This, like alien abductions, satanic rituals at pre-school and resistance to universal healthcare, seems to be primarily an American thing.
Now, every once in a while I’m in church myself (for professional reasons), and I seem to recall hearing something about “you will not know the day nor the hour”. Wouldn’t it be “wise in thine own eyes”, then (as the sign above admonishes the reader not to be), to try to beat God at his own game?
Also, in my admittedly somewhat limited knowledge of the Bible, I thought that the Rapture, Jesus’ arrival, and Judgement Day were different events.
There are going to be a lot of very disappointed people a week from Saturday. I can’t help but think that the belief in a quick and happy end to life on earth is no more than a way to divert one’s thoughts about a possibly dismal future. Some people will literally believe anything, but for me it is most painful to watch them put their children through this.