In the 20th century the notion of ‘the rapture’ was advanced from the pulpits of certain Protestant and Pentecostal denominations by the use of the Scofield Reference Bible that promoted Darby’s eschatology.
It was further popularised by best-selling works of fiction such as Hal Lindsay’s The Late Great Planet Earth and the Left Behind series, as well as films like A Thief in the Night.
Camping’s Family Radio group apparently found adherents for its message in South Africa. This is because apocalyptic discourses have become something of a cultural idiom in our globalised world. Whereas religious doomsayers see ‘signs of the end times’ as confirmation of God’s foreordained plan, secular apocalypticists see phenomena such as global warming as causes of the end. In this respect they are correct.
The world is more likely to end as a result of humankind’s mismanagement of the environment than divine intervention. Upon this prediction I’m prepared to wager a bet.