service will place your dog or cat in the home of a caring atheist on Judgment
million—believe there will be a Second Coming in their lifetimes, followed by
the Rapture. In this event, they say, the righteous will be spirited away to a
better place while the godless remain on Earth. But what will become of all the
retired retail executive in New Hampshire, says many people are troubled by
this question, and he wants to help. He started a service called Eternal
Earth-Bound Pets that promises to rescue and care for animals left behind by
as "the next best thing to pet salvation in a Post Rapture World,"
the service has attracted more than 100 clients, who pay $110 for a 10-year
contract ($15 for each additional pet.) If the Rapture happens in that time,
the pets left behind will have homes—with atheists. Centre has set up a
national network of godless humans to carry out the mission. "If you love
your pets, I can't understand how you could not consider this," he says.
the idea while working on his book, The Atheist Camel Chronicles, written under
the pseudonym Dromedary Hump. In it, he says many unkind things about the
devout and confesses that "I'm trying to figure out how to cash in on this
hysteria to supplement my income."
Centre, he has tapped into a source of genuine unease. Todd Strandberg, who
founded a biblical prophecy Web site called raptureready.com that draws 250,000
unique visitors a month, agrees that Fido and Mittens are doomed. "Pets
don't have souls, so they'll remain on Earth. I don't see how they can be taken
with you," he says. "A lot of persons are concerned about their pets,
but I don't know if they should necessarily trust atheists to take care of
challenge for Centre. He must reassure the Rapture crowd that his pet rescuers
are wicked enough to be left behind but good enough to take proper care of the
abandoned pets. Rescuers must sign an affidavit to affirm their disbelief in
God—and they must also clear a criminal background check. "We want people
who have pets and are animal lovers," Centre says. They also must have the
means to rescue and transport the animals in their charge. His network consists
of 26 rescuers covering 22 states. "They take this very seriously,"
atheist recruits is Laura, a woman in her 30s who lives near the buckle of the
Bible Belt in Oklahoma, and who prefers not to give her last name. She has two
dogs of her own and has made a commitment to rescue four dogs and two cats
when—if—the time comes. "If it happens, my first thought will be, 'I've
got work to do,'" Laura says. "The first thing I'll do is find out
where I need to go exactly."
know the precise location of the animals until the Rapture arrives, at which
time they will contact Centre for instructions. "I've got to get to [the
pets] within a maximum of 18 to 24 hours. We really don't want them to wait
more than a day." A day she believes will never come.
he will ever have to follow through on the service he offers. But he believes
in virtuous acts. His Web site directs about $200 a month in proceeds from
Google ads to food banks in Minnesota and New Hampshire. And to pet owners, he
has already delivered something of great value: peace of mind, for just 92
cents a month. "If we thought the Rapture was really going to
happen," Centre says, "obviously our rate structure would be much
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Bishop to the free reformed church of England said, he had never heard such tot,
he said all animals have souls and if fact he himself has given many crossing
over blessing to help guide peoples pet over and the Rapture is a reference to
the being caught up referred to in the Biblical passage Thess when in the End
Times the Christians will be gathered together in the air to meet Christ.
is 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, in which Paul cites "the word of the
Lord" about the return of Jesus to gather his saints, Michael the Arch Angel
use the words when the father calls our names we shall stand by his side.
alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the
Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.1 Thess 4
regarding the timing of Christ's return including whether it will occur in one
event or two, and various views regarding the destination of the 1 Thessalonians
4 aerial gathering:
Evangelicals hold the return of Christ to be two distinct events or one second
coming in two stages which is due to their misinterpretations which in common within
many faiths that have rewritten the words of God to suit their own beliefs,
this can be very clearly seen not only in some Bibles but also some versions of
the Qur’an that have been written by men and misinterpreted and used for their corruptions
of souls, greed and control over the people.
the return described in Matthew 24:29-31. Although both describe a return of
Jesus, these are seen to be separated in time by more than a brief period. The
first event may or may not be seen (which is not a primary issue), and is
called the rapture, when the saved are to be 'caught up,' from whence the term
rapture is taken. The 'second coming' is the public event when Christ's
presence is prophesied to be clearly seen as he returns to end a battle staged
at Armageddon, though possibly fought at the Valley of Jehoshaphat. The
majority of dispensationalists hold that the first event proceeds the period of
Tribulation, even if not immediately, Michal says he will be at the head of his
father’s army when he commands, and all those of corrupted and greed shall be
fallen and will not enter the kingdom of his father but will every remain as a
year rule of Christ, and as such Amillennialism does not necessarily imply much
difference between itself and other forms of millennialism besides that denial.
However, there is considerable overlap of Amillenialism (such as in most Roman
Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians (PCUSA), and
others), Postmillennialists (such as some Presbyterians, and others), and
Historic Premillennialists (such as with some Calvinistic Baptists, and others)
with those who hold that the return of Christ will be a single, public event.
Second-Coming-to-Earth are likely to emphasize mutual similarities between
passages of scripture where clouds, angels or the archangel Michael,
resurrection, and gathering are mentioned. Although some (such as some
Amillennialists) may take the Rapture to be figurative, rather than literal,
these three groups are likely to maintain that passages regarding the return of
Christ describe a single event. Then some may also claim that the "word of
the Lord" cited by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 is the Olivet Discourse
which Matthew separately describes in Matthew 24:29-31. Although the doctrinal
relationship of the rapture and the Second Coming are the same in these three
groups, Historic Premillennialists are more likely to use the term
"rapture" to clarify their position in distinction from Dispensationalists.
with an eventual return to earth. Roman Catholic commentators, for example
Walter Drum (1912), identify the destination of the 1 Thessalonians 4:17
gathering as heaven.
some Anglican commentators, for example N. T. Wright, identify the destination
as a specific place on earth. Often the destination identified is Jerusalem.
This interpretation may sometimes be connected to Christian-environmentalist
concerns but many have missed the words that have been hidden within the holy
words because they’re just not meant to see them, they’re not for them to see
and that’s the will of God, the holy word are the ways we should conduct our
lives and the true words are the guide of life to life.