Lately I have been reading a lot of commentary on the turmoil in the world – from a nature that is more powerful than humanity – from human nature that often draws us to the dark side – from our political nature than generates more conflict than unity in humanity. Here are some things I have seen on the web. – Steve
“We have much to be judged on when he comes, slums and battlefields and insane asylums, but these are the symptoms of our illness and the result of our failures in love.” – Madeleine L’Engle
from one of my favorite blogs LeaderFocus …
End of Days
by Kenneth E Kemp
Monday, March 14, 2011
My Amtrak train slowed to a stop about forty-five minutes outside Bakersfield. Outside, lights flashed. Emergency vehicles from the fire and police departments, paramedic units all gathered on a side road in the open country just after sunset. The conductor’s voice came up on the intercom with the explanation. Our southbound train would pick up both the passengers and railcars of the northbound train. We would haul them all back to Bakersfield, where they started. Apparently, the engine pulling that train picked up some sort of heavy metal object on the track punching a gaping hole in the side tank, which resulted in a steady spray of diesel fuel over the tracks for several miles before the engineer realized the problem. “Thank you for not smoking,” one of the passengers joked.
Our mission meant delay. Everyone was good-natured. I finally arrived at my destination – Anaheim – at about 1:15AM that morning. I started up my car, and punched up AM radio for the quick trip home. It’s been years since I listened to late night radio. I soon found out what I have been missing – I got an eye-opening look into the world of conversation that heats up out there while I am generally asleep. It was a full-on discussion of the End Of Days. It was not exclusively the Hal Lindsey Late Great Planet Earth conversation, although the Bible got honorable mention, particularly the Book of Revelation. It was mainly the Mayan calendar and the predictions swirling around the year 2012. Earthquakes. Paralyzing storms. Changing weather patterns. Drought. Floods. Hurricanes. Food shortages. War. Tornadoes. Economic collapse. Depletion of natural resources. Overpopulation. Political turmoil. Civil unrest. Runaway inflation. Global conspiracies. Religious fanaticism. The End of Days. It was a lively conversation. The host taking the calls tossed as much fuel on the fire as the leaky diesel engine did a few hours earlier. The only difference is that the talk show fuel was lit.
And that was a few weeks ago. Before the massive Japan quake.
The Haiti quake staggered our imaginations. Now, the Tokyo quake expands our concept of catastrophe even further. The proliferation of video cams captured sweeping images that heretofore were seen only by eyewitnesses. Without those videos, we are simply left to imagine the incredible forces that caused the astonishing destruction, leaving crunched cars and trucks and boats and trains scattered in the accumulated debris of wood and steel and desks and file cabinets and torn furniture turning an open field into an instant watery landfill. Now, thanks to YouTube, we watch the buildings sway, the cracks open, the falling ceilings, the crashing shelves, the dancing power poles; the wires snap and crackle and spark, the people wide-eyed in stunned disbelief running for cover, the dust clouds form. And then as an encore to calamity, the tsunami appears. Momentarily, it causes the shoreline to recede. This is only a prelude to the sweeping current that rolls in a powerful vengeance that picks up tall ships as though they are bathtub toys and gathers them along with the sailing and fishing vessels and speedboats up and over the seawalls smashing them against the ocean view restaurants and hotels and apartment buildings knocking them off their foundations, clearing the parking lots of their cars and motorcycles rolling the whole tangled mess inland up and down the coast. For most of us, most of the time, the ocean view is peaceful. The great expanse seems benign. Breezy. Calm. But this tsunami released unimaginable force. And the cameras caught it. We watch in horror and amazement. We grieve for the victims.
But the terror does not end with the stillness of the earth or the settling of the great waters. We now stand by as Japanese engineers frantically work to cool down three nuclear reactors. A third horror, after earthquake and tsunami, hangs suspended over the people of Japan like a mushroom cloud: nuclear meltdown. The radiation leaks. These folks are not unaware. The devastating effect of nuclear radiation lingers in the collective memory of the people of Japan like a ghastly nightmare.
So we pray. We give. Some of us go.
And on late night radio, chatter over the End of Days only intensifies.
Copyright Kenneth E Kemp 2010
from an apologetics blog I read regularly called THE POACHED EGG
Is Jesus Christ Coming Back on May 21, 2011?
by Arthur Khachatryan
If you’ve seen the billboards around town headlined with, “We Can Know…” or “Save the Date…” with a statement, “Return of Christ May 21, 2011,” you’ve probably been a little puzzled. What is this? Is this serious? Does the Bible really say Jesus Christ is coming back to judge the world on May 21, 2011? If you ask the organizer of this movement, Harold Camping, you will hear him say it is a certainty. Where does he get this information? Has he gleaned it from some supernatural experience? Has God told him personally? Does the Bible say this?
First, let’s see what Harold Camping got right. The Bible does communicate that Christ will come back to judge the world. OK, we’re done. This is the extent of what is true in this sensationalistic phenomenon. But Camping is no stranger to failed predictions. He claimed the same failed prediction for September 6, 1994 in his book titled 1994. After the failure he simply claimed that he had done the math wrong. And what was this math that supposedly gave him this insight? He took the 2,000 pigs from Mark 5:13 that have absolutely nothing to do with years, and supposes them to represent years, then added 2,000 years to Christ’s birth, which he believes to be 7 BC and he came up with 1994. With regard to where we are now, we have the world ending and Christ coming back in 2011, 2012, 2014 as postulated by various false prophets.
With regard to the current, and soon to be failed prediction, Camping points us to 2 Peter 3 as the passage that allows us to see that 2011 is the year of Christ’s coming. Now, the passage reads, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” He takes the passage horribly out of context, then uses what he claims is a date that he knows is when the flood of Noah occurred, 4990 BC. How he comes up with that date is beyond me. No one really knows when the flood occurred, and it is far more likely that it indeed occurred well before that…
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Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, “Grant me justice against my opponent.” For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, “Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.” ’ And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?’
– Luke 18:1-8