The End of the World as We Know It
Let’s put some perspective on this. Apocalypse literally means ‘an uncovering’. That’s why the book in the Bible where this is discussed is called “The Revelation of St. John”.
John’s images and symbols came to him while he was having an ‘out of body experience’ (OOBE). There could have been many reasons for this ‘vision’, but the most likely is fasting (think, Jesus in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights).
John didn’t know ‘when’ these things will occur, just that they are scheduled to become real, sometime in the future.
The Late, Great Planet Earth
Most of my understanding of the ‘current events’ of the Apocalypse comes from Hal Lindsey’s book.
It was a bestseller in the 1970’s and it seemed to be a wake-up call that we were heading for a final solution (soul-ution?) of the difficulties we had been experiencing.
However, Lindsey’s timing was a bit off. Isn’t that always the way with prophecy? In fact, the “End of the World” may be slated for 2043. But I’m always mindful that no one knows the day nor the hour (Matthew 24:36).
So, why Megiddo? It would seem that the location has a bit of history for being the site of a battle or two. The area is totally flat and therefore perfect for a conflict between opposing forces.
Israel is also the most contentious country in the Middle East, having been returned to the Jewish diaspora communities.
Somehow, ever since 1948, the struggle to keep Israelis safe from the rest of the world has turned into a massive effort to rid the whole region of their enemies. This has resulted in Palestinian ‘cleansing’ and provocative actions against Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and other Arabic states. Do we need reminding that Israel has nuclear weapons?
In the present time, Syria has become a battleground where these actions have become visible. And, as a result, the Middle East is a ‘tinder box’, ready to be engulfed in fire (and brimstone) at any minute.
Thomas Benjamin’s Vision
In My Satanic Struggle (screenplay), I have come up against a few obstacles. The most obvious is the fact that it was originally written in 1978. Now, 40 years later, most of the scenarios that I was projecting into the future have not occurred in the time frame I originally set out.
So: what to do about that? Fortunately, for me, a couple of movies and TV shows have presented a solution.
Quentin Tarantino effectively rewrote the history of World War II in this film. That made me think, ‘if he can do that, so can I.’
The other one was Life on Mars. Here was a TV show that took a present day police detective back in time to the 70’s. A-ha! Maybe Benjamin could be in a coma, while experiencing this alternate reality of Life on Earth. It would take care of the awkward bits, for sure.
Besides, that would be an echo of St. John’s Revelation. St. Paul, writing about St. John in 2 Corinthian’s 12, said this:
2I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. 3And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— 4was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.
If it’s good enough for Paul, it’s good enough for me.
Why is this important? Because so many people see the Bible as being irrelevant to our lives today. Plus the New Agers have a similar Ascension scenario which is either that we have to switch to 5D energy bodies moving into the Age of Aquarius, or we are all caught up in UFO’s to avoid total annihilation. This second idea has ramifications for our story because it might help explain alien intervention.
If I’ve said this once, I’ve said it a dozen times:
Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.