Confronting the Apocalyptic 'Boogeyman'
The understanding and perception of the Bible as a book detailing the fulfillment of prophecies only now getting ready to come true, means that specific sections of the Old and New Testament will come in handy as prooftexts that mankind needs to obey God for fear that the apocalypse could happen at any moment. Implicit in this notion is the ongoing worry that the very moment one backslides, that is the time when Jesus could come as a thief. Each generation of Christians keeps this belief alive; each generation looks upon the textual promise of a soon-coming Jesus as an event which might easily catch a believer with his or her work undone. And it is this multi-generational prospect of being caught unready that causes many people to hesitate to see the New Testament Second Coming for what it was intended to be: a public termination of a religious era which also began publicly.