First you may ask, What is the rapture? The rapture is the belief of certain Christian denominations that states that true Christians will be “caught up” and gathered in Heaven with Christ. The belief comes mainly from 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. … and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
And It’s happening today?Harold Camping, for the second time, is predicting that tomorrow will bring the rapture. He is not alone in predicting the end of days. Some of the more famous ones:
- 1844 – William Miller predicted Christ would return between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844, then revised his prediction, claiming to have miscalculated Scripture, to October 22, 1844. The realization that the predictions were incorrect resulted in a Great Disappointment. Miller’s theology gave rise to the Advent movement. The Baha’is believe that Christ did return as Miller predicted in 1844, with the advent of The Báb, and numerous Miller-like prophetic predictions from many religions are given in William Sears book, Thief in The Night.
- 1914, 1918, 1925, 1942 – Dates set for the end by the Jehovah’s Witnesses
- 1981 – Chuck Smith predicted that Jesus would probably return by 1981.
- 1988 – Publication of 88 Reasons why the Rapture is in 1988, by Edgar C. Whisenant.
- 1989 – Publication of The final shout: Rapture report 1989, by Edgar Whisenant. More predictions by this author appeared for 1992, 1995, and other years.
- 1992 – Korean group “Mission for the Coming Days” predicted October 28, 1992 as the date for the rapture.
- 1993 – Seven years before the year 2000. The rapture would have to start to allow for seven years of the Tribulation before the Return in 2000.
- 1994 – Pastor John Hinkle of Christ Church in Los Angeles predicted June 9, 1994. Radio evangelist Harold Camping predicted September 6, 1994.
- 2011 – Harold Camping’s revised prediction has May 21, 2011 as the date of the rapture.
- 2060 – Sir Isaac Newton proposed, based upon his calculations using figures from the book of Daniel, that the Apocalypse could happen no earlier than 2060.