The Rapture and Joseph Smith

The recent prediction of the “rapture” by an obscure elderly radio preacher (for yesterday!)[1] opens up some fun considerations. Like most premillennialist Christians in the antebellum period, Joseph Smith wanted to know when the second coming of Christ would take place. Enthusiastics of all sorts made predictions, one of the most prominent being William Miller. Smith made his own based on an 1832 experience. Joseph’s earnest prayer about the eschaton or final events was answered by an audible voice which declared that if the Prophet lived to age 85, he would see Jesus.
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