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“End - Time Weariness: Haven't We Waited Long Enough?”
by JAN MARKELL/OLIVE TREE MINISTRIES   
July 15th, 2018

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The malady goes by many names: End-time weariness; Rapture fatigue; Israel burn-out. The results are the same: The scoffers and skeptics are gaining too much territory and too many followers. 

The fact that the King is coming is boring and just old news. What Hal Lindsey wrote in 1969 in his classic "The Late-Great Planet Earth", in the eyes of many, did not come to pass. Thus, there is a collective so-what sigh.

 Haven't we waited long enough??

 It is the tragedy of my lifetime - and I never thought I would see the day.

Late-Great Burn-Out?

 Recently I read a revealing article in The Guardian recommended by Bill Koenig. It talks about the destruction of the new Christian progressiveness. This article suggests:

- "The Late-Great Planet Earth" and the "Left Behind" series prophesied a lot of things that have not yet come to pass. Haven't we waited long enough? Isn't it time to move on from their message?

- Those who hung onto the words of the popular 1970s Larry Norman song, "I Wish We'd All Been Ready" have also waited long enough. Life has always been filled with guns and war and everyone gets trampled on the floor as the song goes, but so what? Almost 45 years have passed and the world is still groaning. It's time to move on.

 "We've been through all of this before" has replaced apocalyptic fervor! There is nothing new under the sun. Your words of warning are now falling on deaf ears.

  Maybe you evangelicals have sided with the wrong players. Don't you know that hundreds of innocent Palestinians are being killed daily by apartheid Israelis?

 End-time weariness. Rapture fatigue. Late-Great burn-out. The Chosen People have lost their chosenness. The article in The Guardian suggests all this and more!

The Spoilers: Date-Setters

Add to this mix that some date-setters have been wrong. Edgar Weisenhunt and Harold Camping not only set dates, but re-set dates when nothing happened the first time! Hal Lindsey never said 1988 was the date of the Rapture but that was the accusation. He suggested 40 years after 1948 was an intriguing date. That's all.

The Bashers

Then came the bashers who are respected in some circles. Hank Hanegraaff said there was no Rapture to be found in the Bible. Who knew? Well, he's no Bible Answer Man to me.

Lynne Hybels and World Vision teamed up to condemn Israel as almost barbaric persecutors of the Palestinians in their one-sided "Hope for the Holy Land" tours across America.

 What's in the water Frankie Schaeffer is drinking? When he, like Hanegraaf, joined the Eastern Orthodox Church, he went sideways. He now goes into tirades on MSNBC against what his parents - Francis and Edith Schaeffer - might have believed about the end-times.

 He slams his "good friend" Jerry Jenkins for coming up with the "Left Behind" books that belong in the Twilight Zone category according to Schaeffer. What's in them can only be believed by white evangelicals who support Donald Trump, says Frankie.

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