By Daniel N. Wojcik
From spiritual tomes to present people prophesies, recorded background unearths a plethora of narratives predicting or showcasing the tip of the realm. The incident at Waco, the subway bombing through the japanese cult Aum best fact, and the tragedy at Jonestown are only a number of examples of such apocalyptic situations. And those are usually not remoted incidents; hundreds of thousands of american citizens at the present time think the top of the area is inevitable, both via a divinely ordained plan, nuclear disaster, extraterrestrial invasion, or sluggish environmental decay,
Examining the doomsday situations and apocalyptic predictions of visionaries, televangelists, survivalists, and numerous different endtimes lovers, in addition to pop culture, movie, song, type, and humor, Daniel Wojcik sheds new mild on America's fascination with worldly destruction and transformation. He explores the origins of up to date apocalyptic ideals and compares non secular and secular apocalyptic hypothesis, exhibiting us the routes our trust platforms have traveled over the centuries to reach on the sunrise of a brand new millennium. integrated in his sweeping exam are premillennial prophecy traditions, prophecies linked to visions of the Virgin Mary, secular rules approximately nuclear apocalypse, the transformation of apocalyptic prophecy within the post-Cold warfare period, and rising apocalyptic rules linked to UFOs and extraterrestrials.
Timely, but of lasting significance, The finish of the area as we all know It is a complete cultural and historic portrait of an age-old phenomenon and a desirable consultant to modern apocalyptic fever.
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Other signs predicted in the Bible that foretell the end of the world include the invention of nuclear weapons; the prominence of a Russian confederacy as the powerful “nation of the North”; the rise of China as the “nation in the East” with an army of million soldiers; disasters (earthquakes, famine, strange diseases, unusual weather changes); increased crime, drug abuse, and violence; and widespread interest in the occult, new religions, and the appearance of false prophets, all identified as manifestations of the “Babylonian Mystery Religion” that Lindsey declares is predicted in the Book of Revelation.
You hang by a slender thread, with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it, and burn it asunder” (cited in Foerster :). Edwards was especially fascinated with the prophetic meanings of his era, and a collection of his sermons entitled A History of the Work of Redemption (), published forty-seven years after they were first delivered, contains his ideas about history, which he regarded as unified by a grand design and a causal chain of events divinely directed by God (Zamora b:).
It is like the key piece of a jigsaw puzzle being found and then having the many adjacent pieces rapidly fall into place” (Lindsey :). At the beginning of the book, Lindsey also attempts to establish the legitimacy of the tradition of Christian prophecy, declaring that Christ’s life had been completely foretold in detail by the Old Testament prophets and that Christ “showed simply and clearly how prophecies were being fulfilled by His life” (:). Calling these fulfilled predictions Christ’s “credentials,” Lindsey says that “Jesus said that the signs leading up to His coming were just as clear as the face of the sky.