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Armageddon and the River of Blood - Is this the End of the World?
The end of the Mayan calender on December 21st, 2012 has spurred a belief that the world will end then.
Strangely enough, the Holy Bible, the handbook for Christians the world over, also has a similar world ending. They call it Armageddon.
In the Book of Revelations, chapter 16, verse 4, we are warned of a river of blood to come as a forewarning of impending doom.
And this is exactly what has happened in China, where the River Yangtze has turned bright red (orange) in the September of 2012, just 3 months before the finale of the Mayan calender.
Does this mean the end of the world is nigh?
Should we be preparing right now for Armageddon, which is the battle to end all battles according to the Christian faith?
Book of Revelations
Chapter 16 of the Book of Revelations deals with the 7 angels who each emptied out a bowl of God's wrath upon the Earth.
- The first angel brought painful and ugly sores to those who worshipped the Devil.
- The second poured its bowl into the sea, and every living marine creature died.
- The third emptied its bowl into the rivers, turning the water blood red (and this is actually the 4th verse).
- The fourth angel poured its bowl over the sun, causing it to scorch and burn every living thing on Earth.
- The fifth poured its vial onto the "throne of the beast" causing darkness and men to chew their tongues off in agony.
- The sixth poured its bowl onto the great river Euphrates, causing it to dry up.
- The seventh poured its bowl into the air, and there resulted in an earthquake so severe the like of which man has never suffered before. This was at a place called Armageddon.
So all in all, these seven angels were nasty pieces of work whichever way you look at them!
I much prefer Willie Nelson's Seven Spanish Angels.
Seven Spanish Angels - Willie Nelson and Ray Charles
Armageddon - the movie
Does the Bible tell us the truth?
The Bible is full of parables, and is not intended to be taken literally.
The truth is behind the words, not the actual literal words themselves.
So when we are warned of 'rivers of blood', it is almost certainly not intended to be actual rivers of blood, but perhaps something that looks like rivers of blood.
And this is exactly what we are seeing in China.
The most likely explanation for a river turning red, or orange as the case may be, is that some backstreet sweatshop has illegally dumped dyes into the public storm drain network.
This is not to say that this is not what was foretold in the Bible. Red blood oxides when mixed with water, turning it is rust colour, or orange.
Something written thousands of years ago is unlikely to be aware of modern day technology that allows us to artificially make colours for clothes in quantities likely to dye whole rivers.
This red river in China could still be the harbinger of doom, as foretold all those years ago.
With the Mayan calender ending so abruptly on December 21, 2012, all sorts of jumbled jigsaw pieces are falling into place.
What does the Mayan Calender say about 2012
Before we can extrapolate what the Mayans said, it is important to realise who the Mayans were.
They were an ancient civilisation who inhabited what is now Mexico and Central America. As a race they were renowned for the accuracy of their calendars. Indeed, they were great astronomers and studied the Heavens above in intricate detail.
They had many calenders, and only one of them forecast the end of a Great Cycle on December 21st, 2012.
What is amazing about this date?
Not only is it the winter solstice, it will be the first time in 26,000 years that the Earth and sun will align exactly with the centre of the Milky Way galaxy.
The Mayans predicted this date 5,125.36 years ago as being the end of another Great Cycle (they predicted three previous Great Cycles which happened).
How can we prepare for the end of the world?
As it is the end of the world, there can be no preparations.
No Last Will and Testament to write, no food storages or nuclear bunkers, because if the world is really ending, there will be no-one left alive to pass things on to, or to eat the food.
All we can do is pray.
The power of prayer is strengthened if we all join in, and perhaps the Good Lord above will take pity on us.
Let us pray.
Dear Lord thy God in Heaven above us, please listen to my prayers.
Don't let the world end on the 21st of December, 2012, as I have already bought all those expensive Christmas presents for all the family, and they will go to waste.
As will the turkey, stuffings and all the things I have bought for Christmas dinner.
If you must end the world, can you direct your anger at the Banks only?
Then I will not have to repay the debt on my overloaded credit card paying for Christmas.
Yes that will be good.
Just send an Armageddon to the financial institutions of this world, and not to us, your ever faithful subjects.
While I am here, can I just wish for world peace and an end to all the human sufferings, the starving in Africa, and an end to all wars (and banks, don't forget the banks).
Your ever humble servant.