Four horses are champing at the bit. Say your prayers, cross your fingers, or just go out and have a rousing good time — whichever suits you — for your days are numbered and that number just may be 666 or is it 6 to 12?
For the 666 crowd, the end will come after the battle of Armageddon, the four horsemen taking on the Anti-Christ, the Apocalypse, the return of Jesus and the Rapture, when good Christians will ascend to heaven, leaving the rest hell bound.
For the 6 to12 crowd, Doomsday will come with a nuclear war or a climate change catastrophe. As of January, the Doomsday Clock, maintained by the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago, stood at six minutes to midnight. Since its creation in 1947, the time on the clock has changed 19 times ranging from -4 to +7.
You could have heard the Christian version of the end on April 10 at the Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside, except that tickets are sold out.
Billed as the “Preach the Word 2010 Prophecy Conference,” the April event will spotlight some of the Top Guns of Christian fundamentalism: Lt. Gen. William G. Jerry Boykin (Ret.), of my-god-is-better-than-your-god infamy; Tim LaHaye, an author of The Left Behind series;Joel Rosenberg , author of five novels, two documentary films, and two non-fiction books; and Greg Laurie, prophet and the host of the conference.
In 2003, while discussing the battle against a Muslim warlord in Somalia, Boykin told his audience, “I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.”
Boykin got in trouble for his anti-Muslim remarks and for preaching at religious-oriented events while decked out in full military regalia. In August of 2004, the inspector General found he had violated several Pentagon rules for his actions.
And despite his connections with the Almighty, Boykin has gotten some major things wrong. In 1980, he was the Delta Force operations officer on the unsuccessful Iranian hostage rescue attempt. In 1993, Boykin commanded the Delta Force when the infamous Battle of Mogadishu took place. During the Bush administration he was in charge of the failed effort to capture Bin Laden. He was also implicated in the Abu Ghraib scandal.
With a record like that, atheists need not fear his Apocalyptic prognostications.
The other speakers have had more success in profits, rather than prophecy. LaHaye has sold more than 80 million books, and Rosenberg, has sold about one million of his tomes. Laurie has also sold a slew of books.
Over the centuries, many predictions have been made for the end times.
- Google timeline
- Democratic Underground
- A Brief History of the Apocalypse
- Date-Setters and Their Dilemmas
- The official Website of 2012
- Global onenessTimeline of unfulfilled Christian Prophecy
When do you think the world will end? Please leave your comments.