The Apocalypse – who needs it? – 1

March 17, 2011 at 7:15 am Leave a comment

It’s something no sane person

should want to see

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Can it really be that the dreadful visions prophesied in the Scriptures are indeed being played out? Are we reaching a point when only Divine intervention will redeem humanity, or as Scripture predicts – only a limited number of deserving souls will survive Armageddon?
Despite all the wonderful advances that humanity has made in every field in the last few hundred years, a rosy future, or indeed any future, is not a foregone conclusion. Pollution now affects every part of our world, reaching the depths of our oceans and beyond the stratosphere. Also, whether caused by humanity or not, there have been drastic climatic changes in the last decade, manifest in the form of deadly heat waves and cold spells, typhoons and flooding of unprecedented fury, as well as droughts longer than any in living memory and widening desertification. If all this is not enough cause for alarm, a large part of humanity is still ruled by totalitarian dictatorships, some of which rigorously promote religious bigotry, hatred and an end to most of the liberties that have so desperately been fought for in the last few hundred years. Also, wars continue to rage in many parts of the world and there is a distinct threat of nuclear proliferation among people for whom mutually assured destruction is no deterrent.
Divine intervention – if it is a realistic expectation – while yearned for by millions of devout adherents of various religious denominations, is something that any thinking person should not want to see. In Christianity, divine intervention supposes something absolutely dreadful – an apocalyptic replay of the worst scenes of devastation of the Second World War, multiplied many times over. It’s the End of Days, powerfully described in the Book of Revelations in the New Testament, and presaged in the Gospels of Matthew (King James Version) 24:15-22, Mark 13:14-20 and Luke 21:20-33 in connection with destruction of Jerusalem, preceding the general destruction that will herald the Advent of Jesus.
In Judaism, the end of the world is alluded to in a number of biblical and talmudical texts, wherein tumultuous events will lead to a new order in which God is universally recognized as the ruler over everyone and everything. According to Jewish tradition, the end of the world will come with the great battle involving Gog and Magog, who will attack Israel. This is the terrible battle referred to as Armageddon, in which God, according to the Bible, will totally prevail and bring about the end of all evil.
The word Armageddon is derived from the Hebrew place name, Har Meggido (Mount Megiddo), which is located 40 kilometers south-west of the Sea of Galilee. It was the location of a number of decisive battles in ancient times, and is the site predicted in the Bible of a future, epic battle between the forces of good and evil. In modern usage the term has become synonymous with any cataclysmic event. Hence the eponymous title of this book.
Islam too, has parallel scenarios. Redemption is believed to be at hand once the Muslim redeemer, the Mahdi appears, expected at a dreadful time when the world will be wracked in unprecedented slaughter and destruction. That’s quite possibly why Iran’s President Ahmedinijad is so full of smiles as he baits the democracies of the world, daring the Western Powers to try and stop him, while he gets closer to acquiring nuclear weaponry. The obliteration of Israel is frequently affirmed, directly or indirectly, in his predictions, so often accompanied by a happy smile. Apocalyptic prophesy, it seems, might not be such a far-fetched proposition. And it delights many people that they can play a role in its fulfillment.
Interestingly, eschatology, the study of mythological and religious writings about a future globally cataclysmic time, can be traced back to the earliest days of civilization. The concept of the end of the world appears in diverse cultures and religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism and Nordic mythology. Among the native peoples of North and Central America, similar beliefs were held.
Even the hardened skeptic cannot ignore the correlation between biblical prophesy and many of the events that have taken place in the last eighty years, such as the “ingathering of the exiles” alluded to in the Books of Jeremiah 29:14; 31:8; Isaiah 11:12; 27:13; 56:8; 66:20; Ezekiel 11:17; 20:34; 37:21 and elsewhere. Perhaps these predictions referred to the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel from Babylonian captivity, although that return was clearly not from “the four corners (or furthest extremities) of the earth” as prophesied, and as the modern return to Israel has indeed been, with people coming from every continent. Another prophesy by Isaiah (35:1) “the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose,” seems to have materialized by the Jews who began growing all kinds of fruits, vegetables and flowers in areas of the Land of Israel that for almost two thousand years had deteriorated into arid wasteland and malaria-infested swamps. Even in the more arid Arava and Negev deserts, thriving agricultural settlements appeared, which drew the astonishment of agronomists from all over the world.
Another event that can arguably be associated with prophesy, brings to mind Isaiah 40:31, which says, “They will soar on wings like eagles.” This too can refer to the ingathering of the exiles. But it could have a far more specific and dramatic application. As a result of the Arab-Israel War of 1947-9, Jews living throughout the Arab world were attacked by angry mobs and threatened by many of the governments. From Morocco on the Atlantic Ocean, to Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula in the east, Jews needed either to lay low or to flee for their lives. A particularly spectacular rescue mission took place following the war, when almost 50,000 Jews from Yemen, Aden, Djibouti and Eritrea were secretly flown in 380 flights from Aden to Israel. What made it even more dramatic was the fact that very few of these Jews, living in countries where camel and donkey still provided the main forms of transport, had never seen an airplane in their lives. Devout folks all, it was natural for them to see the strange flying objects descending from the sky as huge, metallic eagles that had arrived to return them to safety in the Land of Israel, as Isaiah had prophesied 2,500 years earlier.
The most sobering prophesy – at least for the writer living in Israel – observing how the increasing isolation of my country in the face of impossible odds, tallies with numerous biblical references such as: “I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle …” (Zecharia 14.2)
Also the dreadful passages referring to Gog and Magog in the Book of Ezekiel (Chapters 38 and 39), involving a confederacy of nations, does not seem so far-fetched when witnessing the present-day knee-jerk antagonism towards Israel by over half the nations in the world – those comprising the 22 members of the Arab League and over 35 Muslim states, in addition to a large number of the developing countries, as well as Russia and the Communist regimes.
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