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THE RAPTURE (1941) Are You Ready For the Fire and Fury?

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Published on May 21, 2011

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Apocalypse Now?! Are YOU ready? Happy Armageddon!
It's the end of the world as we know it... how do you feel?

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THE RAPTURE (1941) A propaganda film made 70 years ago, full of scare tactics feeding the fear claming the end of the world is upon us. Just what will happen if your milk-man is caught up in the rapture?! So ...are you ready? ... In Christian eschatology, the Rapture is a reference to the being caught up referred to in the Biblical passage 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4 Verse 17, when in the End Times the Christians will be gathered together in the air to meet Christ. The primary passage used to support the idea of the Rapture is 1 Thessalonians 4.15-17, in which Paul cites "the word of the Lord" about the return of Jesus to gather his saints... 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. 1 Thessalonians 4. There are many views among Christians regarding the timing of Christ's return. Some Dispensationalist Premillennialists (including many Evangelicals) hold the return of Christ to be two distinct events or one second coming in two stages. 1 Thessalonians 4.15-17 is seen to be a preliminary event to the return described in Matthew 24.29-31. Although both describe a return of Jesus, these are seen to be separated in time by more than a brief period. The first event may or may not be seen (which is not a primary issue), and is called the rapture, when the saved are to be 'caught up,' from whence the term rapture is taken. The 'second coming' is the public event when Christ's presence is prophesied to be clearly seen as he returns to end a battle staged at Armageddon, though possibly fought at the Valley of Jehoshaphat. The majority of dispensationalists hold that the first event precedes the period of Tribulation, even if not immediately. Amillennialists deny the interpretation of a literal 1000 year rule of Christ, and as such Millennialism does not necessarily imply much difference between itself and other forms of millennialism besides that denial. However, there is considerable overlap of Amillenialism (such as in most Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians (PCUSA), and others), Postmillennialists (such as some Presbyterians, and others), and Historic Premillennialists (such as with some Calvinistic Baptists, and others) with those who hold that the return of Christ will be a single, public event. Those who identify the Rapture with the Second-Coming-to-Earth are likely to emphasize mutual similarities between passages of scripture where clouds, angels or the archangel, resurrection, and gathering are mentioned. Although some (such as some Amillennialists) may take the Rapture to be figurative, rather than literal, these three groups are likely to maintain that passages regarding the return of Christ describe a single event. Then some may also claim that the "word of the Lord" cited by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4.15-17 is the Olivet Discourse which Matthew separately describes in Matthew 24.29-31.

Some notable rapture and end of the world predictions include the following:

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.

1914, 1918, 1925 and 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. Multiple predictions.

1994:
Pastor John Hinkle of Christ Church in Los Angeles predicted

Radio evangelist Harold Camping predicted September 6, 1994.

2011:
Harold Camping's revised prediction has May 21, 2011 as the date of the rapture on Family Radio via billboards and web campaigns.

2016:
Donald J. Trump becomes President of the United States.

2017:
Donald Trump declares a war with "fire and fury" against Kim Jong Un and North Korea.

2017:
Donald J. Trump attempts to avoid impeachment before Christmas.

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.

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