Posted by: conservativecritic | January 9, 2010

2012…End of Days?

Both the christian and secular world have been fascinated with times or dates that predict the end of the world(which of course means different things to different people).  

Prophecies of doom and gloom, or the hope of a new world, are age-old. In the Western world, this event is linked with the Apocalypse, which is a series of events that is presumed to involve the arrival of both the AntiChrist and the Second Coming of Christ, before the dead are resurrected and the “end of time” occurs.

Within Christian eschatology, the “End of Days” is linked with the so-called “Signs of the End”. Matthew 24:3-8 is quite specific about these, stating they will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes, as well as people proclaiming they are Christ. But for many others, any phenomenon of an anomalous nature is often seen as the precursor to the Apocalypse.

This business of predicting if and when the earth could come to its end has captivated individuals from all walks of life, starting from biblical days and continuing in full strength today with Hollywood movies, books extolling Nostrodamus, Edgar Cayce, “seers” such as Jean Dixon and reaching, unfortunately into media such as TBN as  well as some fundamentalistic christian circles.

This whole business of “date setting” and prognostication has taken us through the Y2K debacle and numerous New Age activities has now culminated in a fascination with the year 2012, which a growing number of adherents say may indeed be the “end of days”.

Apocolyptic movies such as “Deep Impact”, “Armageddon”, Independence Day”, “The Day After Tomorrow” and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “End of Days”(something  you should be certain young children would not view) remind us that Hollywood, while not necessarily a believer in such phenomenon, sees dollar signs when such ideas become  widespread and an integral part of  discussions at the dinner table or the office water fountain.

This topic is such a large one that we will try to break it  down into manageable pieces, and allow you the reader to digest and comment on individual portions of the discussion.

Stay tuned – and prepare to comment.  gene

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