Newsweek: Forty Percent of Americans Believe the World Will End as the Bible Predicts: A Battle Between Jesus and the Antichrist at Armageddon

Oct 24, 1999, 01:00 ET from Newsweek

    NEW YORK, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Forty percent of all Americans and 45
 percent of Christians believe that the world will end, as the Bible predicts,
 in a battle at Armageddon between Jesus and the Antichrist, according to a new
 Newsweek Poll on prophecy.  Fully, 71 percent of Evangelical Protestants, but
 only 28 percent of non-Evangelical Protestants and 18 percent of Catholics
 share that view.
     The poll is part of the cover package, "Prophecy: What the Bible Says
 About the End of the World," in the November 1 issue of Newsweek (on
 newsstands Monday, October 25), which also includes articles by Religion
 Editor Kenneth L. Woodward, on "The Way the World Ends," and "Millennium
 Madness" by Senior Editor John Leland.  According to the poll, almost half of
 believers in the Biblical prophecy of Armageddon (47%) think the Antichrist is
 on earth now, and 45 percent of them believe Jesus will return to Earth in
 their lifetime.  But, only a modest group --15 percent -- of believers in the
 Armageddon prophecy -- or about 6 percent of all Americans -- think Jesus will
 return as early as the year 2000.
     In the poll, large majorities of believers in the second coming of Christ
 believe that current events such as natural disasters (83%), epidemics like
 AIDS and Ebola (66%) and outbreaks of violence like shootings (62%), are a
 sign that it will happen soon.  An overwhelming majority of believers in a
 second coming (95%) believe that, under such circumstances, it is important to
 get right with God and a majority (65%) think it is important to convert non-
 Christians.  However, less than half of believers (42%) think that converting
 people to the Christian faith hastens the return of Jesus to Earth.  Among all
 of those surveyed, 57 percent expect that people will be divided between
 heaven and hell after the world ends.  An even larger majority (68%) expect
 that they will be going to heaven.
     For this Newsweek Poll, Princeton Research Associates interviewed
 755 adults, 18 and older from October 21-22.  The margin of sampling error is
 plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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