Oy vey! Another doomsday prediction gone sour!

For the past couple of months, I’ve caught bits and pieces on religious talk radio of some strange prediction about the end of the world happening this past Saturday, September 23rd. Well, it’s September 25th and we’re all still here. Evidently, “Christian numerologist and researcher,” David Meade (pictured), had posted a You Tube video predicting the end of the world on September 23rd, but he’s now pushed the date back to October 15th, along with all kinds of lame excuses. It’s Edgar C. Whisenant all over again (see below). I agree that circumstances in the world are getting increasingly dicey, but no man knows the day of the Lord’s return.

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” – Matthew 24:26

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After we accepted the Lord in 1983, my wife and I attended an independent fundamentalAAAAAA Baptist (IFB) church for eight years. We were firmly grounded in God’s Word at that church, but the pastor also took the congregation down some strange rabbit holes. I can laugh about it now.

In the early part of 1988, a small booklet was creating quite a stir at our church as well as at thousands of other evangelical and fundamentalist churches. Former NASA engineer, Edgar C. Whisenant, had written “88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988.” Based on information from the Bible and using his own mathematical calculations, Whisenant had determined the Rapture of the church would occur sometime between September 11th and September 13th of 1988. 4.5 million copies of the booklet ended up being distributed.

Like most IFB preachers, our pastor often taught the Rapture – the taking up of Christians bodily into…

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12 thoughts on “Oy vey! Another doomsday prediction gone sour!

    1. So it’s all about your hair again, Wally? Was that meant to provoke me? Just kidding, bro. 😁 I hesitated in giving this guy any exposure but I heard several references to his “prediction” on (c)hristian radio.

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      1. I had a traumatic experience a couple of months ago when I went to the barber and “graduated” from my regular scissors cut to a #4 clippers cut. Can’t stand in the way of “progress.” Don’t judge me, brother. I don’t have a problem at all with my thinning dome. 😁

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  1. I remember Whisenant’s book. I thought it was junk. I regarded him as a soon-to-be member of the failed prophets club. One of his 88 reasons was the alignment of some of the planets, called by some the Harmonic Convergence. It sounded like a New Age (what ever happened to them?) band.

    1988 was a pivotal year in that it mostly ended the predictions from the pre-mil, pre-trib perspective of the Lord’s return. There are no more prophecy conferences. This did not stop Harold Camping (amillennial) from making several attempts. He went total heretic when he declared the church age was over. Every one now meet in homes.

    To paraphrase the spouse: “It is really arrogant for these people to claim to know something the Lord said that even He did not know.”

    Pastor Joe’s not warning the congregation about Whisenant’s folly was an egregious failure. Joe was not alone. When it comes to being “wise as serpents, harmless as doves,” we need to work on the serpent part. We have the dove thing nailed.

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    1. Thanks Randy. Yes, Joe had around 50 “go to” sayings and one was “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Too bad Joe didn’t have a little wisdom when it came to all the shenanigans going on at VBC the last 25 years.

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    1. I see from his Amazon page that he cranks out oddball books one after the other. But he bit off more than he can chew with his Planet X doomsday prediction. Who would buy another book from him after 9/23 came and went?

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