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The PIC and The Church's Rapture

“The 88 Reasons Why Rosh-hash-ana 1988 Must Be The Time of The Church's Rapture”, a book by Edgar C. Whisenant

In May 1988, my wife was handed a book by Edgar C. Whisenant that purported to analyze Biblical prophecies, the calendar and every scripture to determine that The Rapture would be on October 4, 1988, that WWIII was going to begin at 6:00PM on October 6, 1988. She passed the book to me and I read it with a fair amount of skepticism and humor. The author seemed quite earnest in his lengthy and scholarly presentation. I marveled at its timeliness, too - only months before the end. I told my wife that it was fortunate that we would be driving through the deserts of Arizona on vacation when the bombs began to fall and that maybe we would miss it altogether. I joked that we might report for our flight back to Georgia at the end of our trip and find the airport and all the people gone. I thought of the book Earth Abides by George R. Stewart in 1949 where Isherwood Williams emerges from the mountains after narrowly surviving a rattle snake bite to find all humans and most other animal species dead from some unknown virus.

She was not appreciative of my lack of concern, after all this man had 88 proofs that he knew what would happen and exactly when. He claimed that all the pieces fit. All the dates were adjusted for the changes of calendar that had taken place over the last 1,988 years. He said that his analysis fit with all 886 Biblical end-time prophecies. It was perfect. It was wrong.

His was to be the grandest terrestrial example of the Principle of Imminent Collapse. In June he was reporting the dire events that would begin a mere 3 months in the future. He even asserted "Can you see that it would have been literally impossible for me to have imagined all this book and made it fit my idea of the Bible, and yet fit all the above Bible limitations of God so perfectly?" He spent 14 years working on the Biblical prophecies and their timing to bring this work to fruition (just in time too.)

If the research and the conclusions actually can be made and the answer be knowable, then it is possible that it is like a quadratic equation where more than one set of mathematical variables solved the equation. Maybe it was an example of the Heisenberg Principle of Uncertainty? Heisenberg theorized that one cannot measure a natural phenomena without changing that which is measured. He set forth that theory in connection with quantum physics, but in also has wide reaching philosophical implications. For example if a doomsayer predicts that the dam will burst due to internal flaws when it is filled, and the authority half empties the dam, then it will not fail. Or if a man drives 60 MPH on the turnpike he will be at the site of a runaway truck at the moment that it crosses his path, but his "overly concerned" wife implores him to slow down a bit, and they and the truck will not meet.

So maybe since Mr. Whisenant figured out the whole divinely conceived master plan for Man and the Earth, God had to change the plan to prove that Mr. Whisenent was wrong. Or maybe in the face of Imminent Collapse, men around the world softened their positions to say that they would not act so as to bring about the end of civilizations as we know them. In any case, the Rapture did not happen as "scheduled". WW III (nor WW IV and WW V or Armageddon ) did not happen either.

"Of that day and hour knoweth no man " has been applied the return of Jesus, the end of time of Man on Earth and a host of other Biblical admonitions. But even at the simplest levels, no Man can even know the toss of a coin more accurately that 50/50 chance. He cannot even know if he will be alive and breathing in the next five minutes. So even the intense research and publishing effort that went into the "88 Reasons" and its companion tome "On Borrowed Time" suffered the fate provided by the Principle of Imminent Collapse.

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