus will return. I guess you missed that part.

    :smack:

    Only a fool would believe that some MAN can calculate the end of the world. :non: <-----smh

  • jazi65

    Can you imagine how many fools listened to that nut & blew their paychecks on friday :rofl:

  • Anna

    jazi65 says:

    Can you imagine how many fools listened to that nut & blew their paychecks on friday
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    Following man is what gets ppl in trouble. It amazes me how many gulible ppl there really are.

  • http://pearlswindow.com Carrington

    Why are these pictures HILARIOUS to me? LMAO!!!

  • lady_cn

    @Carrington, you're not the only one. I'm LMAO at them too.

    I wonder how many people will be filing for divorce today because they got married thinking the end of the world was near and didn't want to be living in sin (I know a couple of them).

    Idiots! :nono:

  • KishaMinyonn

    The signs are prevalent that the end is near, but no one knows when. You have to have a relationship with God and interrupt what the Bible says for yourself, not what man tells you it means.

    We, me included, were making jokes about the rapture, but the end is near. Hope everyone is prepared.

  • Anna

    lady_cn says:

    @Carrington, you’re not the only one. I’m LMAO at them too.

    I wonder how many people will be filing for divorce today because they got married thinking the end of the world was near and didn’t want to be living in sin (I know a couple of them).

    Idiots!
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    :rofl: I wonder how many stupid ppl decided to lose their virginity because the world was ending, I guess I'll find out in 9 months. LOL.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfxTsn3fvqw Tink Tink

    :dead: at those pictures
    :rofl:

  • lady_cn

    Anna says:

    I wonder how many stupid ppl decided to lose their virginity because the world was ending, I guess I’ll find out in 9 months. LOL.

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    I was thinking that one myself. I bet there will be a baby boom next March! I bet there were a lot of people that said "If I gotta go, I'm going out :hump:

    LOL

  • datsmdubya2u

    Still had to pay my electric bill. The disconnect notice awas for the 23rd so I though hey I won't be here so i didn't pay it. had to go online at 7.00pm my time when the rapture didn't come to texas so i wouldn't get cut off! :mad:

  • Ms.Fashion

    I am crying laughing at work, trying not pass gas from laughing so hard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The tractor picture........ I can't take it!!!! I am holding it in sooo hard!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Idiots!!

  • Ms.Fashion

    Its funny how He knew the World would end and didn't preach repentance. Handing out fliers for a date when the world is going to end not helping you. Maybe he should go and be a mathemetician going forward....no, cancel that his calculations are proven wrong :smack:

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Lord those pictures are: :rofl: to me!!!

    No man knows the day nor the hour when the Lord shall apprear... I hope this is the Pastors last attempt at this!!! Hell if he get another hunch... Let me just be caught up in the rapture! But thanks for the effort though... :haha: