Should the body of the Christian deity figure's son somehow drop down from outer space and suddenly appear hovering in the sky over Jerusalem, America's two leading Christian television networks are prepared to cover the holy event live. You'll even be able to watch it on your iPad.
According to The Los Angeles Times, both Daystar TV and the Trinity Broadcasting Network have set up cameras in studios overlooking the Mount of Olives, where scripture says the Christian Messiah will touch down one day. Both networks recently acquired studio space in Jerusalem as part of a miniature dust-up in their niche industry over who is doing more to preach the gospel to Jews.
Daystar in particular has been very aggressive in deploying their messaging on Israeli airwaves, having launched the first 24-hour Christian network in the country back in 2006. The network's website also features a live video stream from the Mount of Olives that's compatible with a host of mobile devices like iPhones, iPads, Androids and Blackberries -- just in case viewers need to catch the Messiah's return on the go.
Many evangelical Christians believe that the final battle for mankind will take place in Jerusalem, and that once it ends all the Jews will come to worship Jesus. But in the meantime, evangelicals have fostered a friendly relationship with Israelis believing that they gain favor with their deity figure by supporting the Jews, who they see as God's chosen people.
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life said in 2011 that 78.4 percent of Americans consider themselves to be Christian, but just 26.3 percent identifiy as evangelical. A wide majority of evangelical leaders also said they believe their influence on American society is waning.
Nevertheless, there will almost assuredly be a market for Armageddon-themed media going forward: a Reuters/Ipsos poll published in May found that 22 percent of Americans believe the world will end in their lifetime.
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