It's The End of the World as We Know it (Again): Chuck Smith More Rapture-Ready Than Ever

Chuck Smith is putting on his Nostradamus pants again. 

The Calvary Chapel founder wrapped up the 2012 SoCal Prophecy Conference at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills last Sunday with happy talk about the world's imminent doom and the rapture of the church.

According to Christianpost.com, Smith smiled during a sermon in which he spoke of war in the Middle East that could escalate to a global nuclear holocaust and the world's economies treading water in the crapper. 

"How can you make, you say, all these dire predictions with a smile on your face?" Smith reportedly said. "Well, because the outlook for the church is very bright. We're almost there and I know how this story ends, and that it's always comforting when you know that it ends and 'they all lived happily ever after.'" 

Smith said the world will get worse before the return of Jesus Christ

"The Bible tells us that things aren't going to get better," he said. "Evil days are going to get worse and worse. Jesus said in Matthew 24:12, 'And because iniquity of the earth will abound, the love of many will wax cold.'" 

Smith ended the conference by saying the future of the world is "pretty bleak", but for the church "it's exciting." 

Remember ye heathen: horrific news for the world means good news for evangelicals. That's how come they hate peace accords and get warm fuzzies all over when natural disasters kill thousands of people. 

Of course, this isn't the first time Smith, who is 84 years old and is being treated for lung cancer, has gotten a gleam in his eye when chatting about widespread calamity. 

In his 1978 book Future Survival, Smith predicted that Jesus could return in 1981

"I could be wrong, but it's a deep conviction in my heart, and all my plans are predicated upon that belief," Smith wrote. 

Even fellow Christians are weary of Smith's habit of hanging the future on highly-symbolic and apocalyptic literature that is interpreted differently by believers. 

Gary DeMar, a Christian dominionist, writes at Americanvision.org: "I wonder if the 8000 people in attendance at the conference know about Chuck Smith's penchant for date setting going back nearly 40 years. I wonder if the Christian Post reporter knows of Smith's poor prophetic track record. Maybe he's too young to know the history." 

DeMar goes on to say that on Dec. 31, 1979, Smith told those who had gathered on the last day of the year that the rapture would take place before the end of 1981. Apparently, Smith said ozone depletion would fulfill prophecy during the 7-year period known as the "Great Tribulation", citing Revelation 16:8: "And the fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun; and it was given to it to scorch men with fire." 

According to DeMar, Smith also made reference to Halley's Comet passing near Earth in 1986 and wreaking havoc on those not raptured, as its debris hit the planet. DeMar writes: 

"Here's how Smith explained the prophetic scenario in his book Future Survival which is nearly identical to what appears on the taped message: The Lord said that towards the end of the Tribulation period the sun would scorch men who dwell upon the face of the earth (Rev. 16). The year 1986 would fit just about right! We're getting close to the Tribulation and the return of Christ in glory. All the pieces of the puzzle are coming together." 

Depends on whose puzzle yer playin' with, Chuck.
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Vegaslocal2004
Vegaslocal2004

I have extensively looked into this and Chuck Smith is 100% correct!! Everything is lining up perfectly with the bible.

Dax
Dax

Well, Smith wouldn't have any power if people weren't attracted to his magnet of stupidity. And dominionist DeMar is hardly more stable.

909Jeff
909Jeff

CCCH... If there wasnt a bigger bunch of narcissistic people that converged on one location weekly to show off who has the coolest escalade... or the wife dripping with the most ice. 

I bet you they announce their tithings there. I'm the coolest I gave more!

Edit to include... Jack Hibbs is a really good dude... His "flock" is a little full of themselves.

Rayann Castro
Rayann Castro

Still predicting?? Come on now...

“No one knows when that day or hour will come – not the angels in heaven, not the Son, but only the Father.” – Mark 13:32

Forgot that one, huh? Even Jesus hasn't gotten a heads up...just quit it.

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