“Ray! Their shoes, their socks, their clothes, everything was left behind! These people are gone!”
-Hattie Durham in Left Behind
Apparently there’s this movie coming out this weekend about the end times from a “Christian” perspective. I know this because a lot of people are blogging about how Rapture teachings are not biblical. Rather than arguing about the bibliosity™ of rapture teaching (the kind of teaching found in books and movies like “Left Behind,” “A Thief in the Night,” and “Late Great Planet Earth”), I thought I’d just make a timeline that shows how we got to thinking like this.* Enjoy!
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years 27-37 ad:
A peasant, pedestrian, preacher, named Jesus, announces the Kingdom of God, is crucified and resurrected. Implications for the next life are established. (might as well start at the beginning.)
“The Revelation” is written, the coming of Christ and the end of evil, in an apocalyptic style.
Everybody starts predicting the date when Jesus will come back, even though Jesus basically said, “don’t bother.”