I need to come clean before I begin this blog post: I am not a religious person. I have no faith-based core, no feeling of confusion or yearning for my life to be in someone else’s hands, and yet the idea of The Rapture intrigues me.
This weekend I sat down with some tea and cookies and watched Waiting for Armageddon, a documentary following several Evangelical Christians who believe, very seriously, that The Rapture is coming, and coming soon. Different types of Evangelicals were looked at in this documentary: a mother of about six children, a middle-aged couple, and a Pastor, just to name a few. A great deal of this documentary focuses on the site of The Second Coming—Jerusalem—and how so much of the prophecy relies on good relations with Israel so that all of God’s plans can play out just as he wrote them. For those of you who are also just tuning into the Bible (as I am), in order for all of this to work out, a large mosque which currently sits on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Dome of the Rock, needs to be demolished so that a Third Temple for God can be built by the Jews. Then there’s a lot of hubbub with the sacrifice of a red angus cow… and I get a little lost on the prophecy. In any event, the documentary picks at the holes in the scripture, highlights the blemishes of these Evangelicals, and brings in experts who testify at the hypocrisy of this group of people and their belief in The Rapture.
Frankly, I’m not here to tell you one way or the other.
I find it fascinating that these people believe in something so deeply, so truly, that they tell themselves that their children will not live to see their high school graduation because the end is near. Sure, this sounds crazy to me—I grew up as a non-practicing Jewish girl in the suburbs of New Jersey. The Evangelical world view is MILES away from what I was brought up with. What I can’t imagine is having to negotiate such a strong view (and one rooted in such old scripture) in a world that changes faster than we can keep track. Waiting for Armageddon feels a little like an exposé, which to me is strange because clearly these people have nothing to hide. They are proud of what they believe in. Their book of life instructions is public and translated into heaps of languages. I just wish I had been better informed on what they believe in.
~ Melanie Harker, Connectivity Assistant
*Watch the trailer on YouTube here and the entire documentary is available on Netflix.