The Bible and Armageddon
Many people believe the most relevant book in the Bible about the apocalypse is the Book of Revelation. This book includes the visions of John that he receives from God, and is rich in symbolism. Because of the symbolism, it has been interpreted in different ways.
Biblical scholars generally agree that the Bible says there will be an emergence of false prophets who will claim they can save the world, and the last antichrist will rise up. The people of the Earth will suffer from disasters, both natural, and manmade. The antichrist and false prophets will gain control of the Earth until Jesus Christ returns and fights them in a battle called Armageddon. However, Jesus Christ will prevail, and for a millennium, there will be peace upon the earth. After the millennium, Satan will rise again and battle Christ, then will be banished forever. The kingdom of God will reign thereafter.
Of course, the Bible never gives a date for these troubled times. But with all the hype of December 21, 2012, some have attached the apocalypse to this date.
Are These Ten Signs of the End of Times?
There are several items that people believe point to the end of the world:
1. Abandonment of faith: In the search for truth, people turn to cults, follow false leaders, and even turn to tarot cards, psychics, astrology, and numerology. This deception is changing the religious landscape.
2. Increasing perversion: Lyrics in music, shows on television, movies, the Internet, and magazines are contributing to an increase in lust, fornication, homosexuality, adultery, incest, rape, and child pornography.
3. No ethical and moral values: There is a shift toward intolerance, hatred, cheating, lying, and general dishonesty.
4. Changing science and technology: Knowledge is increasing, technology is advancing, new inventions may be more harmful than good, and some inventions are created to cause damage. People are much more dependent on technology, but if it malfunctions, what could happen?
5. Economic collapse: People are losing jobs and homes, countries are in debt, there is recession and economies all over the world are struggling.
6. Increasingly hostile nations: There are wars and conflicts all over the planet, and nuclear weapons are available to more countries now. There is terrorism, both foreign and domestic, in every nation. Peace treaties are made and broken.
7. Failing ecosystems: Humans have not been good to the Earth. With large cities, more pollutants, a failing ozone system, global warming, deforestation, oil spills, a changing climate, and less open space, it is questionable how long the global environment can sustain humanity.
8. Disease: The Bible talks about famines and pestilence. We know that there are people starving all over the world, and people who are ravaged by disease. There are diseases for which there is no known cure, such as Mad Cow and AIDS, and other diseases whose cures are no longer effective. There could be new disease, like swine flu, that becomes a deadly pandemic.
9. Violence: There has been a rise in crime worldwide. We hear about random acts of violence, children killing children, employees killing employees, more theft, assaults, and sex crimes. We may be horrified by this increasing wickedness, but brush it off and forget about it because we have our own concerns to deal with.
10. Natural disasters: The United States Geologic Society estimates there are over one million earthquakes each year, but we don’t hear about most of them since only significant quakes are recorded. There is also talk about Yellowstone, one of the many supervolcanoes, erupting. In 2012, there have also been devastating avalanches, cyclones, droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, and wildfires.
Is the world falling into catastrophic chaos? Some will say “yes”, while others believe that we are only in a troubled time, life will continue, and we will emerge from this as we have emerged from other troubled times.