John Nelson Darby was an ordained priest of the Church of Scotland, a counterpart of the Church of England, at twenty-five excommunicated to form the Plymouth Brethren, a very fundamentalist sect. Darby found his big selling point was preaching on the end of the world, especially the Rapture which he began sermonizing in 1840. He toured Switzerland, England, and the United States promising that Christian believers would be speared the Tribulation, which rang well among fundamentalists. His well received, repeated message was not questioned.A.G.H.
Kirsch, Jonathan, A History of the End of the World, New York, Harper One, 2006, pp. 191-192