End times prognosticator Hal Lindsey just celebrated his eighty-fifth birthday. Although his 1969 book Late Great Planet Earth was the first theology book I read on my own as a teenager, I have since moved far away from Lindsey's dispensational premillennialism.
While I am thankful that God has granted Mr. Lindsey long life and good health, I cannot help but wonder if Lindsey is surprised to have lived this long without seeing the Rapture.
One thing has always bothered me about Lindsey--besides his eschatology. The older he gets, the darker his mustache becomes. Men usually start to go grey at the chin, temples, and mustache in their late 40's. Indeed, Lindsey has a fine head of silver hair--the well-earned sign of long life. But his mustache is a whole generation younger than the rest of him!
One of the most popular posts in the history of this blog was "signs of the end" and the changing colors of Hal Lindsey's mustache (There Will Be Signs on the Earth). And so as we wish Mr. Lindsey a happy birthday, we wonder, if like the leaves changing color in the Fall, whether or not his mustache will grow old with him--or if it will continue to stay 40.