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Is the end of the world really happening Saturday?

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - What are you doing Saturday? One man says don't make any big plans, because the world will end. He's not alone -- plenty of followers are bracing for doomsday.

News 8 spoke to a critic of Harold Camping, who says millions of dollars have been spent on billboards professing the end of the world. That prediction is being made by a man who says he can't schedule any interviews for Saturday if he's wrong, because he says he won't be here.

The billboards are everywhere -- 2,000 of them here in San Diego and across the world, and so are the signs. With recent natural disasters capturing headlines, 89-year-old Harold Camping may have picked the opportune time to scare the world by predicting the end of it.

Camping, who is the founder of Family Radio Network, says May 21 is Judgment Day and the second coming of Christ. He and his believers say believers will first be taken to heaven, then a massive earthquake will devastate the entire planet, followed by a giant fireball on Oct. 21 that will destroy earth.

Camping says mathematical clues in the bible add up to this Saturday, May 21, but the overwhelming majority of Christians call the prediction a farce.

"The bible is not a textbook, it is not a math book. It is a book for life," said Minister Eric Vaughn of the Cross Church in Springdale, AR.

In fact, News 8 spoke to a former employee of the Family Radio Network who says Camping has made 10 of these false predictions dating back to 1978.

"I think when a man keeps predicting the end of the world and you've got people whose lives are being devastated and he continues to predict the end of the world and you see this over and over again, it seems like people would stop following such a man predicting the end like that," Pat Roy said.

After Camping's last failed prediction in 1994, Roy quit the Family Radio Network out of disgust and sadness from the fallout.

"We had people believe absolutely that he was 100 percent right, they sold their homes, they sold their cars and all of their possessions. After the date came and went we had lots of people who were financially ruined. Spiritually, we had people who gave up their faith. There was even one boy in New Jersey who committed suicide as a result," Roy said.

Pat Roy believes Camping is not motivated by money or power, but that he's a prideful man obsessed by the end of the world.

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