Hamlett was a popular figure among Texas and Oklahoma Baptists, and also one of the more prominent premillennialists
in the SBC.
Apocalypticism, encouraged by the war's length, widening scope, and destructiveness, appeared in wartime novels and movies, animated radical political movements, and fueled end-time speculation made even more plausible among fervent premillennialists
by the British army's victory in Palestine--at biblical Armageddon, no less--and by the Balfour Declaration's promise of a homeland for the Jews.
also believe that when Jesus returns to judge the wicked, the faithful will be caught up in a rapture and therefore will avoid the terror and suffering.
This was a phrase filled with what William Hutchison calls ambiguities, which allowed both premillennialists
and postmillennialists to own it as their own.
52) For premillennialists
such as LeTourneau, the stakes for humanity were even higher.
When Jews began to emigrate to Palestine under the inspiration of Zionism in the late nineteenth century, and established a Jewish state in 1948, many Christian premillennialists
saw [their] predictions being fulfilled.
, Reconstruction's revolutionary philosophy offered an opportunity to turbocharge the religious right.
Rather than believing that man could change the future, the premillennialists
believed that the future was determined because God has ordained the Second Coming (Sandeen, 1970).
insist that the Second Coming will take place before the 1,000-year era, so Jesus can rule during that period.
approach the Christian dogma from a different perspective, stress different aspects of it, and apply their understandings to the world in a very direct and confrontational manner, they bring people to invest the meanings of local events with a global import in a way that the more established churches tend not to do.
Not surprisingly, premillennialists
have formed the dominant strand among chiliastic movements.
who embraced this interpretation typically dismissed the protests of Palestinians or Arab leaders against the claims of Israeli hard-liners to full sovereignty in Jerusalem or to expansion into the West Bank or other disputed territories.