Apocalypse Not

Well, I’m still here…. and so are all of you. Or at least most of you.

The dreaded apocalypse didn’t happen. Guess I’d better finish clearing the roads from the gigantic snowfall.

This would be a GOOD time to make some new resolutions.  The heck with waiting for the New Year.

We just got handed a new life!!!

No reason to delay our thanks or our resolve.  To never, ever fall for the crowd insanity that overtakes the world from time to time.

Apocalypse Fail!!!

Or in some cases, all of the time.

You know who I’m talking about. There are people, millions and millions of people who are only living for the “end”. Their goal it seems, is to die.  They believe, earnestly — that this is how they will find real life.

There are also millions and millions of others who just as earnestly believe that they shouldn’t listen to anything that refutes their world view (such as science). The Apocalypse was in fact, one gigantic conspiracy to kill millions.  They don’t want to tell us the secret truth about arrival / impact / passing by of Planet X.  Or the Rapture.  Or space aliens who would whisk away only the faithful.

Anyone who has been around long enough will come to realize that humans do tend to act pretty irrationally.  At times, a LOT of humans will act irrationally in large groups, in a herd-like stampede for the exits.

Yet this never comes to fruition. Nothing feared ever happens.  Desperately then, the absence of proof is grasped at as the evidence that it must be true, and that the blind “cannot see” while the only the “believer” truly can.

This sort of thinking perpetuates the illusions (and fattens the prophets [sic]). Getting grounded in reality is NOT what these groups and leaders want. It’s much easier to control people if you corral them into illusionary belief systems.

This is very common today. I often write about this failure to grasp reality because when billions of humans are literally living on another planet in their minds, they’re actions, taken collectively, are having a GIGANTIC impact upon the rest of us.

Plus, we have to put up with their shit.

If you’ve never been browbeaten to death by the converted, you probably will be someday. Hopefully you’ll learn something from the experience.

I do respect the right of individuals to choose any sort of beliefs and views that they want. But that doesn’t mean we should allow society to become their victims.  The recent closures of towns and mountain tops due to huge influx of “doomers” is a case in point, but it goes much, much farther then that.

Individuals make groups, groups make crowds, crowds make mobs and mobs make problems.  So what if you have millions who believe that the “end is nigh”?  How much of a problem is this?

It’s a pretty serious problem, actually.  Let me pick on another “belief” that is found in the so-called “prepper movement”. Hundreds of thousands of these people, individually believe that they can run off and hide / survive in the wilderness.  Their “Apocalypse” could be anything, financial crash, gun confiscation, martial law, blue helmets “invading”, alien abduction, whatever.

Do you have any idea what kinds of problems this will create for the rest of society (in mere days) should they ever try this? I’ve covered this topic at some length — it will be a disaster for them and for everyone else.  It points out the fallacies of this “belief system”, that is not based upon facts or evidence and instead, has planted a false set of ideas and notions about “how to survive”.

Being a pretty big part in the preparedness community, I thought it was way overdue to point out that this sort of reactionary thinking was doomed to fail in a very, very big way.

Ah hem…. I was also in the ministry for many years, and came across the same type of thinking among the “end timers”, who do not choose to live in the present, but are preparing “for the end”.  Millions of people believe in a “pre-trib” Rapture, and millions believe in “mid-trib” and even “post-trib” (tribulation period) Rapture.  Is this dangerous to society?  What does it mean to have millions of people (hundreds of millions around the world) acting upon this type of belief?

It’s not that hard to figure out.  Anyone who does not believe that they are going to be around “long enough” does not care about what happens to the rest of us.  Or to our society or civilization (they’ve got an answer for that too, we’re going to get our “just desserts”).  They don’t particularly care who gets (s)Elected into office, unless it’s someone who supports their belief system.  They certainly do not care about how much we trash the planet and waste the environmental resources. After all, God gave man the RIGHT to do whatever it was he wanted to the place.

This disconnect leads to many false attitudes, such as “what man does doesn’t really matter“, and “God is in charge“, “all things happen according to God’s will” (which would have to include virtually everything, war, drone strikes, targeted assassinations, rape, torture, murder, crime), and even though “God is not doing these things, but He does allow them to happen“.  If you notice, there is a shift of responsibility and particularly accountability on who is doing what — and who is really responsible for such things.  In other words, yes — humans do evil things, but it is the will of God in the end.

If you’re ever read many of the foreign commentators (Muslim apparently) who also make such comments in a similar vein, this should chill your blood.  There are BILLIONS of people who do not accept human responsibility. Even though there is clear evidence that it is (always) humans doing evil to other humans, they earnestly believe that it is the will of God.

Now you have your “answer” on how serious a problem this is.  They too believe that “the end is nigh”, awaiting, expecting and encouraging anything that will hasten this end to arrive sooner.

What does this mean to the rest of us? It means we live in a dangerously deluded world and can be victimized by these followers (taken advantage of, or even killed, which some consider is their “right”) at any time.

Look around, and what do you see?  Hatred, waves and waves pounding against our shores of pure hatred.  But what about within the country?  It’s really not any different, it’s disguised slightly is all.  There are millions of people in this country who simply cannot want to be taken out of here, absolutely convinced that this is “the answer” for their lives, indeed the very point to their entire existence.  They’re deeply disappointed when it doesn’t happen.

Billions of dollars in profits are being raked in by the organizations and leaders that promote this sort of worldview. I won’t bother to make much of a mention of their corruption, scandals, high living and hypocritical ways, everybody should be well aware of that by now.

Yet despite the complete and total lack of evidence, and the obvious corruption, these beliefs continue to flourish.

I’ve come to view this and many other “escapists” beliefs as being very dangerous for mankind. The only good news I can offer here is humans have had such beliefs for millenniums, for thousand and thousands of years, so we have been able to survive this.  But it has been a VERY turbulent and VIOLENT millennium, which is due in a very large part to such beliefs!

These beliefs then, are not harmless at all.  They’re actually murderous, robbing millions of a real life, and killing hundreds and hundreds of millions more in the past thousand years. If you’ve never studied the Inquisition or the history of wars, including modern ones, you should. Underlying most of them is the belief that the war makers are entirely justified, even authorized by God Himself to engage in brutal acts of wanton slaughter.

It’s still happening.  The Iraq War was no exception, and neither is the war in Afghanistan.  Christians war against Muslim (again and again) and Muslims war against Christians (again and again). In this meat-grinder are your sons and daughters, ordered into battle by deranged and seriously deluded “leaders” who believe they are acting as God’s emissaries on Earth, killing, maiming, bombing and torturing the “infidels” and their bystanders in a millennium of endless bloodletting.

This is their version of Apocalypse Now.  They too believe that they must establish a world through violence for the “chosen” (white, religious, American).  They may not have crowded up on a mountain top yesterday or today, awaiting the end, but they might as well have, demonstrating to the rest of the world just how utterly insane they are.

 

This is an excerpt of a piece contributed by Jonathan of SurvivalAcres.com
Read the entire piece here: http://survivalacres.com/blog/apocalypse-not/

 

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3 Comments on “Apocalypse Not”

  1. December 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Angry much?

  2. Irv
    February 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    [Recently spotted the following piece on the surprising net. Any reaction?]

    Pretrib Rapture Pride

    by Bruce Rockwell

    Pretrib rapture promoters like Thomas Ice give the impression they know more than the early Church Fathers, the Reformers, the greatest Greek New Testament scholars including those who produced the KJV Bible, the founders of their favorite Bible schools, and even their own mentors!
    Ice’s mentor, Dallas Sem. president John Walvoord, couldn’t find anyone holding to pretrib before 1830 – and Walvoord called John Darby and his Brethren followers “the early pretribulationists” (RQ, pp. 160-62). Ice belittles Walvoord and claims that several pre-1830 persons, including “Pseudo-Ephraem” and a “Rev. Morgan Edwards,” taught a pretrib rapture. Even though the first one viewed Antichrist’s arrival as the only “imminent” event, Ice (and Grant Jeffrey) audaciously claim he expected an “imminent” pretrib rapture! And Ice (and John Bray) have covered up Edwards’ historicism which made a pretrib rapture impossible! Google historian Dave MacPherson’s “Deceiving and Being Deceived” for documentation on these and similar historical distortions.
    The same pretrib defenders, when combing ancient books, deviously read “pretrib” into phrases like “before Armageddon,” “before the final conflagration,” and “escape all these things”!
    BTW, the KJV translators’ other writings found in London’s famed British Library (where MacPherson has researched) don’t have even a hint of pretrib rapturism. Is it possible that Ice etc. have found pretrib “proof” in the KJV that its translators never found?
    Pretrib merchandisers like Ice claim that nothing is better pretrib proof than Rev. 3:10. They also cover up “Famous Rapture Watchers” (on Google) which shows how the greatest Greek NT scholars of all time interpreted it.
    Pretrib didn’t flourish in America much before the 1909 Scofield Bible which has pretribby “explanatory notes” in its margins. Not seen in the margins was jailed forger Scofield’s criminal record throughout his life that David Lutzweiler has documented in his recent book “The Praise of Folly” which is available online.
    Biola University’s doctrinal statement says Christ’s return is “premillennial” and “before the Tribulation.” Although universities stand for “academic freedom,” Biola has added these narrow, restrictive phrases – non-essentials the founders purposely didn’t include in their original doctrinal statement when Biola was just a small Bible institute! And other Christian schools have also belittled their founders.
    Ice, BTW, has a “Ph.D” issued by a tiny Texas school that wasn’t authorized to issue degrees! Ice now says that he’s working on another “Ph.D” via the University of Wales in Britain. For light on the degrees of Ice’s scholarliness, Google “Bogus degree scandal prompts calls to wind up University of Wales,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” “be careful in polemics – Peripatetic Learning,” and “Walvoord Melts Ice.” Also Google “Thomas Ice (Hired Gun)” – featured by media luminary Joe Ortiz on his Jan. 30, 2013 “End Times Passover” blog.
    Other fascinating Google articles include “The Unoriginal John Darby,” “X-raying Margaret,” “Edward Irving in Unnerving,” “Pretrib Rapture Politics,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrets,” “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” and “Roots of Warlike Christian Zionism” – most from the author of “The Rapture Plot,” the most accurate documentation on pretrib rapture history.
    Can anyone guess who the last proud pretrib rapture holdout will be?
    (Postscript: For another jolt or two Google “The Background Obama Can’t Cover Up.”)

  3. Irv
    March 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    The Real Morgan Edwards

    by George Wilson

    In 1995, in a 24-page booklet on 18th century pastor Morgan Edwards, evangelist John Bray claimed that Edwards taught a pretrib rapture in his 1788 book titled “Two Academical Exercises….”
    Those echoing Bray include Thomas Ice who wrote “Morgan Edwards: Another Pre-Darby Rapturist.” Edwards’ 1788 work can be found on the internet.
    In order to claim that Edwards held to pretrib, candidates for the I-can-find-pretrib-earlier-in-church-history-than-you-can medal – including Bray, Ice, LaHaye, Frank Marotta etc. – have intentionally covered up Edwards’ “historicism,” his belief that the tribulation had already been going on for hundreds of years. (How can anyone in the tribulation go back in time and look for a pretrib rapture?)
    Here’s proof of Edwards’ historicism and its companion “day-year” theory which can view the 1260 tribulation “days” as “years.”
    On p. 14 Edwards described the Ottoman Empire (which was then already 400 years old) as the Rev. 13:11 “beast.” On p. 20 he defined “Antichrist” as the already 1000-year-old “popery” and the “succession of persons” known as “Popes” – his other Rev. 13 “beast.” He necessarily viewed Rev. 13’s 1260-day period as 1260 literal years in order to provide enough time for his two “beasts.”
    On p. 19, while discussing “the ministry of the witnesses” of Rev. 11, he allotted “about 204 years” for their “years to perform” – years impossible to fit into a 3.5-year period!
    What about Edwards’ rapture? On pp. 21-23 he wrote about “the appearing of the son of man in the clouds, coming to raise the dead saints and change the living, and to catch them up to himself….The signs of Christ’s appearing in the clouds will be extraordinary ‘wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines,’ &. (Matth. xxiv. 6-8.)….The signs of his coming, in the heavens will be ‘the trump of God [I Thess. 4:16], vapor and smoke, which will darken the sun and moon [Matt. 24:29],’…and also cause those meteors called ‘falling stars’….
    Right after his combined rapture/advent (!), Edwards said: “And therefore, now, Antichrist…will…counterfeit the preceding wonders in heaven…causing ‘fire to come down from heaven’….And that godhead he will now assume, after killing the two witnesses….Now the great persecution of the Jews will begin…for time, times, and half a time….”
    Thomas Ice’s article on Edwards (see first par. above) quoted only the first 27 words in the above quotation, ending with “to himself.” This sort of unethical revisionism is constantly employed by many pretrib defenders.
    Not only had most of Edwards’ historicist tribulation occurred before his combined rapture/advent, but his Antichrist kept raging for 3.5 years even after the Matt. 24 signs! No wonder his tutor advised him to correct his thesis!
    To read Edwards’ complete work, Google “[PDF] Two Academical Exercises…www.breadoflifebiblestudy.com.”
    For more info on Edwards, Google “McPherson Page” (click on a reproduction of “Cover-Ups”). Also Google “Deceiving and Being Deceived” by historian Dave MacPherson.

    [Here’s a second web goodie I discovered.]

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