So-called prophets predict mass end-of-the-world judgment on America in the next couple days before "Shemitah," - earthquakes, floods, tsunamis as God's wrath for Supreme Court decision, Apocalypse comes before Obama leaves office, etc... Some with paranoid tendencies toward conspiracy theories are in a state of high anxiety. Doomsday false prophets hijack current events & give them a biblical spin to give validity to their teachings. In this interconnected Internet age, its always easy to hear about something bad, like the stock market crash, a shooting, a disease somewhere, which they point to as proof. They're convinced it's true because "the Stock Market Crash happened near Shemitah, and because Pope Francis is meeting with Obama." Richard Rossi used to be enmeshed in this strange subculture as a young man, and has gotten away from the craziness. In this episode, he shares his findings on what the Book of Revelation really teaches, findings that have come out of 25 years of studying & contemplating an alternate view different from those preaching gloom and doom.
"The fundamentalist culture is gripped by a spirit of fear," Richard said. "Most folks in this movement are very fearful. Fearful of being left behind, apocalypse, the devil, etc... Fear sells. Fear is primal and gets attention. Psychologically, it's damaging long-term to be immersed in fear, but effective to get attention & motivate. There are always calamities that can be used to reinforce fear. Preachers have used it be it the atrocities of Civil War in 1800's, Hitler's rise in WW2 (most Pentecostals said he was antichrist at the time), the Cuban Missile crisis in the early 1960's was the guaranteed end of the world to Pentecostals then, Y2K, etc....I've found as people get away from fear-based church stuff, they get healthier spiritually, mentally, psychologically."