I love the smell of napalm in the morning

IT’S Armageddon season again.
A new survey revealed that one third of Americans believe the Syria conflict indicates Armageddon is near.
Meanwhile, a few dozen authors and screenwriters are signing deals to write about the end of the world.
Yep, and it’s a rich time for the conspiracy theorists. Nothing new there; apocalyptic visions are a part of many belief systems and probably most often reflect the preoccupations of a stressed society. But this time the message has a dangerous edge.
At the centre of the doomsday circle are those who argue that a confrontation with Iran is a necessary prerequisite for the second coming of Christ.
Somewhere in this hideous mix of selective fundamentalism is the notion that this world is a mere waiting room, easily discarded, like the heathens who populate it.
The belief that humans are created in the image of a loving God seems to be diminishing. Secular and religious groups sometimes seem to teach that we are not worth much because we are human. Thus, we deserve the plagues and pestilence that are to come.
There seem no limits to this something-dreadful-is-about-to-happen-right-now lunacy.
A lot of the speculation about imminent Armageddon is based on the final Biblical book, Revelation.
Some believe this foretells a world battle from which a new dictator _ the Anti-christ _ will emerge. A global war will follow in which most of the population will die and the surviving believers will be whisked to heaven in a supernatural event called the Rapture.
The Rapture Index, a popular internet barometer that supposedly calculates a rise in natural and man-made disasters, claims it gauges how close we are to the end. Anything above 145 signals the Apocalypse is near. This week, it has been hovering about 187.
Christians and Jews have been on the lookout for the advent of the Antichrist since he was first referred to in the Old Testament.
He was first described by the ancient prophet Daniel, who 2600 years ago wrote of a satanic individual who, in the final days of the planet, would be supreme world dictator for seven years and be known by the numbers 666. He was defined by Daniel as the most evil man that would ever live.
The game to identify the Antichrist has been going on for years. Franklin D. Roosevelt was a candidate. So were the Emperor Nero, Charlemagne, Napoleon, Mussolini, Hitler, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Wilson Reagan (because he had six letters in each of his names), Saddam Hussein and John F. Kennedy (he received 666 votes at one political convention.
There’s certainly evidence that this world will one day end. There are plenty of Biblical prophecies of wars and rumours of war signalling the end times, but we should all stop worrying about dates and times.
Many Christians believe those events could occur soon. Some are obsessed by it.
It is a time when people can be easily misguided.

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24 thoughts on “I love the smell of napalm in the morning

    • “It is a time when people can be easily misguided” Bryan
      “Stupidity is on the rise in our age of enlightenment” Barry Jones
      These are the understatements of the decade.

      Possibly …. in 10,000 or so years the sun will burn the earth up.

      Anything else is nonsense.

      And for the young ones …. Google it.

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    • ‘Yep. Armageddon, bring it on, so we’ll get the Rapture.’
      This is the absolute essence of self interest, not of ‘love thy neighbour’.

      Just horrible.

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  1. In Deuteronomy 13 god himself clearly describes Jesus as the ‘Antichrist’.

    And Revelation 13 (coincidence??) clearly describes Jesus as the Dragon, and christianity as the Beast.

    Who are we to tamper with god’s great (if not very “intelligent!”) design??

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      • Come on now Mon..
        You know better than to shoot the messenger.
        Try reading both refs with an open (ie non-preconditioned) mind.

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      • Perhaps you need better bibles.
        Or spectacles.
        ….or more light (for enlightenment’s sake)??

        I note that in more recent versions of The (absolute and inerrant) Word Of God there have been efforts to rewrite the obvious pitfalls of earlier inerrancies, absolute though though they were.

        In any of the earlier ‘versions’ Rev. 19:4 has it that:-
        eg King James Bible
        “And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.”

        That also applies to my EARLY rendition of the NIV, though later (online) editions refer to the “four beasts” as ‘living creatures’ or ‘animals’.

        The same sort of applications are found in Rev.5:4 and generally scattered throughout.
        The question (one of many) is:- what is The Beast (in all four incarnations) doing gathered at the throne of god ~ apparently having equal status with the OT/Hebrew ( no disciples/other christian spruikers present) ‘Elders’ and joining them in praising god? (Note that they’re also among the most honoured of the guests at the portended ‘marriage feast’.)

        Note further that “the false prophet” (Rev.20:10 – elsewhere) is precisely described as he against whom god warned the jews in Deuteronomy 13.
        The very one who led some ‘Chosen People’ astray from their ONE true god: I AM. (The ‘trinity’ invention is a scam aimed at compatibility.)
        ……..and the very one god condemned to death in Deuteronomy 13.
        My bet would be that’s the exact reference the sanhedrin used to condemn Jesus.
        Perfect justification! —> God told us to do it!

        Happy to go into all that further, time permitting. But I think the key is that the OT does NOT permit a ‘Son of God’, and that the author of Revelation had been a genuine ‘christian’ in all good faith, but had become something of a disappointed backslider after it became evident that Jesus WASN’T returning (in their lifetime: Matthew 16:27-28 elsewhere), and was trying to open a door back to judaism. ie, have two bob each way.

        Read from that perspective (obvious to all but the blindly-conditioned) it all falls into place far more convincingly than any of the far-from-seamless mix-n-match jobs of conventional ‘theology’.

        The many references (in Revelation alone) to the 1000 gross (144000 pure and chaste!) JEWS who’d be saved ~ since their names ALONE had been written into the Book of Life before ‘The Creation’ ~ plainly indicates it’s a jews-only thing, though a bone is thrown to (NT) “others” who’d, apparently, not be cast into the fire, but who also wouldn’t be ‘saved’ ~ instead being allowed to hang around as servants and praise-singers.

        If you need a hand getting better bibles, let me know: I can get ’em wholesale! 😉

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      • Happy to discuss it ~ relying on biblical references alone. (as distinct from ‘theological’ ones.
        Meanwhile, what’s with the ‘awaiting moderation’ thing again??

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  2. In Islam a sign of the anti christ is Syria and Istabul come under rule hostile to Muslims. An army from Syria will march to Saudia Arabia to attack it.

    The bombing of the dam in Syria also brings into play another sign of the end of days.

    “Judgement Day will not happen before the River Euphrates dries up and reveals the ‘Mountain of Gold’ which drives people to fight. 99 out of 100 people will be killed(in the battle), and each of them says, ‘Maybe I’m the only one who will stay alive’.’’ (HR Bukhari).

    http://www.aa.com.tr/en/news/226433–aa

    Also a sign of the end of days.is the lake of Galilee drying up.

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  3. Perhaps you need better bibles.
    Or spectacles.
    ….or more light (for enlightenment’s sake)??

    I note that in more recent versions of The (absolute and inerrant) Word Of God there have been efforts to rewrite the obvious pitfalls of earlier inerrancies, absolute though though they were.

    In any of the earlier ‘versions’ Rev. 19:4 has it that:-
    eg King James Bible
    “And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.”

    That also applies to my EARLY rendition of the NIV, though later (online) editions refer to the “four beasts” as ‘living creatures’ or ‘animals’.

    The same sort of applications are found in Rev.5:4 and generally scattered throughout.
    The question (one of many) is:- what is The Beast (in all four incarnations) doing gathered at the throne of god ~ apparently having equal status with the OT/Hebrew ( no disciples/other christian spruikers present) ‘Elders’ and joining them in praising god? (Note that they’re also among the most honoured of the guests at the portended ‘marriage feast’.)

    Note further that “the false prophet” (Rev.20:10 – elsewhere) is precisely described as he against whom god warned the jews in Deuteronomy 13.
    The very one who led some ‘Chosen People’ astray from their ONE true god: I AM. (The ‘trinity’ invention is a scam aimed at compatibility.)
    ……..and the very one god condemned to death in Deuteronomy 13.
    My bet would be that’s the exact reference the sanhedrin used to condemn Jesus.
    Perfect justification! —> God told us to do it!

    Happy to go into all that further, time permitting. But I think the key is that the OT does NOT permit a ‘Son of God’, and that the author of Revelation had been a genuine ‘christian’ in all good faith, but had become something of a disappointed backslider after it became evident that Jesus WASN’T returning (in their lifetime: Matthew 16:27-28 elsewhere), and was trying to open a door back to judaism. ie, have two bob each way.

    Read from that perspective (obvious to all but the blindly-conditioned) it all falls into place far more convincingly than any of the far-from-seamless mix-n-match jobs of conventional ‘theology’.

    The many references (in Revelation alone) to the 1000 gross (144000 pure and chaste!) JEWS who’d be saved ~ since their names ALONE had been written into the Book of Life before ‘The Creation’ ~ plainly indicates it’s a jews-only thing, though a bone is thrown to (NT) “others” who’d, apparently, not be cast into the fire, but who also wouldn’t be ‘saved’ ~ instead being allowed to hang around as servants and praise-singers.

    If you need a hand getting better bibles, let me know: I can get ‘em wholesale! 😉

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      • But I note you’re back to two-stepping, answer-avoiding tango.

        What do YOU make of:-
        13 “The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.” ?

        eg. What does ‘the sea’ signify if not the baptismal waters?
        And do not the heads/horns adequately describe the pre-protestant churches, and the ‘crowns’ the headgear of the various church rulers. (eg the papal mitre)?

        “The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.”
        ….and who but Jesus could give the christian churches their ‘great authority’?

        “5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies”
        Is this not what the expanding christianity did ACCORDING TO JUDAISM

        “…..and to exercise its authority for forty-two months.”
        (or just about exactly the length of Jesus’ ministry)

        I’d be interested in hearing and reasoned alternative.

        But, at the end of the day, you’d need to explain the (FOUR manifestations) of the ‘beasts’ ( clearly symbolic of Jesus’ four appearances) worshiping at at the throne of god along with the jewish VIPs, and obviously carrying far more status than the riff-raff waiting outside.

        After that we can take a closer look at Deuteronomy 13.
        I’d be interested to hear your take on who the False Prophet COULD be OTHER than Jesus.

        …and, as you suggest, let’s leave the ‘theologians’ / apologists out of it. 😉

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      • I knew that!
        ….there seems to be a lot of it going around these days.
        Is there more shit flying or just (hopefully) a growing sensibility?
        Take care. Save some for another day.

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    • One suspects every ‘sensible’ entity ‘obsesses’ a bit over death.
      I used to reckon:- the dead aren’t worrying about it; so it’s only the mourners who are taking it personally, and ‘obsessing’ over their own vulnerability.
      But it may be more than that. One of the ‘instincts’ referred to from time to time appears to relate death to the pointless waste of a ‘component of the universe’ in a universe which ~ though it may have no purpose ~ doesn’t allow ‘waste’ in principle.

      I hate getting old enough to obsess over such intangibles! 😉

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