Monday, November 21, 2016

With So Many Tragedies - and Now Election of Donald Trump - Is This The Biblical ‘End of Days?’

Is Donald Trump's election another sign of the End of Days?  Or a Nostradamus prediction?
The world seems to darken with every live-streamed horror. And then Trump won the U.S. election!  But consider this small empirical comfort.

Bill Tieleman’s 24 Hours Vancouver / The Tyee column

July 19, 2016

By Bill Tieleman

“Whoa, thought it was a nightmare/Lo, it’s all so true,They told me, ‘Don't go walkin’ slow/Cause Devil’s on the loose.”

– “Run Through The Jungle,” Creedence Clearwater Revival

Are we living in the Biblical “End of Days” prophecy as terrorism, disasters and evil abound around the world?

The astonishing level of terrible violence and disturbing events have started to make many wonder if we are on the verge of a dark new era – or even the beginning of the end.

The signs are ominous: the horrific 84 deaths caused in Nice, France by a deranged man driving a big truck through celebrating crowds; a military coup attempt in Turkey with hundreds killed; black men shot by police during traffic stops and then revenge killings of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge; millions of Syrian refugees fleeing civil war, with thousands dying in conflict; the Zika virus spreading from Brazil and threatening the summer Olympics; and much more.

Those recent events follow terrorist-style attacks in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in June; suicide bombers at Istanbul’s Airport in Turkey in June and Belgium’s Brussels’ airport in March; two Canadians kidnapped and beheaded in the Philippines; and many more gruesome murders.

So far in July alone there have been over 90 reported terrorist incidents, on average more than five a day.

And many have been broadcast live to the world through social media – including tragic on camera deaths and bloody carnage – magnifying the effect.

UPDATE:  And as if that isn’t enough, the election of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is being seen by some as part of the fabled prophet Nostradamus’s predictions 400 years ago!   

Nostradamus wrote: “The great shameless, audacious bawler. He will be elected governor of the army: The boldness of his contention….The bridge broken, the city faint from fear.”  Yikes!

It truly seems that the “devil’s on the loose” – but is it the “End of Days?”

What the writings say

The term and similar ones such as “End Time” or “Final Days” or “Eschaton” are used not only in Christian writings but also most other religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Rastafarianism and Norse mythology.

In the Bible, Jesus is quoted as saying to his disciples in Matthew chapter 24 that:

“You will hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that you are not alarmed, for this is something that must happen, but the end will not be yet.

“For nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All this is only the beginning...”

Sounds grim.

And some fundamentalist Christians claim that: “We in 2016, are living in the end of time for this world as we know it. The Biblical signs are clear for all to see...”

But the Ragnarok – the Norse religion’s “doom of the gods” – is also pretty darn nasty.

Ragnarok is when the sun and moon disappear into cold and darkness, the Earth sinks into the sea, and both humans and gods perish in violent conflict.

And yet, in both these and other religions, the end of days are followed by rebirth – like Christ’s promised second coming – with a new, better world eventually emerging.

Some empirical comfort

For those of us not inclined to follow any religion, a more empirical, scientific analysis also brings some comfort.

The world has been beset by terrorism, war, plagues, earthquakes, floods and other catastrophes since its inception.

And while the current string of horrific incidents both human and natural is deeply disturbing, consider 20th century history for comparison.

The First World War began with an act of terrorism and ended with over 16 million dead, but it was merely a precursor to the Second World War, with between 50 and 85 million killed.

That century also saw the Chinese civil war – 8 million killed; the Russian revolution and war – 5-9 million killed; the Korean War – 1.2 million dead; the Vietnam War – 1.3 million killed; and dozens of other bloody conflicts that killed many millions more.

The 20th century also marked the introduction of the atomic bomb, chemical and germ warfare.

And in 1918, the influenza pandemic killed between 50 and 100 million people – three to five per cent of the entire world’s population – one of deadliest natural disasters in human history.

The 20th century also saw the rise of other deadly illnesses: HIV/AIDS, Ebola, avian flu and SARS to name a few.

So are we really at the “End of Days” when one applies some rational perspective to these apocalyptic events that humanity has survived? No, certainly not.

No matter how horrible the loss of life, how cruel the terrorist attacks, how scary the illnesses or how stunning the catastrophes – it’s worth remembering that the world has both seen and survived far worse.


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5 comments:

J MacDuff said...

Gosh, I thought I was the only one who thought D Trump was the Anti-Christ.

Denis Love said...

He may not be the Anti-Christ, but he is a ignorant rich ,women hater snob( just a start of a list

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Tieleman.You is a right on as to the dtrumpf as the anti christ. AS I type the donald is taking music lessons prepare to burn not only USA but whe world.

CrazeeCarl said...

I rarely leave comments on News Websites, but I find your articles very interesting.

Dennis Sandgathe said...

Dear Mr. Tieleman

Re. Christy Clark's cheap shots at Trump".

While I am not a fan of Christy Clark's at all, I take huge issue with your article about her response to Trump's comments and his general behavior. We all have a responsibility to speak up when such reprehensible behavior occurs, regardless of who is responsible for that behavior and who we are. These are not 'cheap shots'. They are the responsible calling to task of people when they behave in a reprehensible way. To suggest that we should ignore such behavior if it might, by chance, hurts us economically is at the root of how and why Trump got elected in the first place. Economics should no trump basic morality! Shame on you.

ps - if this is reflective of the BC NDP's views on such things, perhaps I will have to hold my nose and vote Liberal next election.