Skip to comments.Doomsayer confused as world doesn't end (Meet the man who spent his $150,000 savings to warn us)
Posted on 05/22/2011 9:49:10 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
That's a Wrapture.
When the world did not end at precisely 6 p.m. yesterday, Doomsday prophet Robert Fitzpatrick's fragile grasp on reality crumbled.
"I don't understand why nothing is happening," said Fitzpatrick, flipping through his Bible for clues to why Rapture failed to show up on time.
"It's not a mistake. I did what I had to do. I did what the Bible said," he said, looking increasingly disheveled and confused as he stood in Times Square before mocking crowds.
A kooky Christian cult predicted that corpses would line the streets and deadly earthquakes would swallow up sinners beginning at 11:59 p.m. Jerusalem time on May 21, 2011.
Fitzpatrick, 60, a retired MTA engineer who became the city's self-appointed siren of the Apocalypse, spent $140,000 of his life savings on 3,219 bus, subway and commuter-rail ads trumpeting the coming "global earthquake" and urging sinners to repent to Jesus.
Fitzpatrick is a follower of Harold Camping, 89, an Oakland, Calif., evangelist who promised that on Judgment Day the righteous would be sucked up to heaven while sinners -- even children -- were to rot among fires, earthquakes and tsunamis engulfing the Earth. People would slowly die off until Oct. 21, 2011, when God completely KO'd the earth and all of its inhabitants.
Even cynical city dwellers got into the spirit of Doomsday, with New Yorkers hawking T-shirts, holding Judgment Day parties and Mayor Bloomberg deadpanning that he'd suspend alternate-side parking if the Earth crumbled.
Fitzpatrick's self-published tome on his predictions, "The Doomsday Code," earned $1,400 in royalties, he said. But his publicity stunt wasn't about getting checks. On Judgment Day, after all, money wouldn't matter.
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Sad. The man should have spent less money on “end of the world prophesy” and more on psychiatric help.
Exactly. He was entirely convinced and wanted to 'warn (save)' people. FReeper Graybeard has the best idea and that is to pray for this man and the others that have been misled.
We all have a bad name with who? Secular nutjobs who have been spreading the apocalyptic gospels of Paul Ehrlich and Albert Gore for the last 40 years? Our name was already mud with them, long before anyone knew of Camping or his EOTW scam.
Wake up and see the fight against Christians.
What do I need to wake up to? The fact that they’d be attacking us with or without Camping? I think that’s just what I said.
Poor man, he didn’t read far enough .......”ye shall not know the day or the hour”.
How many will become even more cynical about religion as a result of this?
“Exactly how is this different from AlGore”
Gore and his flock aren’t intelligent enough to notice when reality disagrees with their prophecies of doom.
Mr. Fitz, your life just came face to face with HERMANEUTICS.
While you were checking your watch, the rest of Christianity was face-palming your ignorance.
Yes, it’s that important.
Uhhhhh. No. Sorry. Almost no one believed it. Or any of the other Huckster 'rapturism'.
The world will end, that is true. In about 1-2 billion years. We might do ourselves in first, though.
Had he been a follower of the Lord instead of Camping he would not have wasted his time, money and effort and would not have ended up looking like a fool.
He also ate crow.
I think you’re on the right track. I don’t think anyone knows when his personal, or our collective end will come. On the other hand, it is absolutely certain that each of our mortal lives is finite, and that one day the human race will exist no more. An occasional fire drill to bring that reality back to the top of our consciousness probably isn’t a bad thing.
To paraphrase and twist Chicago, “Does anybody really know what time it is? No, but it is later than you think”.
Fitzpatrick, 60, a retired MTA engineer who became the city’s self-appointed siren of the Apocalypse, spent $140,000 of his life savings on 3,219 bus, subway and commuter-rail ads trumpeting the coming “global earthquake” and urging sinners to repent to Jesus.
Misguided ? Sure
But this is the work of a good guy
For what it’s worth, the evangelical church down the street from me (big, busy congregation with 3 services scheduled for every Sunday) was completely VACANT today when I went by after church. Not just empty, but E M P T Y. No cars in the huge parking lot. LOL! Pastor must have told everybody to stay home and get ready...
OMG that’s hilarious.
They might have moved their worship service to a venue that can accomodate more people for that specific day and combined all services together. I know of many churches that do that occasionally.