Whether you believe in prophecy or not, there are a large number of people who do believe, and their actions are tailored to fit into the vision. James Watt, Secretary of the Interior, signed huge logging leases in our national forests because he was convinced that there would be no future after the Rapture, so preserving the forests was not a priority. It is difficult for public servants to plan long-range if they think they are in the end times. But let’s look at the offer on the table: an end to war, a thousand years of peace without the rantings of the righteous, all of whom will have ascended to a better place, leaving us to enjoy life without their sermonizing.
The removal of the righteous would thin the population problems as well, not to mention all the material goods left behind by the departed. The riches of the major churches alone could be distributed to the poor unbelievers left behind, finally fulfilling their proclaimed purpose by their absence.
Considering the history of crusades launched in the name of Jesus over the centuries, the prospect of the anti-Christ destroying the forces of conquest that have been the trademark of the faithful is remarkably appealing. Without sectarian conflict we might even get rid of nationalism and try to rule the whole planet for the benefit of the folks who live here. With a millennium to work it out, mankind might just evolve into the loving caretakers of earth’s dominion that we were originally designed to become. We came a long way in the last thousand years. Who knows how far we might progress, freed from superstition and sectarian bigotry.
Of course, the thousand years of peace could be performed without mankind at all. A recent Discovery Channel program speculated on life after man, as nature reclaimed the land, but that prospect is remote. If anything survives whatever occurs, it will be some small band of humans. Like the cockroaches with whom we would share the new world, we are tough to get rid of, even for a benevolent God. It is high time for a change, if the Earth is to be saved from the forces of salvation as presently practiced in the name of the Savior.
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. "The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.