Friday, November 25, 2005

Rapture Index

I came across this website, the Rapture Index, a while ago. Every day, it attempts to estimate the likelihood that the rapture (the event in which Christians are taken into heaven and non-Christians are left behind) will occur that day. The author assigns numerical values to 45 factors (examples: Inflation, Anti-Semitism, Volcanoes, Satanism), adds up the numbers, and comes up with the "Rapture Index." It's at 156 today, very high--anything above 145 means "Fasten your seat belts," because we're speeding toward the occurrence of pre-tribulation rapture.

Each day, the author comments on the factors that are in flux. Some of the explanations make sense--the "Flood" factor is up because of Hurricane Katrina. Others are less obvious: the "Antichrist" factor is down lately because of "The French no vote on the EU constitution."

If you like, you can also check out the Rapture Ready FAQ, guaranteed to offend everyone I know. One of the questions: "Is the Pope the Antichrist?" Answer: probably not, because he's not Jewish. Lovely.


Fishfrog said...

I can always count on you to help spread the hate.

Matt said...

Nutty for sure, but surprisingly sane when it comes to bible codes:

The codes are found by searching for equidistant letter sequences--that is, words occurring in the text of the Bible that have certain intervals between the letters. For example, the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, and 25th letter of the text might spell out a five-letter word.

The Bible codes are real but there is nothing special about them. Any large book will have similar clusters of words that match those found in the Bible. What makes the codes appear to be supernatural is the simple fact that people are looking for what they want to find.

Now if only they could apply that level-headed rationalism to other subjects.

Anonymous said...

My Inaugural Address at the Great White Throne Judgment of the Dead, after I have raptured out billions!


Your jaw will drop!

Anonymous said...

Funny, it must have been changed since your post, because now anything above 160 is 'fasten your seatbelts', probably because the index keeps rising and it's hard t get around with a fastened sealbelt. It's 162 today.

Reminds me of something Margaret Atwood said regardng her dystopian novel, "The Handmaid's Tale." It was written in the mid 90's. In 2003, she said that we were getting closer to the society portrayed in that novel. Proceed with caution.