By Robert Jeffress, Special to CNN
In January 1961, a few days before John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as president, he invited Billy Graham to spend a day with him in Key Biscayne, Florida. After a round of golf, Kennedy and Graham were returning to their hotel when Kennedy stopped the white Lincoln convertible he was driving by the side of the road.
“Billy, do you believe that Jesus Christ is coming back to Earth one day?” Kennedy asked.
“Yes, Mr. President, I certainly do,” the evangelist responded.
“Then why do I hear so little about it?” Kennedy wondered.
Were Kennedy alive today, he probably wouldn’t be asking the same question.
During Kennedy’s lifetime, few mainline Protestant churches discussed the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Fifty years later, however, televangelists, network television programs, movies and books like the “Left Behind” series — which has sold more than 60 million copies — have succeeded in placing the return of Jesus Christ in the public consciousness.
Harold Camping got some publicity recently for predicting doomsday on May 21, 2011 and then extended the date after his prediction did not come true:
The Sunni Muslims are also awaiting for second coming, but seldom talk about it, except when discussing with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Is it a Freudian slip?