Related commentaries – Rapture

The Rapture of The Church – I Thessalonians 4:13 – 4:18

Book Stated The Rapture Would Be in 1988

In a now-discredited book, the dates between September 11 and 13, 1988 were forecast to be the Rapture of the Church. Edgar Whisenant, a former NASA rocket engineer, wrote the book called 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will be in 1988. More than 6 million copies of the $2 book were sold across America. Whisenant claimed that during Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year that began at sundown Sunday, believers will be raptured taken up to heaven to meet Christ. Global disasters will follow. Whisenant reportedly spent 15 years researching the Scriptures and such matters as the stars and the position of the planets to make his calculations. Although Christians shouldn’t set dates for Christ’s return, the Rapture will occur in the future. (Encyclopedia of Illustrations - #10276).