I never thought I would ever say that I agree with atheists about the way some Christians interpret the Bible. But on the subject of Bible prophecy, these atheists are partially right. The group American Atheists is planning a “Rapture Party” on May 21–22 for “heathens and skeptics.” They’re advertising the event on a billboard. Here’s the message:
“The Rapture: You KNOW it’s Nonsense. 2000 Years of ‘Any Day Now.’ Learn the Truth at our Rapture Party, May 21–22.”
A lot of Christians will dismiss this stunt as just more atheist-mocking that only confirms that we are living in the last days because of what Peter writes in 2 Peter 3:3–4 (see article here). The mocking of these first-century skeptics concerned Jesus’ prediction that He would return to destroy Jerusalem in fiery judgment (Matt. 22:7) before that first-century generation passed away (24:34). The prediction of an event that was said to be so “near” that it would come upon that generation and has not taken place after nearly 2000 years have passed deserves to be mocked.