Of late, there has been a spurt in cyclones, hurricanes, earthquakes with them making their appearances regularly in unlikely of the places and with no adherence to seasons. The damage to life and material is huge, each of them a colossal loss.
And, can you point to just ONE DAY some or other part of the world has not been at war in recent times?
Here is what Jesus said in Mathew 24:6
Ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Is now that time?
Looks like it to me, but then I have been seeing these things coming to pass for the last few years.
Global climate change baby - keep the fossil fuels burning.
Was there any decade without any wars or natural disasters in the last 2000years?
The key factor is that the 33rd verse states:
"So also when you see these signs, all taken together, coming to pass, you may know of a surety that He is near, at the very doors."
It's the fact that ALL of these things are happening together that makes the difference.
All these things happened together so many times before. Practically there was always war in some or other part of all known world, and natural disasters were a regular accompaniment.
however, these predictions have been made persistenly over the last few thousand years... the quote is so nebulous and non-specific that it can be applied anywhere
There have been wars for 2000 years and today's wars pale compared to the hundreds of thousands butchered mercilessly during the Dark Ages of Europe, Medieval times, the conquest of the Native Americans, Ghenghis Khan's tour across Asia, blah, blah blah.
There have been several outbreaks of the Black Death across Europe and Asia, and in the 17th centre a third of the population was wiped out. We have no seen anything on that scale since. Even the Spanish flu of 1918-19 that killed a few million was on a much smaller scale.
Natural disasters like cyclones and hurricanes have happened for centuries, you are more aware of them because of 24 hour news. 2000 years ago the climate was much warmer than now; the Romans were planting vineyards in Scotland! Medieval Europe also experienced a warmer climate than now, and in the 17th century, we had a mini-ice age.
All the prophesies of Jesus about the end times can be seen as fulfilled by AD135. Millions of Jews were starved during the siege of Jerusalem in AD70; followed by genocide and the wiping of their nation off the map in the years following. There were great Earthquakes, Mount Vesuvius popped destroying Pompeii and the surrounding villages. Just a quick look through Wikipedia will show you that every one of his prophesies can be explained by events of those times.
Now if you are into a literal 6000 years of human history, 2012AD is 5773 in the Jewish calendar, so that leaves us with at least another 225 years to go.
things are no different then any other time in history. in fact, things were a lot worse in the past. if anything, the planet is getting better.but of course religion tries to put a damper on that.
If you think these things don't happen together all the time ... Study more history
I know this is not what the OP meant, but:
Every sentient creature is by definition always at the end of its own personal time. All your life to date is in the past. Everything you see, even 'now', is in the past, because you only see it because of light emitted by or reflected from it a very short time ago. Distant stars that you think you are seeing 'now' might already have exploded or died. Your eyesight lags behind the sensory data that triggers it.
Is it reasonable to expect this state of affairs to continue? Yes, but that brings us to Hume's Problem of Induction. No amount of observations of a phenomenon logically prove that the phenomenon will continue into the future.
So, are we at the end of time? Probably not but don't worry about it
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