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Tragedy Holds Silver Lining for Christian Extremists. (Front Lines)

Magazine article Free Inquiry

Tragedy Holds Silver Lining for Christian Extremists. (Front Lines)

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In the wake of the events of September 11, Bible sales soared and more people went to church. But the biggest boon may have come to End-Times believers.

Some ten million people believe that we are living in the last days of Earth, holding to a scenario put forth by Hal Lindsey in 1970 in a best-selling book called The Late Great Planet Earth. He envisioned an apocalyptic nuclear war in the Middle East. After September 11, he proclaimed, "I warned that America will be destroyed as a world power and that terrorism was one way this could happen. This scenario seems to have begun."

That New York City and the world's best-known skyscrapers should have been the target of a terrorist attack further confirms the notion that the last days have begun. A painting called The Rapture, sold by the Bible Believers' Evangelistic Association of Sherman, Texas, and known to millions, shows destruction and chaos occurring as true believers are spirited to heaven--including the crashing of a jetliner into a skyscraper (never mind that the plane is supposed to be pilotless since he or she is Christian and had just been "raptured"). …

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