Doomsday preacher Harold Camping was left a laughing stock when his prediction that the world would end on May 21 failed to materialise.
But the 90-year-old Californian may well have the last laugh after revealing that date was in fact Judgment Day, a spiritual moment when the righteous would be chosen, and simply a warm-up for the Rapture which happens exactly five months later.
This means that Friday, October 21, will mark the start of the Apocalypse.
Believers will be whisked away into heaven and hell will be unleashed on earth.
And cynics should be warned, as the Rapture Index – a monitor of current affairs for the frequency and intensity of end-time signs mentioned in the Bible – is at an almost all-time high.
Bed-ridden Camping, who suffered a stroke soon after ‘Judgment Day’, said: ‘We can be sure that the whole world will be annihilated on 21 October 2011.’
And since he said that the day of judgment had already passed, there was nothing the non-righteous could do to save their souls.