Thursday, January 04, 2007

New Poll: 25% of Americans Say Second Coming Likely in 2007

Really. Not just possible (which any Christian should grant), but likely, for some reason, in 2007.

First reactions:

1. Whoa.
2. Based on what, exactly? The book of Revelation? Current American politics? The cultural swing toward relativism? Brangelina? The Twins' elimination in the playoffs?
3. Perchance, was this poll conducted outside of Brother Billy Bob's House of the Impending Apocalypse and BBQ Shack?
4. Glad I forewent that chocolate during advent. I knew something was up.
5. But it isn't even a distinctively-numbered year, like 2000! Is it the 7? What? Where's the numerology going here?
6. Is God going to make this happen if I blog about it? Like "Hey, I was planning for 3078, but since that snippy young miss challenged the likelihood of it on her blog, let's bring it on!"
7. It's all related to that Christmas Straw Goat in Sweden, isn't it?
8. Have folks been drinking and reading Nostradamus again?
9. You know, apocalypticism does explain a lot of what's on American TV these days (as in, "what the heck, this world's shot").
10. Do I have time to get my hairshirt repatched?

Well, I have been inspired (seriously) by various blog posts suggesting that a good New Year Resolution would be to consider this year your last. Very good spiritual idea.

But I'm waiting to see why one fourth of the American population thinks this year is the likely last year of the earth.


Histor the Wise said...

Well, I'll have to hurry up reading my Fifty Books of 2007, otherwise I'm not bothered.

Yeah, y'all can get crisped if you like, I bribed God into letting me get Raptured on June 13, 2007.

Alex Vitus said...

can I get an exact time, that I can look busy?

margmor said...

oh heyyyy, maybe it'll be 7/7/07!! That sounds Biblical, don't it?

Ray from MN said...

I never like reading the Book of Revelation cuz I can't understand it.

But St Faustina's Diary is pretty clear as to how to recognize the Second Coming:

"All light in the heavens will be extinguished and there will be great darkness over the whole earth. Then the sign of the cross will be seen in the sky, and from the openings where the hands and the feet of the Savior were nailed will come forth great lights which will light up the earth for a period of time. This will take place shortly before the last day.

It sounds to me like the Adoration Chapels are going to be crowded and the confessional lines extremely long at that time.

Pray that your pastor isn't in line at some other parish.

DMinor said...

I'm with the other 75%. "Tonight I'm going to party like it's 2006" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

RobK said...

Given our record on electing politicians, I am not surprised by what 50%+ of Americans think, much less 25%.

Since no one knows the time of the second coming, does this mean we can be sure it WON'T be in 2007 since so many think it will?

SIC said...

Clearly this can't be right. Pat Robertson is saying that the Lord told him that America will suffer from another terrorist attack in 2007, something along the lines of a nuclear device. Could it be that God would see fit to give a heads up on a wee little terrorist attack but forget to mention the Second Coming? I think not.

On the other hand, the pastor at my parents' church was predicting the end of the world in 2004, so maybe it's overdue. (Yes, this was at a Catholic parish. Yes, a Roman Catholic parish. In good standing.)

My motto is: Why worry about the end of the world when you could be hit by a garbage truck any day? Second coming, garbage truck...doesn't matter to me how I meet my maker, as long as I'm ready when I do!

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