Not even most church clergy agreed with radio preacher Harold Camping’s assumption of the rapture. Besides scripture he could have also looked at three dates in modern times, with biblical links, that would have given a happier picture:
• Feb. 7, 2010. Near the town of Miami a group of men called the Saints conquered their world that day. Significantly, the group they defeated was called “The Colts,” a blatant reference to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Surely this was a sign of righteousness over evilness; joy over gloom. Lest there be any doubts, clarion trumpets throughout the land proclaimed that the saints had marched in.
• Jan. 16, 2010. To get to Miami those saints had to first be tested by a group of Cardinals. Though the symbol that the challengers wore into the Superdome was that of a red bird; a Cardinal is also an elector of the pope. In the end, as the head of the group, Cardinal Kurt Warner, staggered from the field it was evident that these saints were the chosen ones.
• Jan. 24, 2010. Reaching their last battle before Miami, the aforementioned Saints had to face an attack by Vikings, the epitome of paganism. The sides fought fiercely but in overtime goodness prevailed when a kicked ball ascended toward heaven than through a goal post’s uprights.
Those events would launch a new era of hope, especially in the Saints’ native land, sending a message that even the once downtrodden and nearly dead can get better, grow strong and conquer. There would be problems ahead; oil spills and high water, and though some non-believes would associate the saints’ home with Gomorrah, the natives knew it as paradise. Their land was a place for its worshipers to cherish forever, for they too wanted to be in that number.
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