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Sucker's Bet

I'm very keen to read ever-negative email sent to Rapture Ready. Reading all the letters that disagree with the site helps me better understand why people have trouble with the end-time message. I use this information to help me refine the advice we offer to the public.

At the heart of many emails is content I identify as the "Sucker's Bet." The people who send us these messages view us "Doomsday Christians" as wasting our lives by endlessly waiting for a Lord who is never coming. They base their opinion on the idea that Jesus hasn't come in 2000 years, so this complete lack of activity should prove that He is not coming at all.

Some of these people bet they will have the satisfaction of watching me squander my life on a meaningless quest. But I'm not sure where they see the payoff. If I outlive them, there is no payoff. If they outlive me, some other Christian will carry on the bet. The only wager I see is their hope that Jesus doesn't come back and bring their carefree existence to a premature end.

What is a "Sucker's Bet"? It's a gamble that someone makes based on a false view of the odds. Someone believes he has a higher likelihood of winning than he actually does. In most cases, the sucker does not realize he is being put at a disadvantage. It's not until these people come up shorthanded that they realize they run afoul of the rules of logical thinking.

Games of Chance

The genesis of deception begins with the failure to understand that the world is filled with people who are constantly scheming ways to deceive us. A wise person uses critical thinking to assess all questionable situations. I can think of three popular games of chance that perfectly illustrate that things are not always what they appear to be.

Milk Bottle Toss -- If you have ever been to a carnival, you may have seen the "milk bottle toss." The game may have other names, but it usually involves trying to use three or four beanbags to knock down six small metal bottles that are stacked in a pyramid. What makes this a sucker's bet is the fact that the three bottles on the bottom of the pyramid are much heavier than the ones on top. While the three lighter-weight bottles on the top row can be easily knocked over, toppling those on the bottom requires a direct hit.

"Let's Make a Deal" -- Back in the late 1970s, several TV game shows offered people the chance of winning big prizes through a random selection. In one of these setups, a contestant was told to chose from five boxes, with one containing the top prize and the others containing prizes of lesser value. After the person made his or her selection, the host would often open three of the remaining boxes, giving the impression that the contestant now had a 50/50 chance of being a big winner. Because the host knew which box contained the keys to the shiny new Buick, the contestant's chances were still only 20 percent. If the host offered him $5,000 to pass on the opportunity to win the car, the wise choice would be to take the money and run.

The Claw -- Another "Sucker's Bet" is the claw vending machine you might see at a mall or at the entrance of a supermarket. The game features prizes--usually plush toys such as teddy bears--heaped inside a clear case. The player puts coins into the machine, activating a joystick that controls the claw for a short time. The catch is that the player can move the claw back, forth, and sideways--but not up or down. As popular as the machines are, they are commonly considered to be rigged. In many cases, the claw lacks the mechanical strength to extract a prize. Inside these one-hooked-bandits is a control box that controls the grip strength and "pay-out" odds. A survey by a British group found that a typical machine is set to offer only a reasonable chance every fourth try. Having played one of these games before, I've noticed my chances were comparable with what they would be if I were blindfolded.

Know the End-Time Odds

I believe people who scoff at prophecy are making a "Sucker's Bet" because they fail to realize that prophecy is in an advanced state of fulfillment. Most of these people make assumptions about end-time prophecy without even studying the evidence.

For centuries we've had general signs that pointed to man's prophetic destiny. While atheists promise a utopian society, the reality is that we are moving closer to the type of self-destruction the Bible warned about.

All bets should have been off when, in 1948, Israel became a nation. The Bible predicted its rebirth, and for several centuries it seemed impossible that this would happen. On several occasions, the Jews almost never had the chance to regather as a nation. Hitler came very close to wiping out any hope of a future Israel.

The critics need to realize that the Bible was correct about the Jews. It didn't predict the Moabites would be reformed as a nation. Of all the thousands of civilizations that existed, Israel is the only nation that has come back from the dead. When the Romans destroyed the State of Israel in 70 AD, I don't think any observer would have been willing to wager that people would be back.

The odds of improbability don't just stop at Israel. Bible prophecy predicted a number of other events that are in the advanced stages of coming true. The Word of God warned that China would rise to be a world power; it foretold of Europe forming a single government; it said the world would someday have a global integrated financial market; and it predicted the diplomatic struggle we see today over who should control Jerusalem.

Jesus said something that makes it all the more risky to bet against prophecy. In Matthew 24:34, He told us, "This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled." There is no consensus on how long "this generation" would last, but because many key prophetic events are in the late stages of development, it would be logical to place us close to the end of that generation.

Betting Against Yourself

Ironically, the Bible prophesies that one of the signs of the end-times is people making "Sucker's Bets." The more these people mock, the more they are pushing the prophetic clock closer to doomsday

. "Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with {their} mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? Forever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation'" (2 Pet. 3:3-4).

In a way, these folks are placing bets against themselves. They may verbalize their opposition, but all their chips are on helping to fulfill prophecy. If the end-time message is false, there should be no need for any great concern.

When I respond to people, I reply to the real issue they are secretly addressing. People usually write me because they are bothered by events that confirm Bible prophecy. I point out to them that prophetic fulfillment is the real reason they're mad at me, and I warn them by saying, "If my luck with the end-time signs doesn’t run out soon, yours will."







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J'lem worried EU wants to give PA concession to drop UN bid  

Jerusalem Post - Herb Keinon - ‎8 minutes ago‎
Officials concerned Quartet will not press PA to recognize Israel as Jewish state in return for forgoing statehood plans at UN; J'lem also frustrated that EU dinner on ME doesn't include Israeli representative.

Israel Urges Apple to Remove 'Anti-Israel' App  

PC Magazine - Leslie Horn - ‎5 hours ago‎
The Israeli government has urged Apple to remove an app called "ThirdIntifada" from the App Store, because it says it encourages violence against Israel. The country's minister of information, Yuli Edelstein, sent an email to Apple CEO ...

Michael Oren: Gaza blockade is 'matter of life and death'  

Jerusalem Post - Hilary Leila Krieger - ‎36 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - Israel's Ambassador to the US Michael Oren on Wednesday defended the blockade of Gaza as a “matter of life and death” and said that it fully comports with international law, as a flotilla prepares to attempt to ...

A Crusader town emerges under an old Israeli port  

The Associated Press - ‎10 hours ago‎
ACRE, Israel (AP) - Off the track beaten by most Holy Land tourists lies one of the richest archaeological sites in a country full of them: the walled port of Acre, where the busy alleys of an Ottoman-era town cover a uniquely intact Crusader city now ...

Former Mossad Chief Discounts Arab Spring, Welcomes Prospect of a Sunni Syria  

TIME (blog) - Karl Vick - ‎32 minutes ago‎
Meir Dagan, who until February ran Israel's overseas intelligence agency for nine pretty successful years, has been making a new name for himself as outspoken retiree.
Meir Dagan, gadfly Christian Science Monitor 

Israel makes moves to improve relations with Turkey  

CNN International - Kevin Flower - ‎6 hours ago‎
Plus following Turkish election results, Netanyahu offered conciliatory words to Ankara, telling reporters thatIsrael regretted the deterioration in relations with Turkey and expressed the hope for more amiable relationship going forward.

Shakira, Jimmy Wales, Sarah SIlverman in Israel  

Jewish Telegraphic Agency - ‎3 hours ago‎
"Israel is the perfect place to discuss education and our future because it is the melting pot, the location where all nations and religions were born.

US envoy Ross: Bold steps must be taken to keep Israel Jewish and Democratic 

Ha'aretz - Barak Ravid - ‎6 hours ago‎
Ross and US diplomat David Hale are in Israel and due to meet with Netanyahu and his advisers to push for the renewal of Mideast peace talks.

10153 millionaires in Israel 

Globes - Chen Ma'anit - ‎3 hours ago‎
Israel had 10153 millionaires in 2010, 20.6% more than the 8419 millionaires in 2009, according to Merrill Lynch and Capgemini's "2011 World Wealth Report".

Israel security cabinet 'meets in nuclear bunker' 

AFP - ‎4 hours ago‎
JERUSALEM - Israel's security cabinet on Wednesday met for the first time in a secret nuclear bunker in Jerusalem, officials and press reports said, as part of a massive nationwide defence exercise.

LIVE FROM JERUSALEM*: The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted by Zubin ... 

MarketWatch (press release) - ‎2 hours ago‎
CENTENNIAL, Colo., Jun 22, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Zubin Mehta conducts the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in the breathtaking city of Jerusalem with a special one-night event featuring soprano Renee Fleming and tenor Joseph Calleja.

Israel Drills for Potential Mass Missile Attacks 

CRIENGLISH.com - ‎6 hours ago‎
In the drill's scenario, it is the 13th day of a full-scale war, and Israel's foes have lobbed some 7000 missiles, hitting Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and other major population centers.
Israeli cabinet holds emergency drill Monsters and Critics.com

Lebanon files UN complaint over Israel-Cyprus EEZ deal 

Jerusalem Post - ‎12 hours ago‎
Beirut has issued a complaint to the UN over an agreement made between Cyprus and Israeldemarcating an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) at the maritime border between the two Eastern Mediterranean countries, Lebanese English-language newspaper the Daily ...

Study finds autistic toddlers' brains out of sync 

Reuters - Kate Kelland - ‎4 hours ago‎
In research published in the journal Neuron, scientists in Israel used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to look at the brains of sleeping toddlers and found that certain types of neural activity are disrupted in autistic children, ...

US Congressman calls on Egypt to release 'spy' 

San Francisco Chronicle - Aron Heller - ‎2 minutes ago‎
Israel has denied the 27-year-old Grapel is a spy. The arrest came as the military faces criticism of how it is running the country and resonates among Egyptians looking for someone outside to blame.

Pray In Jerusalem, Play In Tel Aviv 

Seaway News - Ken Walker - ‎1 hour ago‎
“Why would you travel to Israel now when there's a war going on?” my nurse asked. Like many others she'd been watching television, rarely a portrayal of the whole truth.

IAI, Airbus Military to develop airborne warning systems 

Jerusalem Post - Yaakov Katz - ‎17 hours ago‎
Sources say the deal is expected to bring in several hundred million dollars in to IsraelAerospace Industries over the next five years.

Ross: Israel must take action 

Ynetnews - ‎4 hours ago‎
Obama knows that no peace can be imposed and that it's up to the Israelis and the Palestinians, but without a peace process the march to isolate Israel internationally is gaining momentum while the Palestinian impulse to abandon negotiations will only ...

Abbas urges Israel, US, EU to negotiate on Palestinian state 

Irish Times - Michael Jansen - ‎21 hours ago‎
He called on Israel, the US and EU to restart serious negotiations that would lead to the emergence of a Palestinian state.
Obama's nightmare The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.

Home > News > Israel Studies institute at Concordia “not about the politics” 

Macleans.ca - Josh Dehaas - ‎1 hour ago‎
Concordia University made it official Wednesday that it will house the Azrieli Instiute of IsraelStudies on campus. The ethnically-diverse Montreal school has often been a flash-point between pro-Jewish and ...

Home > News > Israel Studies institute at Concordia “not about the politics” 

Macleans.ca - Josh Dehaas - ‎1 hour ago‎
Concordia University made it official Wednesday that it will house the Azrieli Instiute of IsraelStudies on campus. The ethnically-diverse Montreal school has often been a flash-point between pro-Jewish and ...

Israelis brace for missiles, plan getaways 

UPI.com - ‎3 hours ago‎
Israeli soldiers stand near the Iron Dome, a new anti-rocket system, stationed near the southern city of Beersheba, Israel, March 27, 2011. The Israeli Defense Force deployed the $200 million Iron Dome system in response to dozens of rockets fired by ...

Glenn Beck on why Israel matters 

Israel Today - Ryan Jones - ‎10 hours ago‎
But having fully thrown his support behind Israel, Beck has discovered a whole new level of opposition. Beck visited Israel last month to mark the reborn Jewish state's 63rd Independence Day. Upon returning to the US, Beck said he had been so moved by ...

Bob Dylan, it turns out, does live in Israel 

Ha'aretz (blog) - Bradley Burston - ‎Jun 21, 2011‎
Bob Dylan, who played his first concert in twenty years in Israel on Monday, is an unlikely admor for Israelis, perhaps not your first choice as a grand teacher and master, but he has influenced Israel for the better more than any other American Jew. ...

Israel's economic success lies in start-ups and innovation 

Jerusalem Post - Nadav Shemer - ‎3 hours ago‎
At Presidential Conf., 'Start-Up Nation' co-author Saul Singer says maintaining comparative advantage in innovation is key to Israel's success. Rather than worry about establishing big companies, the key to the future of Israel's ...

Metzger says Kaddish for Pollard 

Ynetnews - ‎9 hours ago‎
Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence in the United States after being convicted of spying for Israel, was forced to remain in jail during his father's funeral and is now observing the seven days of mourning in his cell. ...

As Israel Broadcasts Its Openness, Gay Synagogues Focus on Peace and Human ... 

Forward - Ben Sales - ‎8 hours ago‎
Connecting, With a Difference: Members of Beth Chayim Chadashim, an LGBT congregation in Los Angeles, visit Hulda Gate at Jerusalem's Temple Mount during a 2007 mission to Israel. By Ben Sales Like many synagogues, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah ...

Obama's 20-Year Spiritual Mentor: “The State of Israel Is An Illegal ... 

Weasel Zippers - ‎5 hours ago‎
And he hates Israel. ”The state of Israel is an illegal, genocidal … place,” he said. “To equate Judaism with the state of Israel is to equate Christianity with [rapper] Flavor Flav.” Laughter erupted from the mostly female audience on that remark. ...

While thousands pray in Israel, Cleveland Clinic doctor operates on ... 

Plain Dealer - Teresa Chin - ‎11 hours ago‎
Clair said that he had been in communication with the rabbi's doctors since that initial surgery and a few weeks ago they decided that Clair should fly back to Israel to perform Sunday's procedure. Elyashiv and his supporters paid for the surgical ...

GOP senators urge suspending aid to PA 

Jewish Telegraphic Agency - Madeleine Morgenstern - ‎4 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Republican senators urged President Obama to suspend US aid to the Palestinian Authority unless Hamas recognizes Israel and renounces terrorism. Republican Sens. John Boozman (Ark.) and Jerry ...

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