Christmas Island is reportedly safe.
Harold Camping, who predicted that the Rapture would begin at 6 p.m. in each time zone on Saturday, may have just suffered his first loss.
In New Zealand, 6 p.m. came and went and no apocalyptic earthquakes were reported, and there were no Rapture-like incidents either.
People even took to Twitter to announce that the time set by Camping had passed, and everybody in New Zealand was safe.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Camping said the Rapture was to begin at Christmas Island, also known as Kiritimati, at 6 p.m., but no major earthquakes were reported.
And not only are they safe at Christmas Island, but it’s already Sunday in New Zealand.
The deadline, set by the California-based Doomsday predictor, also passed in Australia, China and Japan—all appear to be safe.
According to Camping, of Family Worldwide Radio, earthquakes were to spread across the globe at 6 p.m., bringing fear to the world.
“Everyone will be weeping and wailing because they’ll know in a few hours it’ll come to their city,” the 89-year-old said in the interview.
“Saved” individuals will “glorified spiritual bodies to be forever with God,” while the “unsaved” individuals are left to exist in a world of unfathomable destruction and chaos. The world officially ends October 21, 2011, according to Camping.
He came to this conclusion after studying the bible for years, according to Camping, and explained that God warned Noah of the flood seven days before it began.
“Using the language of 2 Peter 3:8 that “a day is as a thousand years,” it is like saying through Noah, who was a preacher (2 Peter 2:5): “mankind has seven days or 7,000 years to escape destruction.” Since 2011 A.D. is precisely 7,000 years after Noah preached, God has given mankind a wonderful proof that Judgment Day will occur in the year 2011,” he wrote on Family Radio’s website.
This wasn’t Camping’s first Doomsday prediction. He also said the world was going to end in 1994.
That, of course, was a false prediction.