If the predicted rapture — aka the end of the world — comes to pass this weekend, at least one small business owner will have his work cut out for him.
Josh Witter, founder of Post-Rapture Post, currently has just under 400 letters stored and ready to be printed out on high-quality resume paper and delivered to their intended recipients.
Witter, an Orlando-based software engineer, started his online business in 2004, after hearing about another rapture prediction date that has since passed.
Since launching the site, Witter has sold nearly 400 letters, ranging in price from $4.99 to $9.99. He has yet to sell his highest-priced letter, a $799 model printed on "medieval style parchment sheets, and then rolled and wrapped with a fine Italian ribbon."
Witter said that about 5 percent of the letters are clearly jokes, many addressed to him. The remainder, he said, are very sincere and are primarily meant to be delivered to family members left behind after the rapture allegedly occurs and leaves nonbelievers to suffer on earth.
The letters, Witter said, have not yet been printed out. He has them backed up and stored in the cloud.
And, like any good business owner, Witter said he intends to deliver on his promise to his customers .
"I will mail them if they need to be mailed," he told BusinessNewsDaily. "I will hand-deliver them if the postal service isn't still running. I fully intend to carry out my promise if rapture happens."
As research for his business venture, Witter read the books from the "Left Behind" book series to get a better idea of what might happen if a rapture were, indeed, to take place.
"It seems the prevailing theory is that devout believers will disappear," Witter said, going on to explain the remainder of the story that warns that nonbelievers will be left behind to do battle with one another and suffer eternally.
While Witter, an atheist, isn't betting the rapture will happen this weekend, he's not planning on shutting down his site, either.
"There's always another rapture to come," he said.