Jewish World Review June 27, 2002 / 17 Tamuz 5762
Is the world coming to an end? September 11th certainly set off all too
horrifying alarms. But there seems to be a more and evangelical
justification for concern.
One of the hottest-selling books of the season, hot enough to engender
Time's cover, is End Times, written by Tim F. LaHaye and Jerry B.
Jenkins, based on the Book of Revelation. It's part of their series, Left
Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days., an account of the Apocalypse,
the destruction of the world as we know it.
A Time/CNN poll reports that 36% of Americans believe that the Bible is
the word of G-d and is to be taken literally and 59% believe the
prophecies in the Book of Revelation will come true
The Rapture Index, a website which tracks prophecies: disasters, natural
and otherwise that jostles the world's serenity so to lead to coming of
the Antichrist, has solid evidence that proves we are close to the end of
the world. Supposedly the index, which goes critical at 145, reach 182 on
Sept. 24. We're not talking about a losing your house keys bad day, we're
talking about no more days at all, good or bad.
My humble opinion - we don't need the bible, earthquakes, global warming
or idiots making bombs out of themselves to prove that we're all doomed.
You just have to check out US Magazine or E!. My Rapture Index runneth
1. Oops!...She's On The Cover Again. Britney Spears is named by Forbes
Magazine as the most powerful celebrity in the world, which leads one to
believe that Radio Disney has replaced Billboard as the foremost
authority and indicator of musical taste. (35 points)
So hurry up Rapture. Only 2 more months until the fall TV season.
2. Does he really need the money? Do we really need another Waterboy?
Adam Sandler is paid a gazillion dollars to portray a rags to riches
billionaire in, "Mr. Deeds," a complex tale of one man's wacky
confrontation with his own private hell, which certainly looks like
surefire Oscars for all involved. (28 points)
3. Mr. Top Goes To Washington? Backstreet Boy, Howie Dorough and Pretty
Woman, Julia Roberts provide expert testimony in front of congressional
committees. Any day, look for Carrot Top to testify about his nuclear
proliferation concerns.(32 points)
4. AARP Oughta Picket. Tom Hanks receives AFI's Lifetime Achievement
Award at the age of 47. How did the poor old guy make it up to the stage.
Next year, Freddie Prinze Jr.? (21 points)
5. They're For Real...Unfortunately. Reality TV. Fear Factor blows the
top off the index's puke lid. Spy TV teaches us that scaring the hell out
of friends can be a real kick (41 points)
6. There's Probably Another Good Story That Had To Be Told. There will be
a Charley' Angels II (55 points)
7. Ozzie And Harriet Turning Over? The Osbournes are America's first
8. The Still Single Guy. ABC's hit, The Bachelor, the show that spent 3
intimate months promising that this guy would decide which woman he would
marry, ended with absolutely no one getting married. (37 points).
9. Truly Unbelievable. My agent called me. (97 points)
10. Then Again. I'm kidding about my agent calling. (-97 points)
JWR contributor Steve Young, Prism Award winner and Humanitas Prize nominee for his
television writing, is contributing editor at the Writers Guild of
America's "Written By" magazine. He is the author of the forthcoming "Great Failures Of
The Extremely Successful," Tallfellow Press, 2002
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