Thursday, October 20, 2005

This is the End ... My Only Friend, The End ... Part II

Earlier in the week, the New York Times put together a fine piece on end-times thinking and gave a good overview of the differing views among various Bible-believing Christians. Check it out, it's worth a read.

Now MSNBC jumps in with a more simplistic take. Their Apocalypse, now? is pretty standard dispensational fare. Quote!

Many evangelical Christians believe these events signal the End Times, as spelled out in the Book of Revelation, which go something like this: First there is the Rapture, in which God's loyal followers suddenly disappear from Earth and enter his kingdom. Then comes the Tribulation, a seven-year period of rule by the Antichrist and severe hardship on Earth. During this time, nonbelievers who remain on Earth will have a chance to convert to Christianity but will be hounded by the Antichrist and his minions. Then comes Armageddon, when God comes back to defeat Satan in a devastating battle. Ultimately, there is Judgment Day, when those who are with God live on in Paradise, and others are eternally condemned to Hell.

There are scores of Web sites that interpret current events through the prism of biblical passages, seeing divine signs not only in the weather, but in the war in Iraq and events at the United Nations. "explains how virtually everything we are seeing, from hurricanes and tsunamis to tensions with Damascus are fulfilling prophesies." The blog strives "to document the final moments of human history as it unfolds and to announce the return of Jesus Christ on earth." The list goes on.

For a counter balance, check out Gary DeMar's Bible Prophecy and the "Good Old Days" here.