Rapture already?

“Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end. Bribery and corruption are common.”

It’s a quote that’s done the circuit around the ‘net. Isaac Asimov included it in his 1976 Book of Facts, stating that it was a quote from a clay tablet found in Assyria, circa 2800 BC.

It seems to be a popular pastime, predicting the end of the world.

I guess that’s why the doomsdayers enjoy it so much.

“Economic hardship is the mother’s milk of prophetic progression,” said Todd Strandberg of Bellevue, Neb. “It always brings about change, and it’s what is helping Obama get elected.”

Strandberg, founder and editor of raptureready.com, the largest Christian prophecy site on the Internet, spends his days linking current events with biblical passages. He created a Rapture Index, modeled after the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which consists of 45 categories of prophetic indicators from the occult to inflation and the crime rate. Each is assigned a value of one to five depending on the level of activity in that category. The numbers are adjusted weekly, and the higher the number, the faster the world is moving toward its end. Just before the time known as the Great Tributional, some believe there will be a “Rapture,” where Christ takes the righteous to heaven without their tasting death.

In recent weeks, traffic on Rapture Ready site spiked to 50,000 hits a day.

I love the LaHaye quote:

“The Antichrist isn’t going to be an American, so it can’t possibly be Obama. The Bible makes it clear he will be from an obscure place, like Romania,” the 82-year-old author told the paper.

I’m sure that pleases the Romanians to no end. Isn’t it bad enough they’re overrun with Dracula fans? Do they really need Anti-Christ bus tours, too? Fucking Romanians. They get all the cool violent mass murderers…

It might be the end of the world as we know it, but I still feel fine.

You know what I wish? I wish the people would be less concerned about the end of times and more concerned about making the earth and the people on it last a little longer. I like life. I like being on the earth and breathing in and out and seeing blue skies and feeling green grass and seeing the people, even if I don’t like the people.

Rapturists dig into Revelations looking for clues that “soon” means “now” and as far as I’m concerned it’s all one big idiotic make-work project that takes them away from living life and loving what they’ve got on Earth.

Mike Bloom, and tribulationhoax.com explain some things about John who’s credited with writing Revelations, and the predictions themselves. This from tribhoax is most interesting:

First, for arguments sake, let us accept the Dispensational premise that this Great Tribulation is a long time coming, that it won’t be here shortly. Why, then, would the message to the Christians about this far off Tribulation be so urgent? Why would Christ send His angel to interrupt John’s Sunday worship service, and instruct him to write a message to the seven churches, telling them that the vengeance is neither coming soon, nor will it last long? Why stop everything just to tell them something that the next 30 or more generations of Christians would only hear about from Dispensational preachers and prophecy experts? What would be the point?

Yes. What would be the point of that? Like he’d care. I don’t really care what’s going to happen two thousand years from now but I’ll bet the study of ancient history will leave neo-humans just as perplexed as we are. It’ll wind up like that story (title and author unknown) where future people have finally figured out how to get an old film rolling and are very eager to see what we looked like and what we did – only the film is something like a Mickey Mouse cartoon.

Mike Blume likes the idea that the time of the coming was supposed to be in John’s time, or soon after. He quotes a couple verses about some prophesy vision thing Daniel had (12:4, 8-9) about the end of things and then a verse from Revelations (22:10): “And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.”

Revelations was time sensitive, and relevant to John himself. It doesn’t matter how many people want to quote the coming, quote the prophesies – they never came true in John’s time and they won’t come true now. Just like it didn’t for all those other people who thought the end was nigh.

Won’t stop people from behaving like it’s end of days, though…

About 1minionsopinion

Canadian Atheist Basically ordinary Library employee Avid book lover Ditto for movies Wanna-be writer Procrastinator
This entry was posted in In the Media, religiosity, Why in the world? and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.