The End Is Near

The Dome of the Rock and the Temple Mount.
The Dome of the Rock and the Temple Mount. | Source

Repent

God is coming, and boy is She mad!

A lot of people think - or believe - they know when the end of the world is going to come, at least in general terms. The current year on the Hebrew calendar is 5769; some Jews believe the world will end before or during the Jewish calendar year 6000. There always seem to be some Christians who are saying the 'end times' are at hand. Muslims have their own theory as well, and so do Buddhists. The Mayan calendar was set to run out of time on 12-21-2012 - well so much for that theory, eh?

The Jewish take is that at the End of Days the Messiah, a descendant of King David, will come, reunite the Jewish people in Israel and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. After that we will enjoy a Garden of Eden type of lifestyle for the rest of eternity. There will be some trouble immediately before this, they are not exactly sure what kind of trouble, but we should expect some trouble. So what else is new? We have had nothing but trouble since we became the "Chosen People." It has been suggested that, if it isn't too much trouble, perhaps the Almighty could choose someone else?

On the Christian front, a quick internet search of "end times" unearths a veritable treasure trove of end-of-the-world related info. False messiahs, earthquakes, famine, war, etc., are all signs that the beginning of the Great Tribulation is at hand. There have been dozens of people proclaiming themselves messiah for well over a thousand years, and we'd be hard pressed to find a single year in all that time in which the world was free of famine, war, earthquakes and sundry. If in the year 1875 C.E. we were really, really close to the end times, by now we must be really, really, really, really close. Some Christians say that Barack Obama is the ultimate false messiah, otherwise known as the Antichrist, who will usher in the end times.

The Muslim prophecies seem the most current, since one prophecy states that the end time will come when Muslims are competing one against the other at building towers all over the world, which in fact they now are. In their version the Muslim Jesus - a man, not the son of God - will return and set up Muslim world rule in the city of Jerusalem. As a Jew, I see some possible obstacles to this scenario, but since God is all-powerful, it certainly could happen. Perhaps, since Islam seems to combine elements of all three of the Judeo-Christian traditions, God is trying to tell us that God will come and force us all to live in peace. Now, that would be a great tribulation, wouldn't it?

The Mayan calendar ran out of time on 12-21-2012, indicating the end of our current age. Remembering the fear and loathing surrounding the end of the millennium on December 31st, 1999, those looking forward to a cataclysmic event when the Mayan Calendar ran out of days experienced similar anticlimax. I know I was disappointed.

The Mediterranean as viewed from Tel Aviv at sunset.
The Mediterranean as viewed from Tel Aviv at sunset. | Source

The trepidation surrounding the year 2000 was based on the Roman calendar we use in modern society, which was assembled by some monk with dubious math skills during the Middle Ages. The Mayan calendar had in its favor that it seemingly predicted the end of the Mayan civilization, so at least it had a track record. Different sources said that this "solstice of solstices" would bring either massive destruction or a time of gradual and fundamental change. Since we were deprived of the massive destruction I guess we'll have to just wait and see about the gradual and fundamental change.

Some sources say that according to Buddha, seven suns will appear in the sky, dry up everything, and then super-heat the earth until it explodes. None of us will be around to see it, because shortly after the second sun appears in the sky everyone will be dead. The context of Buddha's remarks is an address to monks concerning the finite nature of time and of all things. We are all subject to the sadness, pain, and gradual decline of life. Therefore we should release ourselves from our craving for existence through meditation. Not the worst advice, I think.

Personally, I would hate to miss any part of today because I was too concerned with the end of the world to enjoy life in the mean time. Life is short after all, and the world ends for each one of us all too soon.

Jaffa Gate, Old City, Jerusalem
Jaffa Gate, Old City, Jerusalem | Source

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Trsmd 7 years ago from India

Thanks Rubenoff for posting for my Request..


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Storytellersrus 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

I like the concept that we die every night and we are born again every morning. I'm not really afraid of the end times.


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Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

Wow--I loved ths hub. There is a saying that I continue to think and bleive and that everyone else should also--it is not in the destination but in the journey.

Oh I have been accused of so many horrible things and been judged very harshly for what I beleive and have posted on these hubpages and everyone proclaims the End Times and Satan is winning and all kinds of sary things..........what they focus on is only what they will be able to see. The same goes for this., I plan on being here until this life expires and I then go to another life. I expect everyone else is going to do the same--whatever that may be on what their mindset is. If it is on Satan and horrible end times--then that is what they will go thorough. I, myself plan on focusing on Good things and on God.


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Ralph Deeds 7 years ago

Interesting Hub! Is that all there is? :-)


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moonlake 7 years ago from America

Enjoyed your hub. When I was young I worried everyday about the end coming now that I'm old I don't care. It will come when no one knows it's coming. I just hope it ends fast without lots of extra suffering. We all suffer enough as it is.


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fishskinfreak2008 7 years ago from Fremont CA

I thought God was a man? The Mayan calendar is SERIOUSLY scheduled to run out (i.e. EXPIRE) in 2012? OMG!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thank you for your comments! Yes, the beginning and end of time is interesting in the same way that the square root of pi is interesting. The answer is probably really important in some way, but...


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Blake Flannery 7 years ago from United States

Interesting. I didn't know some Christians think Obama is the Anti-Christ. "Some" Christians have been wrong many times in the past though. Thanks for including the Mayan Calendar countdown link. I think we should have a holiday that day. If the world does end, then what's the point of working. If the world doesn't end, back to work darnit.

This info in this hub would really scare me if I didn't have faith, and hope. We're all going to die some day anyway. Right? We all have such limited time, as you said. I'll add that life is fragile anyway, and we all have our own personal "end."


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Sounds like you are well grounded, my friend. I am definitely partying on 12-21-2012, unless the Temple drops out of the sky onto the Dome of the Rock or something.


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Bruce Elkin 7 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

Interesting hub, Tom. I really liked the way you wrapped it all up at the end. Nice!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

As Thoreau was rumored to say, when asked on his death bed if he could see the other world, "One world at a time."


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Darrell Roberts 7 years ago

I love this hub. You have such a good sense of humor. Many people are too busy wondering when the world is going to end, they do not live their lives. If the world does end 12-21-2012, I get a permanent vacation starting 12-22-2012 so there is a bright side to everything.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I dunno, I'm going to have a pretty bad hangover that day...


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GeneriqueMedia 7 years ago from Earth

Way neat Hub.

I've always laughed at everyone who said the world was going to end. Well, actually, when I was younger...it used to scare me. But as you point out, our death knell has been hammered millions of times...and none have yet to be right!

G|M


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

It would be nice if we had a couple days notice so we could be appropriately blitzed in advance.


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someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

Hi,Lady Guinevere

I like your point of view ,we experience what we persistantly,and consistantly think to be the truth ,I suspected as much myself ,just like that saying you are what you eat,we are what we feed on spiritually.

To Blake ,

I wouldn't make any bets,on when things will end but I would take some bets on weather the world

is going to end ,but then again I wouldn't be around to collect if it did.

Tom,

I checked out the link about the new God hypothisis,and DNA.I agree with it's conclusive evidence that DNA is proof of intelligent design.


ivav 7 years ago

don't worry god is there to protect us


KellyEngaldo 6 years ago

Excellent hub with personal insights and a global perspective with all religions. Thank you for this thought provoking hub.

History has so much hatred. The years of peace...would be nice.

Great ending...love life!


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sunchild28 5 years ago from Nigeria

The earlier we repent the better, but we that have repented should help others who haven't repented to repent. Thanks for spreading the gospel Sir.


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

Thanks for this, hope I didn't waste my time painting front door and filling in tax returns.

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