Hal Lindsey, in his book “The Late Great Planet Earth,” which has sold over 30 million copies, predicted that 40 years after the establishment of the country of Israel Jesus would return to earth and 7 years after that return the church and would be raptured to heaven. The problem is this: Israel was established in 1948. Christ should have returned in 1988 and the church raptured in 1995. I have a little news for us all. If this is heaven we’re all in a lot of trouble. In 1997 Hal Lindsey was forced to change his predictions.
Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson predicted that Russia was the great Gog and Magog mentioned in Ezekiel 18. When Russia collapsed in the early 90’s, losing its status as a world power, they were forced to change their positions.
I remember going into the Zondervan bookstores in the late 80’s and seeing a picture of Mikhail Gorbachev with his characteristic birthmark on the top of his bald head on the cover of a prophecy book. The author had it all worked out. He had charted the biblical prophecies and decoded the symbols and proven that Gorbachev was the anti-Christ. I never bought into it for a minute and I was delighted when Gorbachev, far from a world dictator, turned out to be the single most responsible person for the demise of Soviet Russia.
Harold Camping, president of Family Radio, predicted the world would end in September of 1994. Grant R. Jeffrey wrote a popular book called Armageddon stating that the year 2000 was the most likely date of the world’s end. Now that we are moving past the year 2000 and the year 2001, hopefully most of these doom and gloomers will give it a rest but I’m not holding my breath.