Signs of the Apocalypse?

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And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. – Joel 2:30

And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. – Mark 13:25

The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell on the third part of the rivers, and on the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter. – Revelation 8:8-11

Kinda sounds like an eyewitness news report, don’t it?

Imagine you lived a few thousand years ago, somewhere along the Nile or Yellow rivers, or on the plains of Mesopotamia or the jungles of Yucatan. There you are, minding your own business, trying to find food without becoming food yourself.

Then suddenly there is a bright light in the sky and an explosion that knocks you right off your feet. Off in the distance you see a smoking crater where a small city used to be.

That kinda shit would sure leave a lasting impression, wouldn’t it? Is it any wonder that the first thing every ancient civilization did was start studying the stars?

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54 Responses to Signs of the Apocalypse?

  1. wmcb says:

    If we are going to quote signs and portents, I much prefer the Boring Prophet:

    There shall in that time be rumors of things going astray, erm, and there shall be a great confusion as to where things really are, and nobody will really know where lieth those little things with the sort of raffia-work base, that has an attachment. At that time, a friend shall lose his friend’s hammer, and the young shall not know where lieth the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before, about eight o’clock.

  2. I have only one fear regarding the apocalypse. With my luck I would be on of the poor suckers who survived. sigh. Death by apocalypse is preferable to death by extreme impoverished old age.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    I bet ancient civilizations had many “come to Jesus” moments with thunder and lightening storms. Can you imagine being out on a nice day hunting and gathering when all of sudden the sky turns black, the clouds boom and rumble, then cracks of strange spears of light come hurtling down. I can’t imagine what life was like before The Weather Channel and super dopler radar 😉

  4. driguana says:

    Studying the skies and stars and building monuments to the heavens…kind of like the Cargo Cults of Papua New Guinea…

    • swanspirit says:

      They should have left those people alone frikKen missionaries !

      • driguana says:

        well, over time in PNG, it got even worse…not only the missionaries but the oil companies, loggers and miners….became a very bad scene and, of course, planes stopped dropping goodies from the sky…which might be Obama’s next ploy…just drop goodies from the sky over East LA and Detroit and they will build monuments to him!!!! Sort of the Obama Cult now anyway if you consider radio/TV antennas as homage to The One…

  5. yttik says:

    In modern times, everyday is the apocalypse, a perception mostly fueled by the media. You’re either going to die going off a fiscal cliff or you’re going to take a cruise on the poop ship of death.

    I suspect ancient people were much more rational and reasonable about mother nature than we are today. They didn’t have all these pundits trying to screw with their brains. Today a relatively normal winter snow event becomes snow-apocalypse with 24/7 coverage and all this salivating about the coming death and destruction.

    • elliesmom says:

      People were more rational about snow storms 50 years ago. Most accurate weather reporting was “after the fact”. I remember Don Kent, a soft-spoken weatherman on a local Boston station allowing himself to be part of a “forecasting contest”. His forecast, the Old Farmers’ Almanac, and a glass jar with with weather reports from the last five years on slips on paper that were drawn each morning. At the end of the year, the glass jar won. But somehow the snow arrived, we shoveled out, and life went on. The governor didn’t have to make it a crime to drive in a blizzard. People knew enough to stay home. No one on our street had a snow blower. The neighbors asked my dad why didn’t he buy a plow for our tractor. He said he had four kids with shovels. If the power went out, if you had a phone, it still worked. We weren’t allowed to watch much TV anyway because “it wasn’t good for our eyes” so we had lots of stuff to play with- none of which required electricity. If it got cold, we had a fireplace, but keeping the animals warm was more important than we were. We had extra clothes and blankets. There was always enough food in the house for us to be OK for at least a couple of days if we couldn’t get to the store on any day of the year. If we ran out of bread, my grandmother just baked more. I loved it when we were snowbound as a kid.

      • swanspirit says:

        I remember building snow forts that lasted for days ; having snowball battles (people who threw ice balls were cheaters ! and couldn’t play anymore ! ) and going sledding on steep hills that were roads closed to traffic . I remember laughing at people who tried to get their cars up those hills when they started sliding back down.. Heck one year we built an igloo in our back yard .

      • ROFL! I grew up in the same area.
        My Mom would listen to Don Kent and if he said it was going to be a fine spring day she would make us wear our snow suits to school. He was WRONG so much of the time.
        Come to think of it, not much has changed. If I want the weather, I look out the window. Much more accurate than the talking heads on tv.

    • We need a B-Ark transport for pundits, academics, and actors.

    • swanspirit says:

      I am not so sure about that. I think for early people , life may have been precarious, and their understanding of why , was not as broad as modern people. An average life span of 35- 40 for early people seems an indicator for a dangerous existence .
      Early peoples had rituals toward off disasters like the sun not coming back in winter . That is why early people were so religious . Their existence depended on keeping their gods and goddesses happy .

      • elliesmom says:

        Life was certainly precarious for ancient people, but at least they worried about important things – like survival. Modern people worry about being in line early enough to get the latest version of the iPhone. By ancient standards we should all be laid back and carefree, but somehow understanding how the universe works and knowing where diseases come from hasn’t reduced our levels of fear much. Where danger doesn’t exist, we create it.

        • leslie says:

          Knowing where/how dangers come from also creates crazy behaviors. My mother “protected” us from the chicken pox when I was a child. So, I ended up nearly dying from it when I was a 35 year old mother of three who had contracted the disease while at summer camp. Then, my neighbor across the street and 2 houses away – also a mother of young children – called the local police when I let my children play with one another in our backyard, because she said I was causing an epidemic in the neighborhood.
          Really, my mother was sane compared to the neighbor.
          *shaking head*

    • Constance says:

      “Today a relatively normal winter snow event becomes snow-apocalypse with 24/7 coverage and all this salivating about the coming death and destruction.”

      Only if it’s on the east coast Media don’t give a rats ass about actual disasters that happen anywhere else in the USA.

      • elliesmom says:

        I don’t know about that. Here on the east coast we get a lot of news coverage about wildfires, tornadoes, floods, and mudslides that happen in other areas of the country. Hurricanes and blizzards lend themselves to more “hype” because they’re slower moving and open up the possibilities for hours and hours of speculation about where they’re going to do the most damage. Tornadoes are more “hit and run”. But I always know about major ones from the news. I also always know when some celebrity’s house has slid into the ocean.

  6. HELENK says:

    looks like homeland security is stocking up for an apocalypse

  7. HELENK says:

    thought this was interesting story about blogging and the changes it has brought

  8. votermom says:

    myiq, if Walter Russell Mead is blogrolled under “Lean to the Right, than shouldn’t Ann Althouse go under “Lean to the Left?”

  9. wmcb says:

    Feminists are upset and hate the word “panties”, and obsess over Sports Illustrated. They are useless anymore.

    They’ve become like that dog that was supposed to bark at intruders, and instead barks his fool head off at a leaf, a squirrel, the wind blowing…

    Eventually you start going SHUT UUUUUUPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!

  10. wmcb says:

    Heh. The ballsy new teapartiers are giving the old guard GOP hell.

  11. HELENK says:

    political theater in DC.
    unions take to the DC streets demanding jobs not cuts

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Ahhh, the coastal Virginia version of the “APocAlypse” arriving now….

    If this link works here, hit the arrow on the graphic for movement, then left click your mouse to move the screen. I’m such a weather nerd.

    Zoom in to see your neighborhood. Fun!

  13. myiq2xu says:

    I am still recooping from my cold/nyquil overdose experience.

  14. myiq2xu says:

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