Mark Barrowcliffe: The end of the world is nigh. Its name is Gordon

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Gordon is a self-effacing, modest prophet who seems like a very nice man. That said, he has managed to convince himself of the truth of an approach to Bible study that, at best, has a history of utter failure, and at worst - my interpretation - is a complete load of rubbish. I'm not the only one to take this view. Gordon's girlfriend of 16 years finds his faith exasperating. “She just wishes I'd forget all about it and we could get on with living a normal life,” he says.

But does he even hope his predictions come true? Gordon says he's looking forward to the Second Coming but I can't believe he's welcoming the extermination of 50 per cent of mankind. “They won't actually die,” he says. “Their spirits will inhabit angels until they decide to join the Kingdom of Heaven. If Mike here were to get hit by a bus his body would just enter another vehicle.”

Yes, I suppose it would. But what about his friends who don't believe? He does have those, including his brothers.

“I do worry about my brothers sometimes but there are a lot of things supposed to happen before the end, albeit in rather a small time, so they should have plenty of opportunity to wake up,” he says. And even if their bodies are killed, their souls will live on and have a chance to repent.

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