If you’ve been watching the news lately it probably hasn’t escaped your attention that really strange and unprecedented things have been happening: historic earthquakes, record-breaking floods, droughts, and fires, mass animal deaths, and a myriad of wars and threats of war. Additionally, you will probably have noticed the massive, rapid movement towards globalization and global governance under the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, Bank of International Settlements, World Court, and other international institutions. The miraculous rise and consolidation of the European Union probably has not escaped your attention either. Add to this the Biblical saber-rattling among the countries of the Middle East and the media’s 24/7 fixation on Israel, Palestine, and Jerusalem and you know something is going on.
Muslims are predicting the soon return of the Imam Mahdi, Secular Humanists are predicting mass extinction because of global warming and unchecked capitalism, and Christians are predicting the imminent return of their Lord and Savior—Jesus Christ. Plenty of other “end of the world”-type speculation has completely saturated television and the internet with bizarre mentions of a Mayan calendar, quatrains written by Nostradamus, alien invasions, and an impending (though yet unseen) planet called “Nibiru”. Hollywood has certainly added fuel to the fire with the recent releases of 2012, The Book of Eli, 9, The Road, Legion, The Day After Tomorrow, and others. The film and television industry has developed an odd fascination with the apocalyptic genre… very odd, wouldn’t you agree? Something is definitely going on…. more