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Tuesday, March 15, 2011: End of Days Prophecy

          This quote showed up on Facebook and I could only roll my eyes. Perhaps you’ve seen it:

         “Sept 11th (NY) Jan 11th (Haiti) and March 11th (Japan)....Luke 21:10-11 Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. Jesus says for behold I come quickly,” [so... ask yourself are we ready?]”

           When I responded that the Haitian earthquake was on Jan 12th , that Haiti and Japan were natural disasters and 9-11 was totally man-made,the reply came back, “Well @ Janet, 9-11 was referenced to; "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom" part   ;D   And Haiti's was the 12th, so let’s just include the next sentence Luke 21:12, "But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you." ... I'm ready!!”

          I’m not a big believer in End of Days prophecy according to biblical scriptures. I look at history and realize many time-periods, suffering from wars and natural disasters, have claimed their troubles were proof of ancient prophecies finally coming true.

          When the actual end comes (either of the planet or human life on the planet), when we stand in spirit worlds looking back over the physical events, we will undoubtedly see wars and disasters. But when man-made and natural disasters are so much a part of human history, we can only decide what are “final events” after the fact.

         Living through disasters will always be intense: we always stand in the middle, uncertain what lies ahead, unable to look backward from the future, unable to be reassured that we will survive today’s events. Whenever people turn to the stars, the bones, the cards, the holy books, there is always some sign to connect this dot to that dot, to give “proof” that we will be successful or that we should indeed fear the future. We pick and choose which dots to connect so that we can feel control over the unpredictability of our own lives. Life itself goes on, despite centuries of predictions that the world is about to end.

          Does the number eleven mean the same thing when we compare it events like WWI ending on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month? We say “deaths come in three” but don’t we then expand time until we find three deaths to fit into our prediction? Don’t we ignore the deaths that follow, lumping the extras into a new round of deaths by threes?

           That a number such as eleven can be pulled out and matched to some passage (in any book) has little to say about prediction and everything to say about human nature. It is the impulse that had shamans examining chicken innards to predict war victories, or finds people using the winner of the Super Bowl to predict the Stock Market. That one can go through a complex book such as the Bible and find End of Days predictions ignore the number of other passages that might offer an alternative choice. [honest, I'm almost tempted to go through and see if I can find ":11" passages that suggest the need to be loving and charitable.]

           If you want to believe this current “strange coincidence”  signals the end of life on earth (three numbers picked out of ten years that ignore similar catastrophes), and if that fear makes you a better person in your actions today, then go for it. I believe there is never a better time than today (every day being a new today) to re-examine one's personal beliefs and lifestyle. Am I opening my heart and mind to living a spiritual life, to sharing love and compassion with not only those closest to me but with the less fortunate?

          Consider it a spiritual exercise to reorient our priorities.

1.      If this were my last day, how would I live it? How would I treat those around me? What would I say to those I love that I might have not said before? How would my behavior change if I knew my actions today might be people’s last impression of me and my life?

2.      If this were the last week or month of my life, what would I do to put my life in order, to leave something behind that might ease the lives of those who survive me?

3.      If this were the last year of my life, what would I do that would fulfill my unrealized hopes and dreams, that would make me feel complete and satisfied that I had lived a good life and made a difference in other people’s lives?

4.      If this was my last moment, how would I want to focus my attention and my emotions? Would I want to leave this life feeling frustrated, impatient and bitter, or would I want to be at peace, forgiving myself and others for human frailty and short-comings?



Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 10:16AM by Registered CommenterThe Skeptical Mystic | Comments2 Comments

Reader Comments (2)

if we live in constant fear then we may not be living at all!
March 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbestpsychic 
We should not rely on prophecies to dictate the way we live our lives. These psychic activities are never 100 percent accurate.
March 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlovepsychic 

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