Doomsday, Armageddon, Apocalypse, Revelation and an after Christmas reminiscence with a suggestion on how to save humanity. Last night and this morning I reread The Revelation of St. John the Divine in the publication by World Wide, “the four translation New Testament” (LC 66-15920) in an effort to round out the EarthArk background preparations.
Reading this kind of material is a challenge for me because I balk at nearly every sentence, thinking, “How can you know that? How can you prove that assertion? How can I observe the phenomena, which you are asserting, to be important truths for me to know? Are your statements intended to be mere symbols for some deeper but verifiable reality?” The opening words of this tract are, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass;” which self proclaims the source for these statements as coming from Jesus Christ himself. This claim seems very strained because the entire tone of this very lengthy, verbose, hallucinatory and irrelevant Revelation is opposite to the concise, elegant and relevant Sermon on the Mount which is unquestionably by Jesus, if anything is by him.
If the Trustworthiness Scale is consulted this type of information is rated as 0 (zero) on a 15 point scale. That is the lowest standard for the trustworthiness of information. It has a lower trustworthiness score than paid advertising, or conspiracy theories, or political commentary or even than news broadcasting. Each of these other sources of information has higher degrees of verifiability and therefore of potential trustworthiness than the former one and if we have any real world experience we know how biased news reporting tends to be.
The lack of credibility is bad enough but then the author of Revelations finishes his very long statement of unverifiable assertion about some dreams he claims to have had with a rather nasty statement …
I warn everyone who hears what the prophecy of this book tells him: If you add anything to this, God will add to you the plagues written in this book. And if you take away any words in this book of prophecy, God will take away your share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book. He who spoke these truths says: “Yes, I am coming soon!” Certainly! Come, Lord Jesus! Love of the Lord Jesus be with all the holy people. Amen. (BECK Rev. 22:18)
After a rather long statement of what would be considered ravings, if it wasn’t holy scripture, John condemns us if we doubt what he says and condemns us if we even consider rationally or think critically about what he has written. Most of it is weird irrational symbolic-sounding ramblings which very much deserve a second look before basing any real world decisions upon its difficult to understand statements. The predictions which people make based upon these Revelations are speculative in the extreme and because they have no clear link to our current calendar there is no way to forecast specific events some 2,000 years after these dreams were put to paper.
The predictions based on the Mayan calendar from Central America do have specific dates, locations and events which it predicts and these predicted events are only four year in the future. Furthermore, to make these predictions scarier they have a track record of predicting the downfall of the central American civilization with the conquests of Cortes. Even if these are just as irrational and speculative as John’s Revelations they do have a scary and very real impact upon the public mind. When December, 21st 2012 does roll around on the Mayan calendar there will be an hallucinatory stress on the public mind and that alone will start a mild panic. If something unexpected happens, like a moderate earthquake, a comet, or a strange twist on the just completed US election, it will get blown out of rational proportion. It is all hallucinatory nonsense but so was the stock market crash and then there follows in the wake of these mental events real physical human problems, perhaps really big problems.
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