Whether or not you believe in the Bible and the end of the world as described in Revelations, one must be amused at the people who believe they can predict the exact day and time that the world will end. So far, each one has been a complete failure.
The Changing Story
The funniest of all are those who change their story as their predicted end of the world date approaches or passes. They have found a slight miscalculation or new information that reframes the actual end to a date five, ten, or fifteen years into the future.
Yet, there are many people who are not extremists that believe they see signs that the world is ending. This has happened throughout history. Like the predictions from fanatics, these signs have proven not to be actual signs over and over again.
The question is, “Why do people continue to see these signs?” The answer is simple. People are creators of patterns and see patterns everywhere. Where patterns do not exist or are not obvious, people use their creative mind to invent patterns. Therefore, when events happen in the world, it is easy for those focused on the Bible and Revelations in particular to select events from the world that “match” the events described in the Bible verses.
Wars, volcanoes, storms, and more can easily be interpreted to be the signs that are described within the Bible. But are they? And, does it matter?
I am not a Bible expert, but as a thinking person, I have to wonder why one volcano or series of volcanoes would be a sign of the end of times, but another volcano would not. We know that they have been happening throughout time and clearly the world has not ended. However, one website indicates that the end of times started in 1914. They don’t speculate, however, on when the world will actually end. Obviously,
The second question has an obvious answer. No, it does not matter if these events are signs of the end of the world or not. If people see parallels and that somehow changes their life, they are making a choice. Their choice has nothing to do with the actual end of the world. It simply means that something triggered that person to live their life differently. It may make the person’s life better or worse depending on the choices that they made.
If there are signs that the world is ending and we totally ignore them that is okay, too. People can and will find parallels between current events and the end of the world. They will also find parallels between the death of President Kennedy and President Lincoln. Likewise, parallels can be drawn between ancient Rome and the U.S.A. today.
In reality, life is about choices. You can find connections or parallels between ANY two events happening today or at any time in history. The question is, “Are you going to choose to pay attention to those parallels or not?” And, if so, “What life choices are you going to make? Are they going to improve your life and the lives of others?”