One of the great movies of all time is “Inherit The Wind.” It’s all about the Scopes Monkey Trial, but there is one courtroom scene where Matthew Harrison Brady is pushed about his strict belief in the Bible and the beginning of time.
“A fine biblical scholar, Bishop Usher, has determined for us the exact date and hour of the Creation. It occurred in the year 4004 B.C.,” Brady said, and went on, “It’s not an opinion. It’s a literal fact — which the good Bishop arrived at through careful computation of the ages of the prophets, as set down in the Old Testament. In fact, he determined that the Lord began the Creation on the 23rd of October, 4004 B.C. at, uh, 9 a.m.”
Well, now that we have that settled, we can move on to more important issues, like the end of time. According to a group of loyal listeners of Family Radio, a Christian broadcasting network based in Oakland, Calif., Saturday marked the Day of Rapture and the start of Judgment Day (which, they say, will last five months).
A Facebook page titled “Post rapture looting” offers this invitation: “When everyone is gone and God’s not looking, we need to pick up some sweet stereo equipment and maybe some new furniture for the mansion we’re going to squat in.” By Wednesday afternoon, more than 175,000 people indicated they would be “attending” the “public event.”
The prediction is also being mocked in the comic strip “Doonesbury” and has inspired “Rapture parties” to celebrate what hosts expect will be the failure of the world to come to an end.
What I know is that if you are reading this column, it is likely May 21 or after. Therefore, you are still here and my bet is the rapture hasn’t come, or if it has, reading my column likely isn’t on your to-do list.
In the unlikely event that the Rapture has come and you are not here, I am sorry you have missed out on what would have been my last column.
So, here’s to hoping I write another column next week, and the week after that.
Contact Mississippi Business Journal editor Ross Reily at firstname.lastname@example.org or (601) 364-1018.