A reader writes:
What seems to be missing from the analysis of apocalyptic thinking you quoted is the third element: vengeance. The belief that those in control of the world, those who have brought it to such confusion, must not only be wiped away but be so by God's righteous wrath. It isn't merely that something good must come out of existence and prevail; it is that there must be punishment for the guilty as well as reward for those with fidelity. Revelations is inherently a revenge fantasy, and so many of the believers – whether they believe it will be next week, next year or on the immanent time horizon – crave revenge for a world they no longer understand, as well as for all of the slights and humiliations that their fidelity to some belief has brought down upon them.
Another writes, "Thought you'd enjoy this FAQ by a college professor for his students on what do about final exams in the event of rapture." Money quote:
Q: If my mother/father/grandfather/grandmother/favorite aunt/etc. is chosen, will I be excused from the final so that I may mourn his/her loss?
A: No. They have not died, but been granted eternal life, thus this does not count as a case of a death in the family.