So - the Rapture? Am I talking about those little dinosaurs that creep up on you silently until they slash your jugular? Nearly, but not quite.
The end of the World is Nigh, babycakes - didn't ya know?
It all stems from the fact that Jesus is popping back to reclaim his Saints, as stated in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17:
"... and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."So, Jesus is popping back to gather up all his buddies - but don't you be tricked into thinking this is the Second Coming just now. Oh no - that comes after the period of Tribulation, which itself pre-empts the battle at Armageddon. Got that? Good. 'Cos you're going to need your wits about you.
If you're not a follower, it's going to be a rough ride, hun, as the period of Tribulation will throw out pain and suffering, world disaster, famine, wars and general hardship - envisaged to wipe out over three quarters of the world's population. But we need to understand the Rapture first, right?
The 2011 End Times prediction has been made by a gentleman called Harold Campling who is a US Christian Radio Show Host. He has stated that the Rapture will sweep across the globe by timezone with earthquakes hitting at 18:00 local time in each location. Citing Jeremiah 25:32 -
"evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth"he states the earthquakes will continue across the globe as the sun advances.
"I know it's absolutely true, because the Bible is always absolutely true." Campling says.Nice.
Campling has argued his case on a numerological level tallied with biblical proof. You see, this is the guy who managed to work out the date of the Great Flood and then move forward, interpreting God's Code in the Bible, to work out the Rapture date for us all and it sure saved me the bother. However, not infallible, Campling previously predicted the global expiry date to be September 1994 and following a no-show from Jesus, he retracted his claim as a mathematical error. Quite rightly so.
Well, dear friends, now you know what I'm mumbling on about.
If we're all still here tomorrow post 18:00 local times, then that's great. We've had our fair share of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods, freak snow and freak heatwaves over the past year or so - and we've also had a few nasty wars, disasters and a whole lot of suffering of late. Perhaps we've been in our period of Tribulation and not realised it, anyway?
Of course this is only the beginning of the End, dears - the actual world expiry date is 21st October 2011. Of course.
It took 7 days to create - but will take five months to destroy. Cool. That is significant advancement for you.
Hope to see you all tomorrow.
Please note: I am not an expert in theology and the views expressed are entirely my own. Like you didn't know that already.