Robert C. Courson Jr. has a folksy way of warning people that life is brief: “You may tie your shoes this morning, but the undertaker could untie them tonight.”
In other words, he said, “We have no promise for tomorrow. We’re all in the same boat, so get your relationship right with the Lord.”
Courson of Bedford, Ind., and formerly of Danville, expands on that warning in his first book, “The Terminal Generation.” Its basic message is: The world as we know it is about to change forever; be prepared.
Courson, senior pastor at First Church of God in Mitchell, Ind., uses empirical, scientific and biblical analysis of current world events throughout the 222-page paperback. He does a verse-by-verse analysis of Revelation, and compares them to modern events.
The “terminal generation” refers to anyone 65 and under — the Baby Boomers, hippies, yuppies, Generation X, and the Millennials. These people, he said, will be alive when “humanity’s greatest cataclysmic event sounds in our life time.”
“We’re the generation that needs to be prepared to meet Jesus Christ,” he said in a telephone interview from his home.
Jesus Christ is coming soon — suddenly and silently — to “rapture” his church; the anti-Christ will ascend to dominate world power and the wrath of God will be unleashed upon sinful man during the tribulation period, he said.
“This book is an instruction manual covering the things to come in our life time and also a survival manual of protection and preparation,” he said. “Be prepared and don’t be left behind.”
Courson said that, prior to the Rapture when the righteous and innocents are taken away, certain things will happen, and we’re seeing those now: a falling away from religion, as people become consumed by the busyness of the world; wars, famine and pestilence; an indifference to the plight of the poor, helpless and homeless; and cosmic disturbances, such as lunar and solar eclipses this year and next.