You may have noticed that lately a lot of people are jabbering on about this being the ‘end times’, when either God will rain down punishment on this world, or the ‘Illuminati’ will achieve their final takeover of human society. Of course, this is nothing new in itself. People have been making such claims throughout history. All it takes is a change in the zeitgeist to send people scurrying about, crying out that the sky is falling. However… .
However, something big is definitely in the offing. The world is realigning itself, and big change is in the air. The question is whether it actually is the end of times, or just another massive global conflict that is coming our way. If it is a massive global conflict it might just end up being the end of times, though not in the way eschatologists are expecting. We might just blow ourselves up, no god intervening.
To be honest, I don’t believe that we will inadvertently blow ourselves up. We’ve got bigger bombs that do more damage than nukes, without the fallout. Areas might get wiped out, or radiated, but not the whole planet, and not to the extent that life becomes impossible above ground. Massive damage there will be, yes, but a man-made apocalypse there won’t.
So that leaves an apocalypse as an act of God. I am pretty sure that one day God will get fed up, and stand up, and take some sort of definitive action. The question is when?
Well, for many years now, I have held to the belief that the key lies in the fall of Jerusalem. Luke 21:20 prophesies: “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near” (NIV). Many people will argue that this already happened two thousand years ago. There are, however, other passages that reinforce the notion that this also applies to something that has yet to come. Please don’t make me root around in my bible searching for all of those passages, because I am really bad at that. I digest passages; I don’t memorize them. So, when it comes to finding them again, it takes more effort than this post is worth.
I want to make a short digression here, and hope bible-thumpers will look it up and mull it over. It is in Genesis, in the story of Cain and Abel. Take a look at how Cain’s punishment for murdering Abel was to become a life-long wanderer. Now look at the New Testament. The Jews set Jesus up to be killed, and end up as global wanderers. Just something that popped out at me recently… .
Anyway,to get back to the topic at hand. The key to the modern apocalypse, as far as I am concerned, lies in the fall of Jerusalem. We have a warning that when peace breaks out in the area, then the end will come. Until that peace happens, I am not prepared to believe the end is, indeed, imminent.
Now how the hell is that supposed to happen? The prospect of peace in the Middle East is as distant now as it was 40 years ago, if not more so. In today’s political climate, it would take a bleeding miracle for some sort of solid peace deal to be hammered out, with all sides being willing to show some flexibility. Unless… . Unless some sort of a double-cross is enacted. Or maybe a triple-cross, or even quadruple-cross. Here’s what I envision, though I may be wrong in the details:
As we know, Israel and Saudi Arabia are bosom-buddies. No need to get into the details as to how, or why, they have formed this unlikely allegiance. They have mutually beneficial interests, and that is all it takes. So, perhaps a deal is brokered and accepted; maybe the Saudis even use some of their influence to bring it about. On the surface it all seems like a major breakthrough; the Saudis give it their blessing, the Israelis give it their blessing, the Palestinians give it their blessing. Everyone is happy. Or are they? Suddenly the Arab world unites and takes Israel down in a pre-orchestrated and well-planned lightening-fast strike, and none of Israel’s allies come to their assistance.
In effect, Israel’s plans for a ‘Greater Israel’ ends up blowing up in their faces.
When I see this happening, then I will know we are really in the end of times.