A few years ago I received an email from someone who made a prediction about when the end would come. I told him that if he was serious that he would sign over his assets to me effective on the day after he was sure the end would come.
He wouldn’t do it. I did email on the day after the supposed end-of-the-world date reminding him of his folly. He emailed the following to me, “I was hoping you had forgotten.”
If you know anyone who truly believes that end is coming on September 23, 2017, have them message me on Facebook and I’ll send them a contract.
For more than 40 years I have been following the views of prophecy speculation and the claims made by people about end-of-the-world scenarios. The latest is said to happen on September 23, 2017.
People have short memories or have no memory about prophecy speculators who have assured an anxious public that Jesus would return by this or that day, week, or year. His coming is always said to be “near.” The 1980s was described as the “terminal generation.”
In 1970, Hal Lindsey wrote The Late Great Planet Earth that included a prophetic teaser that something called the “rapture” would take place before 1988. It was based on his claim that when Israel became a nation again in 1948 that the “rapture” would occur within a 40-year prophetic window.
In 1988, NASA engineer Edgar Whisenant wrote 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be In 1988. When the “rapture” didn’t occur, he revised his book with 89 reasons why the rapture would be in 1989.
Following a similar prophetic script, Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel in California wrote in his 1976 book The Soon to be Revealed Antichrist that “we are living in the last generation which began with the rebirth of Israel in 1948 (see Matt. 24:32–34).” He repeats the claim in his 1978 book End Times: