Of course, we really have no way of knowing. As Jesus said, “No man knows the day or hour.”
But that hasn’t stopped many of our Protestant brethren (specifically, those of the Dispensationalist, or “Left Behind” variety) from attempting to prognosticate about this in the past.
If you were alive or sentient back then, you may remember the big hullabaloo surrounding the year 1988. According to the reckoning of many, that was the year, a generation (i.e. 40 years) after the founding of Israel when the End Times were about to commence. I even had one co-worker (whose “house church” seemed to do little else besides study Daniel and Revelation) actually holed up in their leader’s basement on Yom Kippur of that year for three days expecting to be raptured away.
Of course, it never happened as they thought. However, the thought around Dispensationalist circles after that was that, instead of 1988, the End would instead come in 2007, 40 years after Israel retook Jerusalem (which happened in 1967).
My question is: have any of you heard any buzz from Dispensationalist groups that they are gearing up for next year for a repeat of 1988? Is this something we need to prepare a ready apologetic for now, since we and our fellow Catholics are sure to be bombarded with this type of talk during the next several months?
In this time of the liturgical year (Advent) when Catholics traditionally start thinking about the Last Things and many of the readings are taken from the Book of Revelation, would this be a good time to start preparing – apologetics-wise, that is?
Any thoughts on this would be welcome. :tiphat: (although I don’t want to discuss the merits of Dispensationalism itself. Please start another thread if you are so inclined)