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Doomsday 2012: Prophets Or Profits Essay

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DOOMSDAY 2012: PROHETS OR PROFITS
FINAL
Kimesha K. Sanders
Western Governors University

DOOMSDAY 2012: PROPHETS OR PROFITS

Ever since the beginning of time people have been obsessed with the concept of the end of days. So if there is one topic that can create a good conversation, it’s the “Apocalypse”. In our times, we get more than our share of talk about the apocalypse. An apocalypse is a revelation, an unveiling or unfolding of things not previously known and which could not be known apart from the unveiling (wikipedia.org). This means that no one could possibly know when this event will occur. Still, for thousands of years people have tried to predict when ...view middle of the document...

It contains one of the interpretations of the story of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” which serves as my proof that even if the timeline is right, the interpretation of the story can still be wrong. Scholars have used this story for years to prove our position on the “end of days” timeline. And it is a great story to use when the translations are correct. But who is to say which interpretation of the story is correct, when from the very start the interpretations from researcher to researcher differ? For example, there are two interpretations of the first horse. The scripture says, “Now I saw when the lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, ‘“Come and see.” And I looked and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he when out conquering and to conquer (NKJV Revelation 6: 1-2).” This rider has been depicted to represent evil, righteousness, the Holy Spirit and even Christ himself, depending upon the source. In the book of Revelation alone, he said to have one crown in chapter six and many in chapter 19. Collectively, all these things are confusing. But the events of the story cause people to try to find out where we stand on the timeline. Because of course, we are another generation of people who believe that we are living during the “end of times”
An untold number of people have tried to predict the Lord's return by using elaborate time tables. Many researchers and date setters do not realize mankind has not kept an unwavering record of time. For example, anyone wanting to chart 100 BC to 2000 AD would have to contend with the fact that 46 BC was 445 days long, there was no year 0 BC, and in 1582 we switched from Julian Years (360 days) to Gregorian (365 days) (information found at http://www.bible.ca/pre-date-setters.htm). And because most prognosticators are unaware of these errors, from very beginning, their math is already off by several years.
Dating back as far as the disciples of Jesus, every generation has believed they were living during the end of times. Those multitude generations could produce undisputable evidence, mostly from the Bible, that they were right. But they were all wrong. I can't help but make a connection between the current generation of people and the people off 999-1000 AD as an example. This year goes down as one of the most pronounced states of hysteria over the return of Christ. All members of society seemed affected by the prediction that Jesus was coming back on Jan 1, 1000 AD. And at that time, none of the events required by the Bible were transpiring. It was just the number 1000 that was the primary reason for the expectation. “During December 999 AD, everyone was on their best behavior; worldly goods were sold and given to the poor, swarms of pilgrims headed east to meet the Lord at Jerusalem, buildings went unrepaired, crops were left unplanted, and criminals were set free from jails....

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