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The Rapture

In a word: parousia

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be acquainted, another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: PAROUSIA Harold Camping has been rather low-key lately, but you perhaps recall his predictions last year of the end of the world. Such predictions are examples of millennialism or millenarianism, the expectation, based on the Book of Revelation, of a thousand-year period of blessedness associated with the Second Coming of Christ. The blessedness, unhappily, is also associated with the Apocalypse, the destruction of the world. (The Rapture, in which it is thought that the...

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