Skip to comments.Make My Bed? But You Say the World’s Ending (Rapture Prophecy Tests Families - NY Times)
Posted on 05/20/2011 10:15:13 AM PDT by Gena Bukin
The Haddad children of Middletown, Md., have a lot on their minds: school projects, SATs, weekend parties. And parents who believe the earth will begin to self-destruct on Saturday.
The three teenagers have been struggling to make sense of their shifting world, which started changing nearly two years ago when their mother, Abby Haddad Carson, left her job as a nurse to sound the trumpet on mission trips with her husband, Robert, handing out tracts. They stopped working on their house and saving for college.
Last weekend, the family traveled to New York, the parents dragging their reluctant children through a Manhattan street fair in a final effort to spread the word.
My mom has told me directly that Im not going to get into heaven, Grace Haddad, 16, said. At first it was really upsetting, but its what she honestly believes.
Thousands of people around the country have spent the last few days taking to the streets and saying final goodbyes before Saturday, Judgment Day, when they expect to be absorbed into heaven in a process known as the rapture. Nonbelievers, they hold, will be left behind to perish along with the world over the next five months.
With their doomsday T-shirts, placards and leaflets, followers often clutching Bibles are typically viewed as harmless proselytizers from outside mainstream religion. But their convictions have frequently created the most tension within their own families, particularly with relatives whose main concern about the weekend is whether it will rain.
Kino Douglas, 31, a self-described agnostic, said it was hard to be with his sister Stacey, 33, who doesnt want to talk about anything else.
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I mowed my grass just in case.
I’ve seen this before. They will just make excuses, change the date, and do it all over again.
Yep. I would LOVE to find some of these people who are completely sold on the idea and buy all their stuff for ten bucks, though.
Except people have maxed out their credit cards, spent their savings, drained their kids' college funds, quit their jobs and put their pets to sleep.
Sunday is going to be pretty rough for some of these people.
Either way, I’m eating cheesecake. If it is the end of times, I am not sure that in on the menu in heaven. If it isn’t the end of times, my diet will start on Monday. Win Win!!
Remember when Ted Danson gave the world ten years to total environmental destruction? How many years ago was that?
People who've destroyed the lives of their loved ones will deserve to have a pretty rough Sunday.
****And parents who believe the earth will begin to self-destruct on Saturday.***
Some people believed the same thing in 1988.
I think I’ll let the mowing go until Monday.
The looters can deal with it.
Back in the early 1980s, at a family reunion in southern Arkansas, an old woman in the family claimed to have a vision that the family needed to stay together till the “Rapture”. They did.
They lost homes to forclosure, lost jobs, and basicly completely turned their lives upside down.
Finally the old woman died, and the families drifted apart realizing they had been “had”.
I’ve woke up on a few Sundays where I wished the world would end. Mostly in college.
Like a true cult, Camping effectively exalts himself as the supreme interpreter of Scripture to the exclusion of those who dissent from him, and even teaches the lost are those who deny that believers will know the hour of Christ’s coming. Yet prior to that he said that he makes plans for future business on earth (as does his ministry now: http://money.cnn.com/2011/05/19/news/economy/may-21-end-of-the-world-finances-harold-camping), even while teaching he expects 2011 to be the end. (Time
has an end, p.22)
Countdown clock an refutation here: http://peacebyjesus.witnesstoday.org/Camping.html
Anyone know how to make the countdown clock script work here?
We do live in rough times however, and the enemies of Christ are just going to go bananas if or when this goes
awry. Part of me hopes Christ would come back 3 days later just to wipe the smirks off their faces. Let him indeed come “like a thief” when no one is expecting him!
“Gary Daniels, 27, said he planned to spend Saturday like other believers, glued to our TV sets, waiting for the Resurrection and earthquake from nation to nation.”
And what is Gary’s address?
If you've told your daughter the world is ending Saturday and she's going to hell, do you go to church on Sunday?
Sure would have some 'splainin' to do to the Lord.
Judgement Day and the so-called “Rapture” are two totally different events separated by a thousand years.................
When it doesn’t happen they will be told that because of their strong faith the world has been spared. Now go out, proselytize and get more paying customers for the radio show.
Given the option of feeling you have been duped or having saved the world - what would you choose?
Well, look on the bright side. At least it will put and end to all this Global Warming nonsense....................
Yeah, it is sad. Interesting that what you describe also happened at Y2K. A week later the paper was full of ads trying to sell generators, dried food, water purification stuff, radiation suits, etc.
This has happened dozens of times throughout history with some preacher or shamen or other fraudster.
You can’t protect stupid people from themselves.
As far as quitting a job and running up credit cards...that doesn’t sound very ‘ethical’ or ‘moral’ to me, if you think you are going to die soon. Sounds more convenient and unethical to me. Furthermore, religiously speaking, you are not supposed to ever predict or anticipate the rapture. The very people who believe this stuff are sinning themselves out of salvation by not following the Bible.
What if Jesus tells them they can’t go if they still have debts to pay? Sounds like a reasonable thing for Jesus to do.
Oh well Gena, I’ll see you tomorrow on the other side...or not, I don’t know.
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