The End Times Speculator crowd seems to be collectively melting down, as they frantically search for ways to keep their audience interested and gain new followers.
Have you ever seen the movie “Cast Away” starring Tom Hanks? (Spoiler Alert). There’s a scene near the end where Chuck Noland, the man who has been trapped on a deserted island for several years, finally escapes from the island, using a raft he constructed.
The challenge for Chuck is getting over the initial heavy surf that continuously pounds the shores of his little island. If the wind is just right, he can catch it in his sails and jump over the enormous waves and finally break free into the open sea and calm water.
That’s the image I have in my head now as I think about the End Times Speculator community. For several years now, most recently since around 2012, there has been wave after wave of interesting events or round numbers that have helped them build a following:
- The Mayan calendar year, supposedly ending in 2012.
- The 4 Blood Moons theory from 2014-2015.
- Cycles of 50 and 7 years coming to fruition recently, such as the Shemitah popularized by Jonathan Cahn.
- The Revelation 12 sign on September 23, 2017.
- Israel’s 70th Anniversary on May 14, 2018.
These events can now be added to the plethora of failed predictions that have been piling up for hundreds of years. Since June, when people like JD Farag began to feel the pressure of end times fatigue setting in, we have been in relatively calm waters: other than the usual news out of the Middle East, there just isn’t anything interesting.
More importantly, there doesn’t seem to be anything on the horizon. The Speculators – and their followers – are looking ahead at what appears to be a vast, calm sea, while the noise of the huge waves of the past 5 years grows ever dimmer behind us.
So what does a Speculator do? Give up? Not on your life!
Here are some creative ways our Speculators are keeping the hype train rolling and the echo chamber sounding.
Jan Markell, for example, has resorted to a constant complaint that people are “mocking” the Endtimes and not paying attention to her views as much as she apparently thinks they should:
Calling the Second Coming “the greatest news in the Bible”, Jan Markell has been spending quite a bit of air time ridiculing, mocking and marginalizing any views that do not align with the dispensational, pre-millennial, pre-tribulation rapture view.
At one point in her video, Jan states that we should never divide over these issues, that we should respectfully disagree. Then 1 minute later she states that amillennialism “takes nothing literally” and includes it in a list of “destructive theologies.” If Jan desires a respectful tone in these discussions, perhaps she can start by not calling everybody outside of her narrow view “destructive.”
What is particularly sad are the many “middle tier” Speculators who have basically shifted all of their posts and videos into doom and gloom. I suppose when there’s nothing in the sky to look at, and nothing on the calendar, the best thing to do is constantly remind followers that the world is filled with evil. Sadly, rather than urge believers to “overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21), they chant “hold on, Jesus is coming soon.”
Geoffrey Grider (www.nowtheendbegins.com) has resorted to a constant stream of posts that either focus on the soon-coming Mark of the Beast technology and the eventual One World Government, along with post after post of liberal boogeyman hand-wringing:
Others are just hunkering down and continuing the mantra. A particularly sad routine is a Speculator will spend several months pointing at big news stories, upcoming dates, or colors of the moon and positions of stars. Then when nothing fails to transpire, they urge followers to “hold on a little longer” and “have faith in God’s timing.” They never admit their failure. They never repent. And they never stop.
Of course, none of these Speculators told their followers that God’s timing was perfect a year ago, while they strained their necks watching the Jupiter / moon pattern.
The saddest part of all is the response of their followers. Here is just a sample of what I see literally 100s of times a day:
These sad comments are not surprising. After all, JD Farag and others tell their followers “the hope of the rapture is the ONLY hope a Christian has.” This goes directly against the Bible in too many ways to count, starting with Colossians 1:27, which states that our hope is Christ in us.
Rather than seeing an increase in the celebration of what God is doing, we see more urgency, more negativity, more false promises, and more wasted time. My prediction for 2019 is a continued downward trend of followers of these people.