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Re: Millennium Raises Hopes, Fears

From: RGates8254@aol.com [Robert Gates]
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 17:45:53 -0500 (EST)
Fwd Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 23:57:48 -0500
Subject: Re: Millennium Raises Hopes, Fears


>  From: RSchatte@aol.com [Rebecca Schatte]
>  Date: Sat, 25 Oct 1997 15:27:36 -0400 (EDT)
>  To: updates@globalserve.net
>  Subject: Fwd: Millennium Raises Hopes, Fears


>  ---------------------
>  Forwarded message:
>  Subj:    Millennium Raises Hopes, Fears
>  Date:    97-10-25 12:11:20 EDT
>  From:    AOL News

>  .c The Associated Press

>        By DAVID BRIGGS

>        WASHINGTON (AP) - Jesus Christ is about to return, and the 1,500
>  folks packed into the Sheraton Washington ballroom couldn't be
>  happier.

<snip>

>        Others, both in and out of the mainstream, are also blowing
>  horns of warning. There are best-sellers such as Pat Robertson's
>  ``The End of the Age.'' Scores of broadcasters, from Jack Van Impe
>  to Hal Lindsey, are preaching of the end times. And the Internet
>  offers more than 100 popular millennial sites, including Apocalypse
>  Now, This Week in Bible Prophecy and The Jehovah's Witnesses'
>  Homepage.

  Not to mention the mailing during the Gulf War, from Jerry
Falwell in which he reccomended and touted some guy that was
preaching that the Gulf War was Armegeddon blah blah blah, the
end of the world is not going to happen any later then 1995, etc,
etc.

>        For evangelical Christians, the Second Coming is what's new
>  about the new millennium. According to the AP poll, almost 40
>  percent of Christians expect Jesus to arrive in the 21st century,
>  if not sooner.

>        They are looking past Jesus' own admonition that ``no one knows
>  the hour.'' By their reckoning of Biblical clues, the time is soon.

  The time has always been "soon."  When Christ left the
apostles, they thought his return was or would be soon.   Some
years ago a historian documented all the then millennium/end of
the world  girations that happened at  the end of the first
millennium about 990 AD, i.e. everybody was in a frothing lather
that the end would happen at 1000 AD.

  In 1968, the end of the world/Armeggeddon WAS absolutly without
a doubt going to happen in 1975.  Then 1980, Then 1985, then
1989, then 1995 and so forth.

  Now all the books/authors/experts are theorizing with various
dates from 1998, 99, 2000, and some of them are even going into
2004.

  The nostrodaums "experts" have also fingered this or that date.

  Not to mention I have over the years seen "experts" pick 2004,
2007, 2014 as the year which the Mayand calender (hence the end
of the world in their mind) ends.

<snip>

>        Israel.

>        The New Testament compares the kingdom of God, near at hand, to
>  the growth of a fig tree. Some believers substitute Israel for the
>  tree. They say the Second Coming is near at hand when the tree
>  shoots forth branches - when Israel becomes a nation.

>        And that happened in 1948.

>        ``Verily I say unto you, `This generation shall not pass away,
>  till all be fulfilled,''' Jesus says in Luke 21:32.

>        Since many end-time prophets also place the apocalyptic
>  Armageddon in Israel, developments there continue to stir interest.
>  In 1967, when Israel reclaimed much of Jerusalem from Jordan, the
>  prophecy in Luke was only strengthened.

>        During the 1991 war between the United States and Iraq, many
>  evangelists - from Billy Graham to John Walvoord, chancellor of the
>  Dallas Theological Seminary - envisioned the beginning of the end.

>        And when the 1993 Mideast peace pact was signed, radio
>  evangelist Monte Judah of Norman, Okla., identified the beginning
>  of seven years' tribulation heralding the Second Coming.

<snip>

   Many people have fingered the 7 years of tribulation/rapture
to happen in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

  Bottom line is we are going to live and exist on an earth that
has terrible problems.  We will see wars, and blood shed, natural
disasters which will hurt people and their properties,
earthquakes and many other calamitys.  No one will be raptured.
The year 2000 will come and go, and people will be focused on
this or that date in the future, say 2009, or 2020, or 2005 or
whenever.

   My personal opinion is the 2nd coming will happen at some
point in the future BUT, I am probably more likely to meet
Christ, should I get killed in a automobile accident then I am
sitting around reading various books, by various experts all
fingering this or that date as being the one.

Cheers,
Robert


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