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“The Rapture Index Is Now in Record Territory” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

End-time activity is at an all-time high, as measured by the Rapture Index. Last week, the index reached 183, eclipsing a record set in September 2001. The new record wasn’t just something out of the blue. The total average for the Rapture Index has been steadily climbing for the past six years.

In case you’re not familiar with how the RI works, it is a type of “Dow Jones Industrial Average” for measuring prophetic activity. There are 45 categories in the index that are rated from 1 to 5. The categories are upgraded or downgraded based on how active they are in the news.

There is a weighted value added to most categories based on their history of importance. For example, because major volcanic eruptions are less frequent than earthquakes, their impact on the index lasts longer. The financial categories can change on a monthly basis based the ups and downs of the markets. If someone appeared on the world stage who matched the characteristics of the Antichrist, he could max out the AC category for several months.

I was looking at the Rapture Index this week, and I noticed we had set another record. This is the first time ever that we did not have a category 1. Even during the time of the old high, we still had two components with a single rating point. During the all-time low set in December 1993, we had 35 categories with a 1 rating.

Another oddity is the lack of 3- or 4-point leaps. This is when a category rated 1 or 2 suddenly jumps to a 5 rating, normally after some calamitous event takes place. It has been at least 5 fives since the last one occurred. One reason it doesn’t happen is because most categories rarely ever drop below a 3 or 4 rating.

The news media has always loved the Rapture Index. In just the past month, we’ve noticed at least five news stories that mention it. The press is drawn to the index because it provides them a very simple way of looking at prophecy. Since we are watching for an event that Jesus barred us from knowing the exact time of, you have to have a basic understanding of prophecy to know where we are on God’s prophetic calendar.

Each week, Terry and I get emails from people who claim to have figured out the date for the Rapture. One person has sent me 16 emails so far this year, pointing to several Rapture dates that have all failed to come to pass. If someone is going to be that prolific in date setting, he should follow biblical guidance and make every day a candidate for the Rapture.

I think the reason we are seeing such high levels of activity in the RI is because of our nearness to the Tribulation hour. Bible prophecy is all about future events, and as we get closer to that time, eschatology and world events will begin to match up.

Prophecy does little good if people don’t react to the warning signs. It amazes me how quickly people lose sight of what has transpired in recent months. There are already folks who are wondering when the next 9.0 earthquake is going to strike.

What is most lacking today is a sense of priority. Because I see the last days rapidly coming our way, I decided to make supporting the kingdom of God my primary focus. Everyone needs ask themselves if the Japanese quake made them any more end-time minded. If the lives of more than 27,000 people can be snuffed out in a disaster of biblical proportion and there is no change in your thinking, you may have a problem with apathy.

The max for the Rapture Index is 225 points. I don’t expect to ever see it go above 200 before the Lord Jesus calls His saints home. I think we are at a point that God would tip His hand to the watchful believer if He tried any harder to alert the one who slumber.

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) .

— Todd

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