The Rapture Profiteers
rendezvous with Jesus, and ascend to the Kingdom of Heaven.
This means there are only so many days left to get rich.
All are facing a common problem of the Rapture business: They’re making more money than they can spend before the world ends.
Yet the dirty little secret about the Rapture trade is that it’s run by people who often hope there is no Rapture. The trick is to encourage belief in—and spending on—the Rapture for as long as possible. Camping’s most recent failed prophecy—his fifth—has reaffirmed many Rapture-based entrepreneurs’ conviction that staying vague is the best plan. Terry James, who co-runs RaptureReady.com with Strandberg, recently published his 22nd book on the end of the world. “We don’t set dates,” he says. “That’s one thing that Jesus said. No one knows the hour except the Father.” Left Behind author LaHaye urges his readers to log on to his site to “take your time, browse around, but by all means, get prepared for the coming of the Lord”—whenever that happens.
Regardless, many Rapture enthusiasts believe that even if the world does not end on Aug. 2 or Oct. 21, then 2012 is definitely the year to end all years. And this is good news for Harold Camping’s own professional resurrection.
A year off the Rapture circuit could do wonders, says Karen Kessler, president of public-relations firm Evergreen Partners in Warren, N.J. Failed prophets looking to reenter the market need only “come up with some rationale why you swore what was the case was not the case,” she says. “Then you just have to hold your head up high and keep walking, and hope that if you sold enough memorabilia that’ll ease the pain.”
Dr. William H. Sledge, a Yale University professor of psychiatry, says believers in the Rapture tend to be either psychotic or very “suggestible.” In other words, if the world continues after the fall, they may be willing to give Camping a sixth chance. And a seventh.
Comment by Adamantine:
I am concerned about Christians who make money from preaching the end times story. This is not limited to eschatology but extends to all areas of religion where to become a best selling Christian author has become a temptation taking many away from the pure desire to see the lost saved.
Dr. William H. Sledge, a Yale University professor of psychiatry, says believers in the Rapture tend to be either psychotic or very “suggestible.”
This is of course nearly as troubling a comment as the all the others combined.
The real problem with the article is that the accusations about making money from the end time prophecies may be true and Damnable.
However mimicking the last paragraph of the article: