I still laugh remembering my now-deceased Granny telling me about the time she and Grandpa were driving out west. They had been on a long, lonely stretch of highway for some time without encountering another car for what seemed like an eternity. They began to joke about how they hoped the rapture hadn’t taken place and they had been left behind (please, let’s not launch into a debate over Pre-Trib/Post-Trib, whether the sheep will be raptured, or the goats taken first perspectives…that’s not the point of this story).
As the time continued to tick by and they passed a few seemingly abandoned rest stops and filling stations, the two became increasingly nervous. Finally, after about an hour of not seeing anyone, Granny turned to Grandpa and just said, “You don’t suppose…?”
She actually believed it happened. I still can’t get over that. But on April 23rd, when two separate events converge, there may be a few worldly folks that experience something similar.
First, April 23rd is the most recent predicted date for the end of the world. You might recall it was just a few years ago that Harold Camping announced that, “beyond a shadow of a doubt” the end of the world was coming on May 21, 2011. Because, of course, in a slightly altered version of Matthew 24:36, “No man knows the hour except the Father…and Harold Camping.”
As it turned out, it probably wasn’t a good idea for me to triumphantly tell my boss he could take my job and shove it when I left work on May 20. The end of the world didn’t happen as promised. But now we’ve got the next prediction and it makes perfect sense:
According to conspiracy theorists, codes in the Bible suggest the end of the world is imminent, with Earth set to be destroyed on April 23…On April 23, the sun and moon will be in Virgo, as will Jupiter, which represents the Messiah.
Experts at first dismissed this claim when they discovered this alignment happens every 12 years.
However, the conspiracy theories claim another planetary alignment, representing “the Lion of the tribe of Judah’, will make this time the Rapture.
Christian conspiracy theorist David Meade is the main expert suggesting the end times are here.
And if you’re not particularly inclined to listen to Dave, there’s always the late Stephen Hawking who we are told is tied to a cryptic voicemail left for Twitter followers warning of an alien takeover of Earth in April. So that’s something to look forward to.
Now, while all that is shaping up, there’s also a planned parent protest of the disgusting and graphic sexual content being pushed by far-left LGBT organizations like the anti-Christian hate group Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Unlike the issues involving the supposed end of the world, those highlighted by these concerned parents are certainly deadly serious.
But it makes me wonder – as talk of the rapture intensifies in the lead up to April 23, and thousands of good Christian people will be absent from public schools that day, how many will look at the empty chairs of their believing classmates and say to each other, “You don’t suppose…?”