Sunday, August 13, 2006

Media goes ga-ga for Rapture Index

Excerpts from my article at Raw Story, Internet 'Rapture Index' has been garnering major media attention during war in Lebanon:

A Website devoted to "calculating" how long the world has until "endtimes" arrive has garnered a lot of media coverage since the war in Lebanon began a few weeks ago, RAW STORY has found.

"Last week, the forums at Rapture Ready, the site devoted to the notion that the endtimes are near, bizarrely atwitter with excitement when Israel and Hezbollah started trading blows," Tom Zeller Jr. reports in Monday's edition of The New York Times. "This week, posts on what the foiled London terror threat means," the article continues.

Rapture Ready is a Website which features the Rapture Index, billed as sort of a "Dow Jones Industrial Average of end time activity," created by Todd Strandberg, "a night supervisor at the spare-parts store at Offutt Air Force base, Nebraska" according to a UK newspaper.


An archived cache of Strandberg's Rapture Index from 1997 shows that it once contained a disclaimer of sorts. "The Rapture Index by no means is meant to predict the rapture, however, the index is meant to measure the type of activity that could act as a precursor to the rapture," the site said.

More at Raw Story.


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