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Animated Rapture

So we will be abducted by aliens?

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Steve D

posted January 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Hmmm no Jesus. Where’s the trumpet that is supposed to sound? Animation has no context whatsoever. Had no idea why those people were disappearing. Talk about terrible theology and a pointless animation.

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    Matt Emery

    posted January 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I think the hurricane horn at the beginning was the trumpet.

    Would be cool if God used the foghorn thing that Hans Zimmer used for the Inception soundtrack. And slowed down time.

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      Steve D

      posted January 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      I thought they were part of the soundtrack. To wake up potential viewers so they wouldn’t be asleep as the animation started.

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Matt Emery

posted January 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm

The question: SHOULD I be prepared for this? COULD I?

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posted January 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm

So the second coming of Jesus will be announced by Vuvezelas? My worst nightmare come true!

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Sage the Fool

posted January 16, 2011 at 7:06 pm

There were a lot of Christians in that city. Must be in the south.

Oh and the guy screaming “WAIT!!”? Turns out he just missed his bus.

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posted January 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I used to lie get up at night and check and make sure my parents and sister were still there.

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posted January 16, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Radically prepared? Seriously – what the hell does that even mean?

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    Charlie's Church of Christ

    posted January 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    especially because they say we’re going to be taken away to a place where you don’t need anything…

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    Matthew Lyon

    posted January 17, 2011 at 10:38 am

    yeah, the asks us to make sure we are “prepared” and then laces it with paranoia by asking us (who think we are) if we are “radically prepared!” -which, by the way isn’t possible as it’s just the sort of exceptional lifestyle one might find in the law of moses. finally! we can get ride of all that clumsy faith and grace and love and embrace flagellation! no one was prepared for the second coming like those ascetic monks of the 11th century.

    fear of the Lord does not equate to scared (or scarred) shitless. okay, in the OT exodus narrative, maybe. but then the mountain was melting…

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Kurt Willems

posted January 16, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Looks like someone had some time on their hands and some talent… unfortunately they used this time to create a picture of terrible theology instead of studying scripture in its historical and literary context. Rapture is the opposite of what Scripture teaches!!!! The Bible is a book that moves from creation to new creation. The climatic event (besides the resurrection of Jesus) is when God brings heaven to earth. They will intersect for eternity! Bummer that this kind of “folk-theology” is still manipulating people and creating an escapism that is the opposite of Christian mission :-( Here are some of my thoughts on the topic of rapture and tribulation:

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posted January 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Who knew that the Dementors had anything to do with the rapture?

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    Steve D

    posted January 17, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Dementors are black in color. These were the Anti-Dementors since they were white. I also like the slow-mo on one or two so that you can see what is happening. Kinda gives that spfx feel to the whole animation.

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      Matthew Lyon

      posted January 17, 2011 at 10:17 am

      so they’re like de-dementors or undementors, or disdementors.

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joel k

posted January 17, 2011 at 9:40 am

That video was awesome! Kinda makes me want to become a fundie, so I can get sucked up to heaven by one of the anti-dementors.

Seriously, who is the video even intended for? I doubt that anyone who doesn’t already embrace the screwy theology behind the video would find it at all compelling.

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Matthew Lyon

posted January 17, 2011 at 10:58 am


posted January 18, 2011 at 5:38 am

Many of us grew up in the 70’s with “rapture” scare tactics that make this look tame. Thirty years later I still struggle with it, as much as I try to tell myself that 99% of it was un-Biblical.

For more comments and some great vintage rapture pics, check out

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Jeremy Statton

posted January 18, 2011 at 7:25 am

I was disappointed. I imagined that people would just vanish and that many of those would be driving cars and there would be millions of car accidents all happen at the same time. I thought I would see a video of the single largest car accident ever.

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    posted January 18, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Much like with the Left Behind books, it just doesn’t live up to the explosive hype.

    Also, much like the LB books, there’s little logic. Having so many people disappear at once would be catastrophic for the world’s infrastructure, but it seems like people were just pleading to take them too.

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posted January 18, 2011 at 7:26 am

What’s the difference between prepared and radically prepared? Do I have to brush up on math radicals or chemistry radicals?

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    posted January 18, 2011 at 8:11 am

    now if it were ’80s skateboard lingo… No. No, I would not be prepared for that kind of radical either.

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posted January 18, 2011 at 9:25 am

Wherein do these abducted people meet Jesus? Halfway in the sky is the literal translation, right? So, if the filmmakers took the passage saying that Christians are going to be ‘taken away’ literally, they’d also have to accomodate that Jesus would meet all the Christians somewhere in the air. But where? Is everyone gonna fly over Budapest or O’Hair or LAX or Jerusalem?

They’re supposed to see Jesus, right? Everybody can see him… So… Giant TVs? Or is the earth flat? Because that would be my option. The earth is flat so all the raptured folks can go *up* to see Jesus when he’s coming down on clouds from his giant space ship – aka, heaven.

and the rest of my reply…:

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