My facebook page friends have been discussing Signs and Portents of the End. As I noted in an earlier post, the news that the Rapture is prophesied for May 21, 2011, is spreading. Earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, revolutions, tsunami, volcanoes, bookstores closing! It does look suspicious to me. However, I’ve been reading Matthew of Edessa, who wrote in the 1150s and, except for the bookstores, he cites the very same signs! He even adds the invasion of the Turk, Zengi, who conquered Matthew’s home. Poor Matthew was very disappointed that God didn’t come through and divide the sheep from the goats, or even the Orthodox Christians from the heretics.
But that doesn’t mean we should get complacent. And, if the Rapture doesn’t come on May 21, we still have another chance on Dec. 21, 2012! So don’t give up hope. As this picture, kindly provided by the Bible Society, shows, Ascension robes will one day come in handy.