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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Beck had a clip from the old guy that’s calling for this from his radio show. A caller asked him, “people have made huge donations to you. What happens on May 22 if nothing happened? Do they get their money back”? Guy said “I didn’t ask them to send money”. Laugh out loud funny!
You should have been on FR in December of 1999. Fun times...
Romans 13:8 KJV
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Please, sneak up behind him and start shaking the couch. Record and post if possible.
That’s right, the left engages in this too.
Rush has had Al Gore’s countdown clock on his site for years now.
But I don’t expect the NYSlimes to cover THAT.
Camping is cultish enough that he has told people to not go to church anymore- they are all apostate.
Due to the shortage of trained trumpeters the end of the world has been postponed 90 days.
It is already Saturday May 21st in New Zealand and Kiritimati (Christmas Island) where it is suppposed to start.
I wonder if there has been an increase in the missing persons reported or unidentified flying objects reported to the police.
Any earthquakes or volcanic eruptions being reported?
1999 I was in Israel and never heard of FR.
The first time I joined was in 2003-4? Somewhere around there. Got banned (got the zot, I was drunk and posted some crazy stuff, it was more fun than nasty). Signed up again different tag about six month later. Forgot my password at a time when FR would log you out randomly for no reason. Signed up with a new tag a little while later, went overseas, didn’t use it much and forgot my password. Signed up again (and so on) I think I’ve had more than a half dozen different names.
I remember when on any given thread, everytime you hit refresh there would be another hundred posts. Threads would commonly go to 500 or even 1000 posts. These days 50 is a good thread. But, now the posts are much more intelligent and to the point. It is a more select membership of really good people.
But yeah, in the early 2000s, FR was the wild-wild-west. Blogging and posting were brand new and everyone wanted to do it.
It was crazy. But, my God, it was fun. Some of the funniest stuff I’ve ever read came from posters on Free Republic.
Not to mention the insightful, intelligent, ground breaking, thought provoking, news making, stuff as well.
FR is the very best I the world at what it does. I love it.
What are they going to do with ten bucks?
Don't drink any Kool-Aid with them.
My sister had a spleen rapture.
Yes, but the Rapture isn't going to start until 6:00 pm in each time zone so Christmas Island has about six and a half hours from this post before the earthquakes come.
You are right, we should not hear about the earthquakes and rolling blackouts until 8am here in Europe and over there at 2am in the East.
But because his little band of followers have been so prayerful and faithful the good Lord has decided to spare us for now and the next prediction for the Rapture will be 2016 (because it is divisible by 9) - Alleluia.
Close enough to keep the fear alive and the money flowing.
For those who think Sunday will be a day after the rapture, they can sign up for the Facebook Public Event called Post Rapture Looting. Already over 737,000 people have signed up to participate. ;-)