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Rapture 1988 cover88 Reasons Why the Rapture Could Be in 1988

Submitter: This may be the very definition of a book with outdated information. While doing some weeding I recently came across this gem that has somehow managed to remain in the stacks until 2022. We are an academic theological library, and while we try to represent a wide range of theological perspectives, it’s hard to imagine how this ever ended up in the collection. Interestingly, it seems that this is not Whisenant’s first or last attempt at predicting the end of the world.

Holly: Edgar Whisenant was a NASA engineer. Bet he was fun at cocktail parties…

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  1. “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.” – Matt. 24:36

    As a Christian, I don’t understand some Christians’ compulsion to figure out the exact date of the world’s end.

      1. Said insight including knowing what to weed WAY before it hangs around for for 30+ years, amen.

    1. The reasons are usually things like:
      -If you are a lazy sort, the world is ending soon is great because then you don’t have to do anything to improve it now, like fighting climate change or helping the needy .
      -A conman who can convince someone the world is about to end has an easier time convincing that person to hand over all of their money to “help spread the message”.
      -A cult leader can use the threat of Armageddon control their cultists. Only those who blindly obey will be spared from the imminent end of all things.

  2. No Unrequited Love Lost?

    Matthew 24:36 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.

    Voilà. So sad. Next!

    1. He got around that on a technicality — he’s only proposing to narrow it down to a week or so.

      But I’m pretty sure God meant “That also includes not the week, nor month, nor year. I didn’t even tell the angels and the kid. You mere mortals can’t figure it out with your random math. STOP TESTING ME! I’M GOOD AT SMITING, REMEMBER?”

    2. Jesus didn’t mention the year, month or week, so there!

      There was another guy named Harold Camping who predicted the rapture would happen in 1994 and when it didn’t he said his math was off, if I remember correctly. Of course his theology was off.

  3. Just a couple of weeks ago, I had a patron ask for another “world is ending in this decade” book from the 1980s, and he sat down and read it with apparent seriousness. O_0

    1. Well, people do research this for academic reasons, so it makes sense for an archive somewhere to have it. That said, if keeping this sort of literature isn’t in your library’s mission…

    2. It’s the 1980s on the phone: they say they want their end of the world back…

      …Tell ’em sorry: they waited too late. We can’t give them the end of the world back, but maybe we give them the back end of something?

  4. Of course in all the history of the world, everything about the end of the world revolves around the U.S.

  5. My mother always insisted that, in fact, the Rapture did take place on October 4, 1988. On that day, all of the true practicing Christians, who followed Christ’s word as written, were assumed into Heaven.
    However, there were so few of them that no one noticed.

      1. What does anyone think happens to those born after the rapture? It wasn’t her problem anyway, since she demonstrably wasn’t a true Christian.

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