I just read an article in the New York Review of Books online, right here.
Large numbers of people believe that The Rapture is coming, and that therefore we don't have to care about the future, the environment, or even the peace process.
They are looking forwards to all out war in the Middle East, as it will lead to The Rapture, during which they will be carried up to heaven.
Maybe I'm a little thick, but where are they getting the idea that THEY will be going to heaven?
Honestly, I am reminded of that scene towards the end of The Ten Commandments, with everybody going wild around that golden calf.
Do these people really think they can support war, ignorance, and the destruction of the earth, and still have God's favor?