WHY ARE WE SO OBSESSED WITH
THE END OF THE WORLD?
A friend lent me her book on the Four Blood Moons.
She wanted me to read it, so I did. It made my teeth throb, but I did.
Echoes of Harold Camping murmured to me as the author Mark Blitz basically spoke of the Jewish festivals.
It took him to page 143 to even begin to talk of the Blood Moons.
Only 8 tetrads (4 consecutive blood moons in a row) have occurred in the past 2000 years.
This one will be the 9th.
Then, Mark transformed into Harold Camping:
9 is the last of the single digits.
It marks The End, the conclusion of the matter.
It is akin to the number 6 ... why he doesn't say, but he goes on to say 6 being the sum of its factors
(3 x 3 = 9 3 + 3 = 6
and $15.95 is what you just lost by buying his book!)
Mark furthers muddies the prophetic waters Camping style:
9 is a factor of 666 ( which is 9 times 74)
and it is one less than Bo Derek (that last is mine.)
Mark writes that the sum of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet is 4995 (5 x 999).
It is stamped therefore with the numbers of grace and finality.
(Italics his/ the head scratching all mine.)
Why all our fixation with The End of the world?
Writing strictly on a not-for-prophet basis, here are some of my thoughts:
1.) WE BALK AT OUR WALK-ON PART IN THE WORLD'S STORY
For many, the world doesn’t only revolve around us – it stops around us too.
1 in 7 people in the world right now believe it will all end during their lifetime.
2.) THERE'S A SENSE OF MEANING TO BEING THERE FOR THE RINGING DOWN OF THE CURTAIN.
The idea of an apocalypse pushes all the right buttons at a psychological level.
Our minds have always tried to create some kind of framework of meaning to give history and our own personal lives some kind of significance.
3.) IT'S ABOUT POWER
Apocalyptic predictions are a way for people to try to control the way their (and others’) world works.
What you get during times of particular discontent – war, famine or general bad times – is a rise in apocalyptic preaching and ideas.
And at those times we seem to lap it up like there’s no tomorrow.
4.) IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER
Robert Oppenheimer had a bet going with other members of the Manhattan Project as to whether the first atom bomb
(that they were about to set off) would start a chain reaction that would destroy the earth’s atmosphere.
It does seem as if Man has a built-in Death Wish, doesn't it?
5.) THERE ARE NO CONSEQUENCES IF THERE IS NO TOMORROW
The same thought is the basis for the popularity of the movie, GROUNDHOG DAY.
When you’re mortgaged up to your eyeballs, hideously in debt, overworked, underpaid,
totally depressed about the global financial meltdown and climate change,
a little apocalyptic event might seem like a breath of fresh air, right?
WHY DO YOU THINK WE ARE SO FASCINATED WITH ALL THESE SCENARIO'S OF
THE END OF THE WORLD?