Evangelist radio preacher Harold Camping's prediction that the Rapture would occur on Saturday, May 21, caught international attention, a spotlight that lingered when May 22 dawned without a hint of brimstone.
Camping remained quiet throughout the weekend, but made an announcement on Monday to addressed what had happened on Saturday.
"On May 21, this last weekend, this is where the spiritual aspect of it really comes through. God again brought judgment on the world. We didn’t see any difference but God brought Judgment Day to bear upon the whole world. The whole world is under Judgment Day and it will continue right up until [October 21] by that time the whole world will be destroyed," he said, according to The Christian Post.
He added that God's judgment and salvation were "completed" on Saturday, which means that there's no point to warn other people that the day would be coming. That means that there may be no advertising blitz to herald the end of times, as there was before May 21.
The response to the fact that Camping's false prediction has so far been perhaps best displayed through a billboard advertisement in Greensboro, North Carolina that was posted on May 22. It read "That was awkward."
Also shown on the billboard was the quote from Matthew 24:36, "No one knows the day or the hour." It was funded by a user at reddit.com, according to My Fox 8.
An employee of Family Radio, the network at which Camping works, told Christian Post that the preacher spent about $100 million to advertise his prediction. That employee fought for Camping's testimony to be criticized, because he was worried about the people who were spending their life savings and quitting their jobs ahead of May 21.