An article explaining what are the "End of Days," when will it occur, what precipitates it, and what happens afterwards.
By Cristo Rey
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What are the "End of Days"? When will it occur? What precipitates it? and, What happens afterwards?
The purpose of this article is to attempt to answer these questions by a consideration of the biblical, historical, sociological, and scientific considerations of this subject.
What are the "End of Days"?
Historically, "The End of the World" is an idea which has not been in the exclusive domain of Religion, but it has particularly been the Religious (mostly Christian) idea of the "End of Days" which has captured the imagination of Mankind about this subject (Are These the Last Days?).
Every Human generation from the beginning of Civilization has both feared and gleefully expected an "End" to the World as we know it. Those who feared it, did, and do so from the standpoint of the prospect of losing whatever comfortable and secure situation they enjoy in their current status quo in Civilization. In contrast, those who have, and do expect it with glee, do so from the standpoint of a dissatisfaction with their status quo in whatever Civilization they found themselves in . . . Then there are a fringe element which derive vicarious emotional and psychological pleasure in such "eschatological" situations (the contemplation of the end of things), with a mixture of both, fear and glee.
It is the educated opinion of this author that Human eschatological thought started from two sources: One, the early instinctive observations of early Modern Man that "whatever has a beginning, will have an end," incited by the changes in the seasons, the birth and death of their contemporaries, and whatever other situations which had a beginning and an end within their lifetimes. And, second, and more specifically relevant to the Judeo-Christian religious tradition, the observations of early Bedouin desert nomads of the beginning and end of the earliest attempt at the establishment of a Civilization in this Earth Age . . . ours, in particular, the building of the Mesopotamian city of Babylon.
Biblical proof for this opinion is provided in the Book of Revelation Chapter 16, where Jesus the Christ's prophesied the Fall of our present Civilization at the end of this Earth Age as bringing to God's mind the Fall of Babylon . . .
Notice that the first part of this passage refers to the "cities of the nations" falling, not a single city, but ALL of the cities of ALL of the nations of the World, meaning the Civilization of this Earth Age, ours, and the manner of their fall "brings in remembrance before God" the Fall of the ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon . . .
That is, a future prophesied event, the Fall of the Civilization of this Earth Age, ours, reminds God, as an observer, of the Fall of the first or prototype City (Babylon) which became the birth of the Civilization of this Earth Age, ours . . .
The ONLY recording witnesses to these events (the birth of Babylon and its later Fall), would have had to have been Bedouin nomads, who not being citizens of Babylon, nor living within its borders, watched from a distance, with keen interest these developments.
The reasons for their special interest must have been due to these facts:
Besides its dubious distinction as the city of the "Tower," (Gen 11:4) Babel (Gen 11:9) ("Gate of God") or "Babylon" was in a real sense the first or "Prototype" city built by Modern Man, approximately 6,000 years ago. That is to say, Babylon becomes the defining concept for "The City" of Modern Man, and this concept becomes historically synonymous and intertwined with the beginnings of "Civilization," ours, a Civilization in rebellious existence relative to the Expressed Will of God (Gen 11:1-9).
"And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east,
that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick,
and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone,
and slime had they for mortar.
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower,
whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name,
lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower,
which the children of men builded.
And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one,
and they have all one language; and this they begin to do:
and now nothing will be restrained from them,
which they have imagined to do.
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language,
that they may not understand one another's speech.
So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence
upon the face of all the earth:
and they left off to build the city.
Therefore is the name of it called Babel;
because the LORD did there confound the language
of all the earth and from thence did the LORD
scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth." (Gen:11:1-9:)
The city of Babylon was founded by Nimrod, the great-grandson of Noah (Gen 10:8-10) (Noah's son Ham begat Cush, and Cush begat Nimrod (Gen 11:4), around 6,000-years ago, in the Land of Shinar, in a plain between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates, at a site near the original Garden of Eden. The actual location of the original Garden of Eden is now under the waters of the Persian Gulf, between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula, presumably having been inundated during the Flood of Noah's era (See Has the Garden of Eden been located at last?).
Nimrod's vision was to provide a safe route,The Eastern Trade Route (Wikipedia: Trade Route) for the trade between the Asian and Indian continents and the African and European markets, by shortening the distance for it, and guaranteeing its safe passage to its destination in the emerging African and European markets.
He wished to strategically locate it in a specific geographical region, in the Land of Shinar, in a plain between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates. Just a little south of this location, the two rivers fuse to form a common channel, the Shatt-al-Arab which then flows into the Persian Gulf. As this channel was or could be widened to be navigable, ships carrying goods from the Indian and Asian continents could dock right at Babylon, the city then guaranteeing the safety of their cargo and trade. The goods could then be sent by caravans, protected by military guards, to points along the Mediterranean south coast (Lebanon, Israel, and Egypt) to be shipped across the Mediterranean Sea to the European continent, or taken through Palestine into the North African continent to be shipped directly to the Western Roman provinces in what are today Spain, France, and Britain.
This was a bold and imaginative move on Nimrod's part, and for nearly 2,000 years Babylon was the central hub of the "Eastern Trade Route" in the Middle East.
Movement of goods for trading over the Sahara and other Middle Eastern deserts was a very dangerous proposition, as hijacking of such cargo was a common occurrence anywhere along the then unprotected roadless expanses of sandy desert.
City of Babylon
(From: Babilonia: History of Babilonia)
Map of Ancient Trade Routes from Mesopotamia
(From: Bible History: Map of Ancient Trade Routes from Mesopotamia)
Up to that time during the human pre-historical period, the largest human settlement consisted of a maximum of 15,000 inhabitants . . . but eventually Babylon grew to a formidable size of approximately 200,000 inhabitants!!! With its formidable city walls, palaces, and the infamous tower (Tower of Babel), Babylon can indisputably be considered the very beginnings of the present Modern Civilization, equated with its large cities (City States at first, and the Capital and other important large cities of modern nations at present).
Eventually Babylon lost its geographic economic advantage in these matters with the opening of the Western Trade Route (Wikipedia: Trade Route) in Egypt . . . And Babylon began its descent into its eventual Fall in 500 BC, following its almost complete destruction in 689 BC by the Assyrians.
In a very real sense, the historical Civilization established and maintained by Modern Man as the City of Babylon has represented, and continues to represent, the expression of Man's obstinate intentions not to settle for a "natural" life based on the care extended to them by God through His implementing agency for their care, "Nature."
Babylon then stands as the "Prototype" or the first workable model of Modern Man's obstinate intentions to organize themselves so as to provide for themselves a more predictable and reliable source of food, shelter, security, wealth, happiness, health, comfort, pleasure, and entertainment than they perceived was provided by "Nature," God's implementing agency for their care. Indeed, unlike his less conscious predecessors, the Ape-men and pre-Moderns, Modern Man is the first to conceptualize of the "Natural" Environment or Biosphere of Earth as a "hostile environment," or "dangerous jungle" out there.
Curiously, the members of the current Humanity (Mankind) are still the reluctant, and largely unaware participants in this obstinate experiment with its unrealizable expected results . . .
And despite the many appearances to the contrary, the obstinate experiment is failing fast!!! . . .
In effect, the ancient Babylon was not just the "prototype" city, but a microcosm and symbol of the Civilization characteristic of the current Earth Age, ours.
In effect, God through the Prophet Isaiah informed us that He was in forceful opposition to the construction of "cities" in which house touched house, since by the experience of living in such close proximity to their neighbors, the people would be likely to become jealous of the properties of their neighbors (covetousness), commit adultery with the spouse of their neighbors, commit theft of their neighbor's properties, increase in interpersonal struggles, violence and murders, and would be influenced to acquire the worship of the gods of their neighbors. In summary, to be incited to the violation of ALL of the Ten Commandments, and all other evils, by means of the intimacy of that way of living.
The Fall of Babylon is in effect the main focus of the events described in the Book of Revelation, that is to say, the entire Revelation concerns, not the Beast (666) which is but a minor character in the Revelation, but the Fall of Babylon The Great. This is the reason that much more time and space is devoted to the destruction or falling of Babylon, and the Beast (666) and its False Prophet are quickly disposed of without sharing with us the specific details.
In a very real sense the Book of Revelation or prediction by Jesus the Christ in the New Testament of the Bible concerned mainly or had at its focus The Fall of Babylon, to describe the prophesied Fall of our Civilization. The creation of our Civilization by Modern Man represents a misconception or deadly concept, and the disastrous results would not be recognized or discovered for 6,000 years. Some of our conceptual errors are not recognized as a disaster for a long time.
Although the so-called Beast of Revelation (666) has held Humanity's fascination over the centuries, it is but a minor character in the play, an important character but a minor one nevertheless. As decoded, the Beast (666) sustains or carries Babylon the Great (that is to say, finances it), and without the Beast (666) to sustain her financially, Babylon falls. That is the only reason for attention being paid to the Beast (666) in the predictions, as the Beast (666) is the one "who letteth" and who will be taken "out of the way:"
The founding of the city of Babylon by Nimrod was an act motivated by a "Declaration of Independence" from God's already Expressed Wishes for them to remain scattered upon the Earth's countryside (Gen 11:1-9); In essence declaring that from then on, "they would take care of themselves better than Nature could," Nature being the agency created by God for their creation and care.
Babylon historically then variously becomes a city devoted, to first, an import-export center for trade between the Asian, Indian, African, and European Continents; Then, a center for the pursuit of materialism, luxuries, and sensual pleasures; Then, as the military stronghold of the first regional Empire, the Babylonian Empire; Then, finally, as a center of astrological, mystical and occult arts.
Notice that in this passage it is stated that it is "the cities" (plural) of the nations which fall, and that this spectacle is what brings the fall of the original Babylon to God's memory. Thus it is the fall of the cities of the current Civilization which is being described in Chapter 18, but from the standpoint of their fall being presented as identical or similar to the fall of the original Babylon, the prototype for the current Civilization in God's mind.
The fall of the current Civilization is then analogized to the fall of the original Babylon, the symbolic beginning of the current Civilization, ours. The passage also reveals that the fall of the current Civilization is not brought on by God, God is only a witness or observer of the fall . . .
According to the prediction in the Book of Revelation, "Babylon" (our civilization) is not destroyed by human hands, nor by the Hand of God . . . it just falls . . .
"Babylon" in the Book of Revelation, then, stands for the Civilization characteristic of this Earth Age, and for us, the current Civilization which is the lingering obstinate descendant of the one started in the original ancient Mesopotamian city of Babel . . .
The readers are encouraged to read by themselves the detailed descriptions of the Fall in Chapter 18 of the Book of Revelation, for a view of what is lost and why in the Fall of "Babylon" (our civilization).
The violence depicted is predicted as being due to the breakdown of law and order accompanying the Fall. The "one hour" duration of the Fall is not to be taken literally but allegorically and figuratively, and is used to impress upon us the precipitous and speedy nature of the Fall. And the totally unexpected nature of the Fall is underscored by the allegorical depiction of companies in ships, and of sailors, who stand far off not being able to deliver any goods because of the ensuing violence precipitated by the Fall.
Again, ONLY Bedouin nomads in the desert surrounding Babylon would have provided the known world then of the entire saga of Babylon, and that encompasses its birth and the manner of its eventual Fall. They must have become aware of the justifications for its founding, and followed its further developments, culminating in witnessing its Fall.
The author, however, in decoding the other parts of the Revelation has been able to partially causally link the Fall to two events:
One, the very disastrous and nearly terminal environmental disasters soon to be brought about by Mankind's industrial pollution (Global Warming, Destruction of the Ozone Layer causing the extinction of the White "race," and the pollution of all the World's waters), ALL caused by the pollution brought by its obstinate use of fossil fuels in industry and transportation.
The second, and most immediate cause of the Fall is due to the financial bankruptcy of the Beast (666) and of its False Prophet, meaning the global collapse of the World's Economy.
As decoded, the Beast (666) sustains or carries (finances) Babylon the Great (our current Civilization), and without the Beast (666) able to sustain (finance) her any longer, Babylon falls . . .
When will it occur?
As to the specific date and time for the fulfillment of the explicit details of the Fall of our Civilization depicted in the Book of Revelation, the reader is reminded that as these events are event-dependent events, and as a result no specific date and time is given in the Revelation, and none could be responsibly nor reliably offered by this author (By the Way, About the Book of Revelation . . .).
For example, anyone could make the prediction that you will buy and own your own house, however, that is an event-dependent event, and its precise date of fulfillment cannot be offered, as such an event (buying of the house) is dependent on other events, such as your obtaining of the necessary funds for the downpayment and the securing of a bank mortgage. If knowing your strong desires to own a house, the prediction WILL UNAVOIDABLY COME TRUE. The only contingencies (unpredictable events) which could derail the fulfillment of such predictions would be natural phenomena, that is to say, by the Hand and Will of God.
What precipitates it?
Recent world events, involving political upheavals in almost every nation on Earth: The worsening of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the "Arab Spring" virtual revolutions, the potential for a war involving Israel, the USA, and Iran over the possible development of a nuclear weapons capability by Iran, the increasing violence employed by Islamic extremists in practically every nation in the Middle East, Pakistan, India, the Far East nations, and Africa, and the increasing tendency for common citizens to resort to frequently violent massive demonstrations under their desperation due to the lack of redress of grievances by governments in Russia, Europe (Greece), Israel, Africa, China, and the USA . . . ALL point to a predictable worsening of common citizen violence akin to that described in the Book of Revelation in its prophesy of the Fall of our Civilization.
It is the author's educated guess that a total global breakdown in law and order could occur in the next 40 years, on or about the year 2050 (Why the ANGER Phase of Humanity is Coming).
The expected worsening of the environmental and political problems the world faces, that is the Global Warming, the destruction of the Ozone Layer causing the extinction of the White "race," the pollution of all the world's bodies of water, the increasing frequency of antibiotic-resistant plagues, the worsening global economic situation, the civil-war-like posturing of the political parties in the USA and elsewhere, are assigned an identical time frame by this author . . .
Given that all "Four of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (Rv 6:2-9), War, Economic collapse, Plagues, and Street Crime, seemingly have synchronized their stride . . . the approaching year 2050 should be viewed with great concern (Why the ANGER Phase of Humanity is Coming) . . .
the Four Horsemen might ALL arrive at the goalpost at the same time . . .
Only a few people in the world will be able to survive after this global suicide,
and those will be the people who are deeply rooted in consciousness: alert, aware,
loving, and ready to disconnect themselves with the past completely and unconditionally,
and ready to begin the New Man and the new humanity with the freshness of a child.
Their only hope is a self-realized being. It is too late to do anything to prevent
the immense destruction that is going to happen. If we can protect only a few genuine
human beings, that will be enough, more than enough. The past of humanity has been completely
accidental; they have been doing things without knowing the consequences.
Now we are suffering the consequences, and there is no way to change those consequences.
(From: Osho Quotes and Stories, 1988)
What happens afterwards?
The author is in identical spiritual expectation that our Lord Jesus the Christ will make His Second Advent, shortly before or after these expected events. The readers are encouraged to read this author's article By the way, about The New Earth . . . concerning the aftermath of these events . . .
Food for thought
"For the vision is yet for an appointed time,
but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:
though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come,
it will not tarry" (Hab 2:3)
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