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The End of Days is Near!

I first became aware of this worlds impending doom from my friend Greg in college. It was through him that I learned that the world was going to end on September 23rd 1994. He heard it through preacher and radio mogul Harold Camping. Of course that day has now passed and we are all still here. Camping has a new book predicting some other date, but he is no longer fooling my friend Greg.

Greg has seen the error of his ways and now no longer believes that he world is coming to an end when Camping has predicted. Now Greg insists that no one can know the time or the date, but that the world is still going to come to an end… soon! In fact, if you talk to a large number of fundamentalist Christians, many will tell you that the End of Days is near. The signs are all around us. More earthquakes and hurricanes have been going on lately. The Middle East is at war just as the Bible predicted. Christians are being persecuted too. Jesus said that would happen right before the end. But the most obvious sign of all is the moral decay of society. America is the Sodom and Gomorrah of our time. All of these signs point to the obvious conclusion that the End of Days, the Armageddon, the Apocalypse, the Rapture, and any other name you want to call it is right around the corner.

Here is a little something that these Christians don’t seem to know. Back in the year 2500 BCE, people were also claiming that the end was near and Revelations hadn’t even been written yet. The reason there was a mass hysteria back then was because there was a series of violent weather, lots of wars and decease, Believers in some other man/god were being persecuted, and of course the moral decay of society.

Just 500 years later, a small cult of Jews was convinced that the end of the world was coming soon too. One of the leaders even claimed that everyone who was “saved” would be bodily brought up to a magic paradise forever. One anonymous author wrote “This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled” (Matthew 24:34). Yes, the early Christians thought that the End of Days was going to happen soon! I’m not mathematician, but 2000 years seems like more than a single generation to me.

Since that time, large numbers Christians in every generation have claimed that the End of Days was near and that they were probably the last generation. Why would they believe that? There is almost always a series of violent weather, lots of wars and decease, claiming persecution despite being the majority religion, and of course the moral decay of society.

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  • http://shaunphilly.wordpress.com ShaunPhilly

    See, Staks, it’s because the world is going to end on Dec 21st 2012.

    I’m fascinated with this idea of world’s ending. People have been claiming such things for thousands of years.

    We are still here.

  • http://www.myspace.com/wildjourne Wild

    Yeah, I know a few too many people who think the world is ending soon. I know several who believe it will be 2012 just because the Mayan calender stops at that date (and the damn History channel seems to have no qualms about putting this idea in peoples head). The ones that really scare me are the ones trying to help bring it about like the followers of Rev. Haggie who support Isreal just so that it can be destroyed in the end by a wrathful God.

    Personally I think the world already ended, Arthur Dent was the only survivor….

  • fernanie2002

    Dude. Ask yourself when the all the sales in the mall are going to end. Thoughtless consumers rush to the stores because they don’t want to miss out on the sale. But the stores have sales like every other week. This psychology is similar to the claims made every few years of the “world ending”. It resembles “Buy while supplies last”, ” This offer only good if you call within the next 10 minutes”, ” Offer expires 12 noon on Columbus day”, etc. Its sole purpose is to create a sense of urgency to “gather the flock”.

    • fernanie2002

      This creates demand for the supply of “Salvation/Eternal Life”.

      • Ryan

        good point

  • Mr. X

    Most of my thoughts on this topic, are already posted in a comment on the previous blog.

    So, regarding 2012 – here’s a link you might enjoy:

    http://www.cracked.com/article_17445_6-best-2012-apocalypse-theories-are-all-bullshit.html

    Also – I don’t know if this counts as an “Apocalypse” per se, but another reliable source states that the Zombie Uprising shall cometh on March 31, 2046, at 2:03pm:

    http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail168.html

  • http://www.myspace.com/iammyownsalvation2 Aberrant Iconoclast

    I grew up in the Jehovah’s Witnesses belief system…I’ve heard everything from the world ending in 1976, 198–something, and the early 2000′s (my mom is still in the faith)…I’ve heard from other belief systems about the rapture….I’m still waiting. Maybe I can have my neighbor’s Dodge Charger if he leaves a note telling me where the keys are when he’s sucked up into heaven. It’s a sweeeet ride!!!!

  • Olbopole

    Staks censors reasonable dissent!

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      Lol. I guess that is why I didn’t censor your comment about your ridiculous accusation that I censor. That must also be why I didn’t censor my myspace blog when two Christians posted two full pages of personal attacks against me on one of my blogs there. But I will check the spam list.

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      Tomkinson, I guess Christians aren’t the only ones with a persecution complex.

    • Mr. X

      HERE’S an idea!

      Type your comments in a TXT window, then copy and paste them into the comment form! THAT way, if something fails to post on the first try, you still have a copy of it, and you can TRY AGAIN!

    • existential blues

      What Mr. X said, or highlight and copy all of what you typed before hitting the post button. If anything goes wrong, paste it into a notepad window (or whatever simple text editor is appropriate for your operating system).

      • Tomkinson

        When I try to repost I get a message that says “Looks like you’ve already said that!”

        • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

          not from me you didn’t. besides, you posted it 3 or 4 times.

  • http://www.poweressence.com/ Maxwell Jennings

    Religious leaders love to use fear tactics and catastrophic events are humans’ most primal fears and easy to trigger. These con-artists will say anything to get more donations. It’s the longest running scam in the history of our planet. “You can’t take it with you, so give us your money and we’ll try to save as many people as we can!”