Friday music and Left Behind combo post

Schedule changed at the make-ends-meet night-job this week — instead of Fri., Sat., Sun. it’s now Wed., Thurs., Fri. This is actually good news, as it means the position, which was originally a short-term “seasonal” gig, will continue and I’ll get to keep m-e-m.

But it also means rejiggering my schedule for writing Friday posts here, which should work out fine … starting next week.

So, in lieu of either a Left Behind post or a Friday music game post, here’s a musical take on premillennial dispensationalist Bible prophecy. This is Southern Gospel group The Hoppers performing Larry Norman’s song “I Wish We’d All Been Ready” (the song that gave the Left Behind series its name):

The Hoppers recorded this in 2012. Connie Hopper noted: “I first heard ‘I Wish We’d All Been Ready’ in the early seventies and haven’t heard it performed since … but the message stayed with me through the years.”

So Larry Norman writes a song in 1972 warning that we are in the Last Days and that “there’s no time to change your mind.” And then 40 years later that message inspires a cover version.

Shouldn’t the fact that it’s now more than 40 years later cause us to question that message a bit?  It reminds me of the book-store customer in about 1994 who wanted to special-order a copy of Hal Lindsey’s The 1980s: Countdown to Armageddon. She was terribly disappointed when I told her it was out of print.

Edgar C. Whisenant’s 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988 is out of print too, but I suppose if you talk to fans of that book, they’ll continue to praise it and to tell you that its “message stayed with me through the years.”

I guess the logic is that Norman, Lindsey, et. al. weren’t wrong when they said the world was about to end back in the 1970s. They were merely premature. And so now we must be even closer to The End and now there’s even less time to change your mind and now all those people who were wrong decades ago are more right than ever.

Following that logic, I think instead of covering groovy Larry Norman songs, “Bible prophecy” fans should consider adapting They Might Be Giants’ “Older“:

It’s later than it’s ever been

And now it’s even later
And now it’s even later
And now it’s even later

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  • Panda Rosa

    I’m old enough to remember the kerfluffle over Comet Kohoutek and how that was the Comet Of The Century as well as a Sign of the End Of Things. Hard to find any of the books on said comet even in the Free bin at flea markets.

  • Panda Rosa

    Any way to combine the two?

  • Yeah, Left Behind emergency advice would be interesting: “be sure to work for the AntiChrist so you can drop his name and beat traffic jams when disasters occur.”

  • This sounds like a viable reinterpretation of Samhain. Certainly more germane to the lives of most folks I know in today’s U.S. southeast than anything to do with culling cattle to get through the (fairly mild, actually) winter.

  • Amaryllis

    I vaguely recall– and I can’t be arsed to look it up either– that in Hebrew the word for “womb” and the word for “compassion” are closely related.

  • Amaryllis

    Or you could just combine the two ideas

  • “His bowels burn for his brother.”
    Poor guy. They didn’t even have Pepto-Bismol back then.

  • That reminds me of one of Christian Piatt’s Church Sign Fails posts. The sign said, “The way to get to the top is on your knees.”

  • banancat

    When I was a pre-teen I actually thought of this as sort of a logic problem. I predicted the day would come when nobody on Earth had explicitly predicted it, like it would be a trigger or a readied action. But then that gets kinda circular kinda fast.

  • Songs about the end of the world are a favorite of mine since I am a doom metal fan, although I don’t really any that make reference to the Rapture. These are probably the three best that I know of:
    “Doom over the World” by Reverend Bizarre
    “Electric Funeral” by Black Sabbath
    “Into the Void” also Black Sabbath
    I’ll always have a soft spot for “Electric Funeral” since that is the song that persuaded me to take up guitar playing myself.

  • I read that as “God’s great bowels of mercies…”

  • skybison

    I’ve never believed in the rapture but I do find Larry Norman’s song to be very good. I’ve always thought it would great as a theme song for a tragic villain, someone who does terrible things but belives deep down that it’s all for the greater good.

  • Lorehead

    The monetary base has in fact increased, but the consequences were not what the white populist crackpots thought. In particular, they tend to simultaneously worry about high inflation and be against borrowing money at fixed, low nominal rates, which is irrational.

  • Theo Axner

    Chris Doggett: If we’re kicking around “the world is ending” music, there’s a lot more
    on the theme of “nuclear war will destroy us all” than “Jesus is coming!
    (everyone look busy!)”
    Exhibit B

    Or we could combine them both, like the Louvin Brothers did all the way back in 1952 with The Great Atomic Power. This is probably my favorite apocalyptic song for sheer weirdness. :D

  • Abel Undercity

    I refuse to live in a Universe that can be destroyed by Robert Plant.

  • Sue White

    I’m still a little disappointed he didn’t get my old job. I think he would have enjoyed meeting the local nuts. :-D It wasn’t a bad gig, really. But after 4+ years of what was meant to be a temporary job, I was just tired of it.

    Keep making those ends meet!

  • LoneWolf343

    Speaking of Left behind, has everyone seen the latest poster for the upcoming movie? Isn’t that that laziest, ugliest movie poster you have ever seen?

  • christopher_y

    17th century, if it’s the KJV. I don’t know if it was a common expression either, but a few decades later Oliver Cromwell famously wrote to the Synod of the Church of Scotland, “I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you may be mistaken” (good advice for all of us, most of the time, by the way). So the expression was certainly around.

  • Amaryllis

    That was apparently something of a minor trend, back in those days. As well as this song and the one I linked to earlier, consider the lyrics — unfortunately(?), no one seems to have loaded it to Youtube– of Jesus is God’s Atomic Bomb: (1950)

    Oh, it can kill your natural body
    But the Lord can kill your soul
    That’s why I know Jesus
    Oh, Jesus is God’s–I declare–atomic bomb
    Oh, yes

    Jesus is God’s atomic bomb
    Proudest papa that ever was
    Jesus is God’s, His atomic bomb…

    (as cited in the Atomic Platters collection of Atom-Age songs and other pop culture)

  • m11_9

    Where’s the series number? Is this a re-do of LB1 from so many years ago?

    Ashley Tisdale from High School Musical and other Disney works? Nicholas Cage?

    I could write questions about this all day…

  • Alden Utter

    So the Church of Sub-Genius was in charge for scheduling “Community”?

  • Dash1

    Try though I might, I cannot resist the opportunity for a linguistic geek-out.

    Strictly speaking, 16th century. The KJV was completed and issued in the 17th century (1611), but the translators would have learned their English in the 16th century. And to add to that, they were being consciously archaic. And borrowing heavily from Tyndale’s Bible, which was early 16th.

    And, short answer, there are examples of “bowels” for “emotions” going back at least a couple of centuries before the KJV. So it was apparently a thing.

    Here endeth the geek-out.

  • LoneWolf343

    It’s a reboot. Where have you been?

  • I misread Tanya’s as saying that she hoped that she wondered how close the movie would stick to the important plot lines, all of which took place via mobile, which would show shocking reading skills

  • Lori

    I could have photoshopped up a better poster than that, and I’m crap at photoshop.

    ETA: Whose stupid idea was it to aim the jet right at the high rise building, and was it deliberate or just unbelievably dense?

  • LoneWolf343

    A simple color filter would have radically improved the picture. At least the subjects would look like they were actually part of the setting. Oh, and apparently that girl is a midget.

  • Lee B.

    Just what is it makes today’s apocalypses so different, so appealing?

  • MaryKaye

    This is the logic puzzle or paradox variously called the Unexpected Hanging or Unexpected Quiz. As an academic, I usually think of the quiz version. I tell my students there will be a pop quiz this week but they won’t know when. A student reasons: if Friday arrives without a quiz, we’ll know it’s on Friday and it won’t be a surprise. So it can’t be on Friday. But then, if Thursday arrives, since we know it can’t be Friday …. and rules out all five days, at which point I give the quiz on Wednesday and they are surprised.

    I have never been able to get my head around this one: in particular the Friday logic does seem to be correct, but I don’t think it generalizes to any other day; and yet, if you believe the Friday reasoning then I can even give the quiz on Friday and you will be (in a somewhat different way) surprised. Perhaps “surprised” is inadequately defined.

  • fredispathetic

    Guess you didn’t have any living scapegoats to slay today, or you just got tire of nailing Orson Scott Card to the cross. Yeah, let’s make sure everybody understands clearly that Larry Norman was an evil homophobic Nazi whose music must be banned to guarantee the purity of our thoughts. In fact, we’d better check his tomb to make sure he’s really dead, then exhume him so we can kill him again. You should get a TV series, Fred: “Show Trials of the Dead.”

  • Pointing out that a song said we were living in the last days forty years ago and that we’re obviously still here today = calling someone an evil homophobic Nazi whose music must be banned. Interesting.

  • Bob

    The colours are all wrong on the girl and the plane. They’re clearly not a part of the setting. But I like the fact that Chloe is the focus of this poster- is this a sign that she’ll have more agency in the film and there’ll be more focus on her bravery journeying home alone at the start of an apocalypse? Or did they just think ‘needs more sex apeal, lets put a girl on the poster and make sure she shows some leg’?

  • arghous

    Awesome. It would have all sorts of useful tips:

    Make $$$ running a Kinko’s franchise.

    Find sweet pennies-on-the-dollar NY apartments, tricked-out SUVs, etc., — and when to sell.

    Secret cookie codes, and disinformation through flowers.

    Audiophonics that catch only the incriminating voices.

    Which water tanks are best for concealing bunker construction.

    Nikes are not just shoes — what you need to know.

    Do you have your Chicago escape routes memorized? Which roads will be packed and which empty.

    How to Gain Friends and Sell Them Out.

    Righteous condescension techniques.

    How to be figurative, allegorical, or metaphorical — literally!

  • Fanraeth

    I misread it as bowels at first.

  • Fanraeth

    *yawn* Not even slightly amusing. Nice try, troll.

  • Panda Rosa

    Great Big Bowls Of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts…

  • Panda Rosa

    You do realize someone is going to want to make that.
    Anyone familiar with the Cadaver Synod?

  • Panda Rosa

    AAAA-MEN! Now that is catchy!

  • m11_9

    somewhat rhetorical, but this is just so weird I worded it that way. Who is the audience? This series is so old that spending even more to make a better Hollywood level version is just a waste.

    The original LB audience that ate this stuff up 10 years ago have moved on to whatever the latest craze is. This is a financial disaster, IMO.

    I see that they had to wait and wrestle the rights back due to a poor production the first time.

    I hope the producers are being paid by L-J to do this, rather than paying L-J for the rights. The rights are worth less than zero.

  • reynard61

    “Goodness, gracious; great bowels of fire!!!”

  • Headless Unicorn Guy

    So Larry Norman writes a song in 1972 warning that we are in the Last Days and that “there’s no time to change your mind.” And then 40 years later that message inspires a cover version.

    At least the cover version made an attempt to sing it as Larry had — a Tragic Lament, not a Cry of Triumph.

  • Headless Unicorn Guy

    I remember the Comet Kohutek Rapture Scare. (Rio Hondo Jr College, Whittier, 1974.) You mean it was more than just a local rumor?
    The version I heard was that the comet would reflect the sunlight so “the sun and moon’s light would increase sevenfold” as Was Prophesied in Isaiah.

  • Headless Unicorn Guy

    Don’t forget the product placement ad for Land Rover.

  • Pacal

    Didn’t Jesus say something about the end coming has a total surprise and that no one will know when it comes except God. If that is the case then all these people thinking they know the end is coming means it isn’t coming.