Predicting when the world will end is something that humans have been doing at least since the Common Era (or AD). And these predictions had major consequences.
As far as we know, within the first millennium, it seemed that people mainly of Judaic or Christian backgrounds had these apocalyptic predictions. There were also mathematicians, astrologers, astronomers, and others who made end-time predictions.
Some of these predictions have caused riots, people fleeing their homes, people taking suicide pacts, and a mass pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
A few of these predictions were based off of current events, such as the Black Death in Europe during the 14th century and the bubonic plague which killed 100,000 Londoners in 1666. New England's Dark Day on May 19, 1790 was felt to be the end of the world because it was dark during the day. But that was caused by smog and cloud cover.
But the Rapture doctrine is not necessarily about death and destruction. It is unique because of its sudden nature, where millions of people vanish off the face of the Earth--but they don't die. They're taken up to Heaven.
This Christian doctrine sprung up in the mid-19th century and has become more widely believed by Americans. This event has been sung about, preached about, and has been portrayed in TV series, movies and books.
So let's see if you'll be caught up in this quiz about the Rapture or if you'll be left behind. Good luck!