Tuesday, February 08, 2005

"The Rapture Index"

I wasn't going to link to this, but it's so intriguing, I may even add it to the Blogroll.

Apparently someone has taken it upon themselves to keep track of all the "events" that will indicate the timing of the "rapture" (not something that is part of my theology, by the way).

It's an interesting site, though, because the home page lists quotes like this, which I really can't argue with: "He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse." (Proverbs 28:27), and "When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail." - Abraham Maslow, and even something the call an "Uninspired Quote:" "You can't just let nature run wild." - Wally Hickel, former Alaska governor

But then the "Rapture Index" includes such indications of the "end times" as: Ecumenism; civil rights; Gog (Russia) (I remember from Hal Lindsey's The Late Great Planet Earth, back in high school, that "Gog=Russia, and "Magog"=U.S. Supposedly these were the countries involved in the battle of Armageddon. Kind of thought that designation had been dropped after the USSR collapsed. I do note, however, that: "The lack of activity has downgraded this category."); and, of course, "Liberalism."

So, I don't offer it in mockery, or in praise. But it's an interesting insight into how secular thinking ("Liberalism;" "Civil rights") can combine with religious zeal (honestly, this thing must take a lot of work to keep up with), and some valid attention to the teachings of Scripture (Proverbs 28:27) can exist alongside some...well, very curious concerns.

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