A poll conducted by a faith and culture research firm, the Barna Group, found that 41 percent of adults over age 18 in America believe “the world is currently living in the ‘end times’ as described by prophecies in the Bible.”
While the vast majority of evangelicals, 77 percent, felt this way, 54 percent of Protestants agreed.
Catholics were on the opposite end of the argument. Of those Catholics polled, 73 percent said they do not believe we are living in the end times. “Practicing Catholics” who were surveyed were more likely to answer yes.
The Barna Group issued 1,000 online surveys to adults in the US over the course of four days last summer.
The poll asked specifically, “do you, personally, believe that the world is currently living in the ‘end times’ as described by prophecies in the Bible, or not?”
Analysis of racial groups found that 54 percent of African Americans believe Armageddon is nigh, with 48 percent of Hispanics and 39 percent of whites in agreement.
The poll was commissioned by WatchWORD Bible New Testament producer Jim Fitzgerald.
“Even I was surprised by the findings,” Fitzgerald said. “I thought the numbers could possibly be as low as 10% for the overall population and maybe 30% for Christians in general, or less. I had no way to know before the survey. But the response of the overall population was higher than what I expected from Christians, and the Evangelical’s response was nearly twice what I thought.”
Evangelical Christian author Joel Rosenberg claims End Time theology has predicted the crisis in Syria and a US military attack there would kick-start the end times leading to the second coming of Jesus Christ.
“Neither Isaiah 17 nor Jeremiah 49 give us any detail about precisely when these prophecies will come to pass. We know that they would happen prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, because there aren’t judgments that are happening during the Millennial Kingdom,” Rosenburg told TheBlaze. “I write from a perspective of belief that the Bible is true in all of its regards. We have to tell people what we know and the rest, we don’t know.”