Yestdrday my husband saw a caravan of four trucks all painted up with their doomsday message from FamilyRadio.com advertising that the end of the world will be on May 21st 20011. They were driving around town, all four of them together, I imagine, to draw the most attention as a spectacle.
We have seen them discussed here on TA in video and blog posts. However, after seeing them in our town, it provoked a discussion in which we wondered.... how would people respond if this was an Islamic sponsored caravan? Wouldn't they have been stopped in thier tracks? Are the police and FBI keeping a tally on these folks, especially now that they are coming closer to their rapture date?
They seem awfully committed to their cause. Is it possible they will try to help it along?
I image that they would be halted on some safety issue if they were part of some Muslim caravan: insighting fear in the public or something along those lines. People would be terrified that the trucks were loaded with explosives or filled with a Muslim militia. But since they are Christians.... they get a pass.
I checked out their website and they use the same line of reasoning as the Westboro Baptist Church folks, saying that it is their duty to warn people of God's impending wrath. Very helpful, don't you think?
Yes well I am a bit skeptical about that Reza Khalili guy. Seems to me much like an Iranian Khidhir Hamza who also wrote a book, revealing how important he was and how he could know the things he knew and why war was the only option and urgent. Except it turned out he wasn't and he didn't and it wasn't.
But eschatological thinking is pretty universal, whether religious or secular (think 2012 nonsense) It has pretty much always been part of the way in which people saw the world as necessarily having to exist as being analogous to the birth, life and death of human existence; with a clear beginning, a duration of existence, and a clear end. Strongly promoted medieval way of thinking. The strength of religious eschatology is that they posit an extra reality, one that ends and one that doesn't. (Maybe so that they can be wrong in both worlds.)
End timers, no matter the particulars of their nonsense, are boring at best, but sadly most often just plain annoying. They can be dangerous too, mostly for themselves, but rarely to others I think.