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Founding Fathers: John Nelson Darby
Darby, a 19th Century Irish/English preacher, was the architect of "Premillennial Dispensationalism", what we know today as the "Rapture" and "Armageddon", which he devised from a number of books of the Bible (including Revelations). These ideas, including a chart he created, have been adopted and mythologized as Biblical fact by current American Christian Extremists, and profited from by writer and political operative TIm LaHaye in his "Left Behind" series. This type of Prophetic Apocalipticism thrives in the mass media today (think of the "Omen" films) by many in Christian television including Paul Crouch's TBS and film productions and Jack & Rexella Van Impe.
Darby's Rapture Chart, illiustration by Charles Larkin
In fact, the Rapture, et al, as described by current Christian Evangelicals does not actually exist in the Bible, nor do they credit Darby with the timetable, etc. (since to acknowledge his "interpretation" would be to admit that it IS an interpretation, NOT fact and "the TRUTH"). His work was VERY important to the rise of the English and then American Armageddonist movement.
American concepts starting with Manifect Destiny, then The Great Awakening, Premillennialists and Postmillennialists (or "catastrophic millenialism " and "progressive millennialism") helped forward the notion of America as the New Jeruselum, thus explainig why the Second Coming would occour in America.
"I think Darby's views have come to dominate prophetic belief, certainly in America in our era, because first of all it's such a powerful and appealing system in terms of the drama of the events that are described. In Darby's system, human history takes on meaning, and it has an end point. Events are leading toward a final culmination. And also, his system is very appealing because it avoids date setting. It avoids that risk of pinning the system down to a precise date, and therefore it's not falsifiable. There's literally no way to prove Darby's system false, because it involves events that lie in the future. Combine that with the tremendously powerful engine of American mass culture, with paperbacks that can be sold by millions of copies, televisions, videos, movies. There's just a tremendous coming together, it seems to me, of theological and cultural forces propelling this belief system." (L. Michael White, Frontline, PBS)
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