Essay: Apocalypse Now?

Wail, for the day of the Lord is near; as destruction from the Almighty it will come!

-- Isaiah 13: 6

To judge by what's selling in Christian bookstores these days, the war in the Persian Gulf is not about anything so mundane as liberating Kuwait or neutralizing the Butcher of Baghdad. Rather, the "mother of battles" (as Saddam Hussein likes to call it) is about the fulfillment of biblical prophecies regarding the imminence of Armageddon.

Consider the evidence. Zondervan, a leading U.S. publisher of Fundamentalist and Evangelical literature, has issued an updated version of John F. Walvoord's 1974 best seller,...

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