Edgar C. Whisenant

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Edgar C. Whisenant (September 25, 1932 – May 16, 2001) was a former NASA engineer and Bible student who predicted the rapture would occur in 1988, sometime between Sept. 11 and Sept. 13.[1] He published two books about this, 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988 and On Borrowed Time. Eventually, 300,000 copies of 88 Reasons were mailed free of charge to ministers across America, and 4.5 million copies were sold in bookstores and elsewhere. Whisenant was quoted as saying "Only if the Bible is in error am I wrong; and I say that to every preacher in town" and "[I]f there were a king in this country and I could gamble with my life, I would stake my life on Rosh Hashana 88."[2][3]


  • Whisenant, Edgar C. (1988). 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988. Predicted that the Rapture would occur in 1988.
  • Whisenant, Edgar C. (1989). The final shout: Rapture report 1989. Predicted that the Rapture would occur in 1989.
  • Whisenant, Edgar C. (1993). 23 reasons why a pre-tribulation rapture looks like it will occur on Rosh-Hashanah 1993. Predicted that the Rapture would occur in 1993.
  • Whisenant, Edgar C. (1994). And now the earth's destruction by fire, nuclear bomb fire. Prediction for 1994.

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  1. ^ Sheryl, J. Gregory (2012). "Can the Date of Jesus' Return Be Known?". Bibliotheca Sacra. 169 (1): 27.
  2. ^ "Field Guide: brief bio of Edgar Whisenant". www.isitso.org. Retrieved 2020-01-18.
  3. ^ Jason, Boyett (May 12, 2011). "The apocalypse of my youth". Washington Post. Archived from the original on November 12, 2012.

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