The End Is Nigh!!!

7 comments June 4th, 2006at 05:01pm Posted by Eli

That would be soooo typical for the world to end on the day before my birthday…

Something about the number 666 brings out the worry, the hope and even the humor in people, said the Rev. Felix Just, a professor of theology at the University of San Francisco. A Jesuit priest, Just has taught both apocalyptic theory and mathematics and maintains a ”666-Numbers of the Beast” Web site that contains history, theology, math and precisely 66 one-line jokes about 666.

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”Many people avoid the number; they’re afraid of it almost and there’s absolutely no reason to be afraid of it,” Just said. ”It is not a prediction of future events. It is not supposed to be taken as a timetable for when the world is going to end.”

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But for some more apocalyptic theologians, the end of times is coming, even if not specifically on Tuesday. The evangelical Raptureready.com Web site puts its ”rapture index” at 156, calling that ”fasten your seatbelts” time. [There are Rapture seatbelts? Are there Rapture airbags as well? Where can I go to learn more about proper Rapture safety procedures?]

It’s not the date June 6 that’s worrisome, but the signs in our society of the approach of the 666 antichrist, said the Rev. Tim LaHaye, founder of a self-named ministry and co-author of the best-selling ”Left Behind” series of apocalyptic novels. And even though LaHaye said Tuesday isn’t the date of the apocalypse, his Left Behind Web site promotes his new book ”The Rapture” with an ominous ”06.06.06 Will You Be Ready.”

”I don’t think that people understand that 666 is not a good time,” LaHaye said. He said he sees signs of an upcoming ”tribulation period” that leads to the Antichrist’s arrival in a movement toward one-world government, a single economic system and single religion.

This has to be my favorite part of the article, though:

You can even make sport of it, betting online whether the apocalypse will happen on that date. The good news is that one online oddsmaker has made the world a 100,000-to-1 favorite to survive Tuesday….

WHO WOULD MAKE THAT BET???

(On the other hand, if I bet $100 billion that the world wouldn’t end…)

Entry Filed under: Weirdness

7 Comments

  • 1. Lizzy  |  June 4th, 2006 at 7:11 pm

    It is going to be your birthday??? Then the world won’t end.

    I was reading the open thread…do you have a link to this idiot goldstein?

  • 2. Silleigh  |  June 4th, 2006 at 9:21 pm

    Happiest of upcoming birfdays!

    I wonder if the fundies are at all ripped that the new Omen movie is apparently premiering on 6-6-06. (Just saw a preview today, that’s the only reason I know.)

  • 3. Eli  |  June 4th, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    I hope not, Lizzy.

    And… No. And I never will.

    Thanks, Sill! I would *love* to see them try to boycott it or picket it or whatever it is they do…

  • 4. Speechless  |  June 4th, 2006 at 9:37 pm

    All year I’ve been looking forward to the coolness of writing 06/06/06 on my checks and letters when June arrived, just as I’d savored 05/05/05 last year and April 4 the year before that–It occurs to me that we have a very low threshold for excitement in our house.

    Now I’m disgusted to learn that the fundy fringe has gotten there before me, and ruined it. Apocalypse my ass — and I don’t say that sort of thing very often. If these idiots do shoot the world to hell just to prove they were right about a loving savior, I wouldn’t be at all surprised.

    It probably will be good news when we get to 6/7/06 and we have the next version of The Great Disappointment which kicked off so many millenialist and pre millenialist churches back in the 19th century.

    Just as we needed 1984 to come and go to get over the mystique of Orwell’s book, we need to get to your birthday, just to prove that world can survive it!

  • 5. karmic_jay  |  June 5th, 2006 at 10:59 am

    That would be soooo typical for the world to end on the day before my birthday…

    So would you be left behind?
    BTW Have a happy birthday!

  • 6. Secret Rapture  |  June 6th, 2006 at 10:30 am

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

    Read My Inaugural Address Online
    My Site = http://www.angelfire.com/crazy/spaceman
    Your jaw will drop!

  • 7. Rapture Forums  |  May 25th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    Some things in the Bible we are not given the exact details. But regardless God’s word will come true in his perfect plan for redemption. Trying to guess rapture dates, etc. is a lost cause.


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