With this weeks planned tests at THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER At Cern on French-Swiss border, many ordinary people have been questioning if this is going to mean the end of the earth and humanity as we known it.
Isn’t it interesting how this question comes up again and again, fascination with prophesies and disappointments as each unfulfilled prediction passes and this is followed by new hope of the next likely Armageddon, human catastrophe it seams is always on the minds of those who think about what is the meanings to our existence here on the 3rd rock from the sun.
Possibility of another cold war: With recent developments in Georgia, and possible outbreak of the next cold war between Russia and the West many have speculated that maybe this is the time in which the “beast” will come out openly to our attention and further plans may be reveled etc.
With the economic downturn and possible financial meltdowns many worry about their future if they are going to spend their last days on this earth in poverty.
Global worming also portrayed as humanities greatest challenge coupled with genetic modifications and nanotechnology has caused significant concerns to many outsiders who would like to get better understanding of the issues.
General unrest in the world like the new government of Pakistan, some possible changes in Zimbabwe many are coming to conclusion that this as a sign that all is not well as it should be.
Nobody truly knows the timing of these predictions as only the outline was give to us so to make such claim only pots proponent of this claim in direct contrast to the Bible.
Coming of Jesus is more likely going to happen unexpectedly and most people are not going to pay attention to the signs given to us by Jesus. Finally, Judgment will come as a surprise and like a thief in the night.
So whilst some may say that Christians are being to obsessed with this issue, that is because there are specific instructions, however what is so sad is that so many who occupy the position of authority and are suppose to teach the others have so little knowledge on this subject.
Ignore the subject – for Fear of yet another mistake and miscalculation
Reluctance of ministers comes as a direct result that so many have overcomplicated and ignored specific instructions by Jesus, some have pushed their own contradictory statements, by claiming the precise date for the end times despite the contrary instructions within the Bible. But interestingly enough Bible does give us some signs to look out for and therefore observation and analysis of this topic is not forbidden. Check again chapter 24 of Mathews gospel and you will find the things we should be looking for.
False Christ: “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. This is very relevant today as increase in new sects calling themselves Christian keeps on growing.
Wars and rumors of wars: “You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. With the splits within eastern Europe a former Soviet Union, Iraq, Afghanistan including some African countries this seams to be very relevant for us today.
Famine and Earthquakes: and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. “But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Some have speculated that earths activity does seam to increase and some have predicted due to Bio fuel this could lead to great famine.
Christian persecution: “Then they will deliver you (Christians – follower of Jesus) to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. Today more Christians are killed than at any time in history of human kind, this continues to go unreported as it attributed to tribal and religious hatred which is never popular topic.
Many will abandon Christianity: “At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.
Rise of false prophets: “Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Just check some “Christian TV channels” and you will see many doctrinally inaccurate and money grabbing (orientated) Christians, for more information check prosperity Gospel etc.
Crime increase and self obsession: “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. Whilst some may boast that the crime rates in their are may have gone down this is not the overall trend in the world.
Gospel preached to everyone on the earth: “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. With the use of TV, radios and internet this is ever closer to be achieved.
Desolation most likely against Jews and Judaism another persecution:
“Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. (This applies to Jewish nation) “Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. 18 “Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 19 “But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! “But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.
Oppression and tribulation likely to apply to all: “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. “Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
False messiahs: “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him.” For false Christ’s and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
Whilst there are many other signs that we can look for, it is important that we first and foremost are ready whatever the circumstances.
Popular post 2nd world war saying
Let me quote few leaders after second world war “we will be ready and never again allow ourselves to be caught out by the enemy, we will be ready as if tomorrow we will witness another outbreak of the next world war, however we will live in hope that the peace will last forever”.
Bible on Global Peace
I hear you ask, “Why is it that so many are happy to push their views on dates for the end of the earth despite the fact that Bible is clear that we do not known the date of Jesus return to the earth”. In the parable of ten virgins Jesus clearly tells us that the timing of his return is not our problem, but that we should be on the lookout, alert and not ignoring the signs.
Matthew 25:13 “Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.
And if we refer to Matthew chapter 24 we find that the Bible deals with this issue to some considerable details and expands on the prophesies that Jesus foretells about end times, here we find this:
Matthew 24:36-39 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.
From this we can deduce following:
Whilst it is clear from the Bible that we will not be so lucky to witness this global peace, and that only amazing and skillful work of the Antichrist will bring this very brief peace, which will happen post rapture (when Christians are taken to heaven and non Christians are left with the new leader – Antichrist) this will be followed by massive persecution once the real characteristics of the deceiver are made known.
So in short I do not want you to worry about this, as Bible clearly instruct us however one should not forget that there are clear instructions given to us and we should not shy away from our responsibility to both read and try to understand what is being foretold.
Most of all our main objective just be to prepare people whatever the circumstances, yes Jesus may not come in the next ten, fifty or even one hundred years, but what is sure is you and I do not know if we are going to be around to see this day anyway. So most of all we should encourage people to think what would you say to Jesus if tomorrow your time comes and you are made to give answer to your creator what have you done with your life.
Defend the word
Why the fascination with the end of the world?
Page last updated at 15:51 GMT, Monday, 8 September 2008 16:51 UK
|By Finlo Rohrer
BBC News Magazine
A huge particle accelerator experiment is about to start and a tiny group of people believe it could spell the end of the world. But why are we so obsessed with the possibility of apocalypse?
The world will end. That much is a certainty. But it may not be soon. And in all probability it will not come to a shuddering, fiery, boiling, cataclysmic end on Wednesday this week.
|THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER At Cern on French-Swiss border One of biggest and most expensive experiments in human history Critics say micro black holes could be created, that could swallow the earth Cern says any black holes will evaporate quickly and harmlessly Effects will be less than cosmic ray collisions in atmosphere LHC collisions could shed light on creation of universe First beam on Wednesday First collision later in year Action ongoing at European Court of Human Rights to stop experiments LHC Kritiks lead opposition ‘Big Bang machine’ fires up|
That is when the Large Hadron Collider on the Swiss/French border has its first full beam. The collider is a giant particle accelerator which, by smashing one particle into another, will tell us amazing things about the birth of the universe, scientists hope.
But there are a small but significant group of naysayers who worry that the LHC is not 100% safe. Opponents say it is possible the collider could produce micro black holes and dangerous “strangelets”, and that catastrophic effects from these cannot be ruled out.
In this worst case scenario the earth could very well have had its chips.
However, the consensus of physicists is that the collider is perfectly harmless. Micro black holes would vanish almost instantaneously.
But when you see a headline in a newspaper that says “Are we all going to die next Wednesday?”, one can’t help but wonder at our fascination with the idea of the end of the world.
|FAILED PREDICTIONS Jehovah’s Witnesses have predicted end several times, but have stopped Millerites predicted end of world for 22 October 1844 – day known to followers as Great Disappointment Edgar C Whisenant wrote 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Could Be in 1988 – followed up with predictions for 1989, 1993, and 1994 Argentinian goalie Carlos Roa gave up football in anticipation of end of world in 2000 Hal Lindsey in 1970’s The Late, Great Planet Earth linked end of world to the EU|
Whether you refer to it as eschatology (religious theory of the end of the world), millenarianism, end time belief, apocalypticism, or disaster scenario, it is one of humanity’s most powerful ideas, and it goes way back.
“It is a very ancient pattern in human thought. It is rooted in ancient, even pre-biblical Middle Eastern myths of ultimate chaos and ultimate struggle between the forces of order and chaos,” says cultural historian Paul S Boyer, author of When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture.
“It is deeply appealing at a psychological level because the idea of meaninglessness is deeply threatening. Human societies have always tried to create some kind of framework of meaning to give history and our own personal lives some kind of significance.”
And although end of the world thinking crops up in many religions, those in the West are probably most aware of Christian eschatology. In the early days of the church it was taken as a given by many believers that the Second Coming and the end of the world were imminent.
|The concept of the world ending is key to mainstream Christianity|
Mainstream Christianity moved away from this type of thought, but large numbers of believers returned to it at various times.
“It isn’t just the lunatic fringe, it’s an integral part of all Christianity. But [in mainstream Christianity] it is put into perspective that it may happen ‘one day’,” says Stephen J Hunt, a sociologist of religion and author of Christian Millenarianism: From the Early Church to Waco.
“But certain groups and movements believe it is in their generation. They are saying we have got the truth and nobody else has.”
There have been many groups that have predicted the end of the world, or Tribulation, or Rapture, dealt with it not coming to pass and then issued new ones.
Jehovah’s Witnesses have issued predictions about cataclysmic scenarios that have manifestly failed to come to pass, only ceasing predictions of the end in recent years. Failed predictions seem not to have alienated core believers. Indeed, it is denied by some that specific predictions – as opposed to speculation based on scripture – have ever been made.
|RELIGIOUS AND SECULAR “End of world” concepts include: Destruction of planet Extinction of human race Significant change in situation of human race Secular scenarios include: Catastrophic climate change Asteroid or comet strike Massive nuclear war Destabilisation of earth or moon orbit Religious scenarios include: Islam refers to “last judgement” Some Buddhists believe in disappearance of Buddha’s teachings Christian end of world linked to second coming of Jesus Hindus believe in cycle of ages Zoroastrians may have had first codified end of world theory|
No such luck applied to the 19th Century Millerite sect, led by William Miller. He didn’t just predict the end would be soon. He nailed the day – 22 October 1844. As the day neared the sect’s popularity snowballed, with thousands of newspapers sold. Only one thing was able to derail the movement’s popularity – the safe and unexpected arrival of 23 October 1844. The failure of the world to end was known as the “Great Disappointment” and followers left in droves.
“The current prophecy popularisers are much shrewder,” says Prof Boyer. “They say no man knoweth the day or the hour, but it’s coming soon.”
Carlos Roa thought he kneweth the hour. The Argentinian goalkeeper, best known for his penalty heroics against England in the 1998 World Cup, refused to countenance a new contract at Real Mallorca as the year 2000 approached because he believed the world was going to end and he needed to prepare. When it didn’t he was soon donning the gloves back in Mallorca.
And for all it is easy to mock those who have tried and failed, thinking about the ways the world might end, or the timing, may be fulfilling a basic human need.
|Eschatology is of interest to both academics and curiosity hunters|
“It comes down to an issue of power,” says Michael Molcher, editor of the magazine The End is Nigh. “What you get during times of particular discontent or war or famine or during general bad times is a rise in apocalyptic preaching and ideas.
“It is a way for people to control the way their world works. The one thing we can never predict is the time and manner of our own deaths.”
The great periods of millenarianism – Europe around the year 1000, the English Civil War, the Industrial Revolution on both sides of the Atlantic, and the 20th Century – have been periods of intense turbulence. Putting an eschatological spin on current events is extremely tempting.
“A lot of fundamentalists are what we call ‘sign watching’. If there’s another tornado in Florida it must be a punishment,” says Dr Hunt.
Sometimes the links to the temporal world can be tortuous to say the least. A common theme on the fringes of Christian millenarianism is a revived Roman Empire led by the Antichrist and consisting of 10 European nations. The theme is drawn out from the description of a beast with 10 horns in the book of Revelation.
|THE TERMINOLOGY Eschatology: Religious theory of the end of the world Millenarianism: In Christianity, belief in coming of thousand year golden age linked with second coming of Christ Apocalypticism: Belief based on end of present world order End time: The end of the world or the end of the current age|
It was historically linked to the EU, but now there are 27 members attention has shifted to the 10-nation Western European Union.
And these end times beliefs seem easily to find their way into popular culture. The Left Behind series of novels have sold millions and cinema-goers have happily trooped in to see three instalments of the Omen.
But it is wrong to say that belief that the world could be about to end is entirely confined to religious people. When the Cold War was going on, the likely culprit was nuclear weapons, at the moment it might be a catastrophic climate change scenario that leaves the world intact, but humanity gone. And Mr Molcher’s favourite prediction of recent years involved a woman who was convinced that Chinese plans to build a base on the moon would throw its orbit out and send it hurtling towards earth.
|Many religious groups have made more than one prediction|
And end of the world believers, whether religious or not, have one thing going for them. The world will, one day, end.
And there are still plenty willing to name a date.
Preacher Ronald Weinland’s book 2008 – God’s Final Witness, predicts that the US will be destroyed within two years.
Sadly anybody wanting to find out more by e-mail receives an automated response. One can only assume he is too busy preparing for the end that is nigh.