This short article will attempt to prove an association with the study of eschatology (study of the end times), with Evangelical Christian dominance. Furthermore, a discussion on correlations between seemingly true biblical predictions, and the Evangelical Christian world`s assertions and actions will be made. In short, the purpose of this article is to impugn the actual causes of the end of the world.
Biblical Eschatological writings, such as the Book of Revelation, Daniel and even the Apocalypse of Adam, all originally possessed a metaphoric intent. For example, in the Book of Revelation there are twenty-two chapters. According to the late Manly P. Hall, a 33° Freemason, the Book of Revelation uses the twenty-two chapters to outline the major twenty-two trumps of the Tarot Cards of the Hebrew Kabala.
This does not mean these events are prophecies for the end times, but rather that they are descriptions of the stages of life. To the Chagrin of the Masons, organized Millenarian groups (lit. End of the world groups), began developing in the early 1800`s. There were two great disappointments "in the 1840`s where a group called the Millerites, followers of William Miller, tried to predict the Second Coming of Christ and the rapture. These kinds of disappointments were to happen forever after, only on a greater scale.
Today, groups like the Millerites exist everywhere: 2012 doomsday soothsayers, Evangelical Christians like the second President Bush, Fundamentalist Christians, and even more peaceful groups like the Jehovah`s Witnesses. What these groups do, is create an underlying current of fear amongst their society. When leaders are obsessed with this type of doctrine, they tend to lash out and create pseudo-holy wars, such as the second Iraq war.
The populace then acts out of fear, donating heavily to their churches, their state and their security "the lines between religion and state" blur. This phenomenon is called religious fascism. Until the Obama administration, which is only partially influenced by the Christian radical right, this type of fascism existed not only in the Middle East as judged by the West, but by the West itself.
This fascism has led to a set of circumstances, not akin to the Book of Revelation in any way. However, the world is sick, and to the plebeians it might seem like it is indeed mimicking the stages of life detailed in the Book. It is up to us to redeem the world. Not a fancy Second Coming! We must set a model for peace and overcome the shackles of ignorance and religious fanaticism.
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