Jan 2, 2012
New Year Donation Drive
The year 2011 is now in the history books. I am truly grateful to everyone who has contributed to the site in some way. I’m very certain that with your help, we can achieve even more for the cause of Christ in 2012.
There are two groups of people to whom I would like to give special praise. Our news team has done an outstanding job of gathering news items that relate to prophecy. Whenever I travel to public events, people are always telling me how they appreciate that feature of the site. The moderators of the Rapture Ready message board also deserve my public gratitude. They have managed to produce the most tranquil time period since the inception of the board.
This past year was our busiest time ever for web traffic. In 2011, we averaged 800,000 visitors per month. In 2010, we averaged 600,000 visitors per month. The peak month was May, with 1.1 million visitors. The most impressive numbers were found in the unique traffic. Each month we had 310,000 unique individuals come to the site. This number is 50 percent higher than the previous year.
Last year was also our most productive year in adding new content. Because search engines are the main vehicle for people finding RR, it's important to keep adding new articles to expand our search visibility. In the past twelve months, we've had more writers contributing to the site than during any time in the past. We now have over 32,000 articles and images listed on our domain.
Even though Rapture Ready is the largest prophecy site on the Net, we still have a nearly endless amount of space for more content. Right now, the site is about 1 gigabyte in size. The total space available is 20,000 gigabytes. The only limitation is our ability to format and upload new articles to the site.
I was recently looking through some old documents and discovered a list made about a decade ago that ranked all the top prophetic ministries by their popularity. At the time, seven other prophecy sites outranked RR. They have all since fallen behind us. What interested me is figuring out why we posted them. After looking over each of these sites, the most common problem I notice is a lack of a long-term plan. The typical prophetic website would enjoy short-term success, but the passage of time sapped their energy, and they would eventually burn out.
Over the years, several groups of people have decided that they can do a better
job of running a prophecy site, so they have split off to start a new venture.
So far, none of them has had any real success. The problem is that everyone
wants to be leader, but few people want the servitude that comes with it. Jesus
said, "the greatest among you
will be your servant." (Mat. 23:11).
One of the worst explains of this condition would have to be a woman who was once our top apologetics advocate on the board. When she left, her post count was over 47,000. I tried to argue with a friend who was leaving with her that they could reach more people by staying here at RR. Within two years, this woman had banned or alienated about 20 of her followers. At last report, she was making regular updates to a site that had zero readers.
I've never been motivated by numbers. During the first seven years of operation, everything I posted on RR was for my own reference. It wasn't until the late nineties that RR started drawing a meaningful audience. What has kept me consistently focused on prophecy is the understanding that we are all moving relentlessly closer to the end-time hour. The importance of maintaining the site grows with each passing day.
This year promises to be very interesting for Bible prophecy. We have a major election here in the U.S., Europe is facing a financial meltdown, and at any moment, we may see Israel go after Iran's nuclear program. We also have the big Mayan doomsday prediction to look forward to. Because it has nothing to do with the Bible, I’m sure the press will turn it into a huge media circus. Since the Mayan event comes at the end of next year, I’m not holding my breath that we will make it to December 21.
There are three ways you can contribute to Rapture Ready: You can send a financial gift via our P.O. box address, you can make a one-time donation, or there is a frequency option that allows you to make monthly donations. If you're interested in signing up, find the input links on the
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2012--The Dreaded Year Has Arrived
Fear of the year 2012 has been simmering for a couple of years at least. World issues and events have caused those fears to boil and bubble to the top of the cauldron, but then the ominous broth would settle to simmer again for awhile, until the next eruption of conjecture about what 2012 means. I wrote more than a year ago about this impending number that has now burst to the top of our calenders.
I wrote the following in an article I gave the title “2012: The End?”:
Ominous sounds of the approaching year 2012 rumble in the ears of this generation. The thunder comes from constant media mantra-meanderings about the end of days as foretold by the Mayan calendar hundreds of years ago. Is this generation looking the end of the world squarely in the face on December 21, 2012?
Suddenly it is as if those of the news and entertainment world have forgotten that prophecy is, at best, fodder for fun-poking, and now have a date that they believe is genuinely filled with foreboding. They often snicker at Bible prophecy and those who bring it into public discourse; they aren’t snickering at the foretellings left us by the long-since extinct Mayans. Something of catastrophic nature, they are fearfully conjecturing, might be about to change life forever on Planet Earth.
But, with news and entertainment producer types, you never know. Could it be they are seeing in the 2012 “prophecies” a chance for numerous remunerative documentaries and films that appeal to the always-lucrative fright flicks, thus the genuine tone of reverential fear for the Mayan holy men and their prognostications?
Since the time of publication of that article, most all have become aware of the tremendous amount of ink, cyberspace, and documentary film that has been devoted to the Mayans and all that is wrapped up in the fears that they were indeed onto something with regard to the end of the world as we know it. December 21, 2012, will--the direst of predictions continue to project—bring some calamitous things upon this old planet.
In reviewing Dr. Mark Hitchcock’s book, 2012: The Bible and the End of the World, I wrote the following, which lightly encapsulates the 2012 Mayan matter.
One senses the fear building. "The end is near!" A mental image of the little bearded man in a long robe holding a placard affixed to a wooden stake with those words in broad red letters comes to mind. Only it isn't a cartoon we are facing, but the end of the world as we've known it. Planet earth is about to—because of powerful astral alignment dynamics—most likely suffer instant pole reversals, thus horrific tectonic plate shifts. This will cause the catastrophic end for most, perhaps all, human life. This is the fear of proponents of ancient Mayan Calendar predictions.
The year 2012 is but some twenty-seven months away, and the hype is on. December 21 at 11:11 pm Universal Time of that year will...well, we don't really know. But, it will—according to pundits from scientists, astrologers, and religionists to new agers, fiction writers, and documentarians—be very bad indeed for inhabitants of the earth.
The drumbeat for the astonishing prophetic capabilities of those ancient shamans hasn’t let up since that time twenty-seven months ago. The hyperbolists laud the Mayan holy men as if they were not the savages they were, but as if they were from the gods that were, of course, the ancient astronauts, as those who hold to such sophist-history put forth for our consumption.
I presented in my article what one website praising the Mayans had to say:
The Mayan civilization was extremely advanced in mathematics, engineering and astronomy. They also had an incredible understanding of time and space. Various calendars were in use to track time in linear progressions within cycles. The "Great Cycle" of the "Long Count" calendar equates to 5,125.36 years. The current Great Cycle is due to be completed on the winter solstice of 2012, December 21. So, it has been interpreted that on this day, the Great Cycle ends, time ends, so the Earth must end as well. (2012endofdays.org).
As I wrote in that article all of those months previous, the Mayans completely disappeared as a civilization hundreds of years ago. What, really, did they know? They apparently didn’t forsee the end of their own people well before the December 21, 2012, date with destiny their shamans claimed would be calamitous to themselves as well as to the rest of the world.
The Mayan predictions aside, there are harbingers of apocalyptic things on the horizon of human history.
Something wicked this way comes," to quote from Shakespeare's Macbeth. Todd and I are looking to install a regular feature for this portentious year of 2012, counting down to the doomsday prediction by the Mayans. But, remember, we are Rapture Ready, so it will be a feature unlike any other in analyzing that dreaded, approaching date, December 21, 2012. Stay tuned…