The End Of The World

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                                                                     THE END OF THE WORLD

                                                                 (or the second coming of Christ)

         Please don’t be alarmed, I am not about to go out on the proverbial limb with a prognostication about our apocalyptic destruction! Still, it is extremely fascinating (for me anyway) to go back and look at the considerable number of times this has been attempted with the obvious unsuccessful fulfillment.

         The list of prognosticators is quite impressive also, they include astrologers, mathematicians, Priests, Rabbis, explorers, Monarchist, and we can’t forget the self-proclaimed cave dwelling prophet.

         Best known for his scientific thought Sir Isaac Newton was also big into apocalyptic prophecy. Largely unknown and unpublished documents, evidently written by Isaac Newton, indicating that he believes the world could end in 2060AD. This future date will undoubtedly reveal whether he will also be revered as a true forecaster of the future, or a charlatan in which category I think most of these diviners fall.

          The one future date that is looked for by most Christians today is of course “The Rapture”, and is the most easily traced back to it’s origin. An essay published in 1788 in Philadelphia by the Baptist Morgan Edwards articulated the concept of a pre-tribulation rapture and popularized in the 1830s by John Nelson Darby. Today we have the extremely popular “Left Behind” series of 16 novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

           Astounding to me is these same Christians seem to overlook the proclamation of Matthew 24:36. “But of that day and hour no man knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the son, but the Father alone”. These words from Jesus himself can’t seem to stop these predictors of the future from trying to convince others that they have been given some special insight into his return.

          The following are the ones I find most interesting.

           Christopher Columbus— Columbus claimed that the world was created in 5343 BCE, and would last 7000 years. Assuming no year zero, that means the end would come in 1658.

           Shakers— Predicted the world would end in both 1792 and 1794.

           Christopher Love— This Presbyterian minister predicted the destruction of the world by earthquake in 1805,

            (my favorite) Mary Bateman— In Leeds England in 1806 a hen began laying eggs on which the phrase "Christ is coming" was written. Eventually it was discovered to be a hoax. The owner, Mary Bateman, had written on the eggs in a corrosive ink so as to etch the eggs, and reinserted the eggs back into the hen's oviduct.

            Mother Shipton (aka) Ursula Southeil— This 15th-century cave dwelling prophet was quoted as saying "The world to an end shall come, In eighteen hundred and eighty one" in a book published in 1862. In 1873 it was revealed to be a forgery; however, this did not stop some people from expecting the end.

             Margaret Rowen— Feb.13, 1925, According to this Seventh-day Adventist the angel Gabriel appeared before her in a vision and told her that the world would end at midnight on this date.

             Leland Jensen— Jensen predicted that Halley's Comet would be pulled into Earth's orbit on April 29, 1987, causing widespread destruction.

              Louis Farrakhan— The leader of the Nation of Islam declared that the Gulf War would be the " War of Armageddon which is the final war."

              Grigori Rasputin— Rasputin prophesied August 23, 2013, a storm where fire would eat all life on land and Jesus Christ would come back to Earth to comfort those in distress.

              I think you get my point!
              This from the Urantia Book says it all for me!

              176:2.5 “But the times of the reappearing of the Son of Man are known only in the councils of Paradise; not even the angels of heaven know when this will occur. However, you should understand that, when this gospel of the kingdom shall have been proclaimed to all the world for the salvation of all peoples, and when the fullness of the age has come to pass, the Father will send you another dispensational bestowal, or else the Son of Man will return to adjudge the age. 

     Rickey H. Crosby   (Petitor Veritatis)