September 06, 2008

End of the World within the month?

Well, that's what one German physicist seems to think: LHC Could Create World-Eating Black Holes
Time magazine has this to say: Will LHC Trigger End-of-the-World?
CERN, of course, disagrees: The Safety of the LHC
A citizen-awareness group has formed: Stop the LHC!
And then there's this:
"I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"
Revelation 6:12-17

I've been saying for about a month now (although not here in this blog) that I feel the fifth seal has been opened and we are on the cusp of the sixth seal being opened. There are many commentators who interpret Revelation six as symbolic or historic, but I've always felt it was clearly prophetic. The first seal delineates the opening of a "righteous" war of some kind. The second seal has the righteous war shifting into a blood bath driven by some motivation other than righting a grievous wrong. The third seal is the economic collapse resulting from the shifting focus and expanding fiscal requirements of that war while the fourth seal is the widespread famine resulting from the economic collapse. The fifth seal is the prayers and petitions of those who have been martyred, and the sixth seal opens the first major judgement of the final outpouring of the wrath of God.

Couple of things to keep in mind. John was a 1st Century fisherman whose academic and theologic training came late in life. He did not understand most of what he transcribed as his terrible vision unfolded. Some of it he knew from Messianic prophecies in the Torah, but probably he had never really considered what it would be like to come face to face with the visions Daniel, Ezekiel, and Isaiah struggled to record.

I'm no scientist, but it's odd that suddenly they are saying it's possible the LHC bring about the end of the world and if it does, the symptoms of such a horrendous error in judgement would be remarkably similar to the kind of atmospheric phenomena I've been expecting for just about the past month.

"But wait!" some of you will say. "Wouldn't God himself be the agent of mankind's final judgement?"

Well, see, here's a funny aspect of Biblical prophecy: real-world agents and agencies are always employed to carry out God's plan. Decades ago when I was very young and first began looking into what kind of real-world scenarios might be described by these prophecies, I was stunned to learn that under the right conditions, every single one of them could take place with scientifically defined causation. Granted, that also meant a creative interpretation of some of the eschatological iconography, and some of those "creative interpretations" were as far from literal as it was possible to get (like the a mini-black hole from the LHC causing the atmospheric phenomena described in connection with the sixth seal), but hey, speculation is everyone's favorite pastime, including mine!

For example, there are a number of other possibilities for the opening of the sixth seal: high-altitude explosion of an incoming comet or icy meteor, high-altitude low-yield EMP device, collapse of the earth's magnetic field from a once-in-a-billion-years super solar flare, periodic (and currently overdue!) reversal of the earth's magnetic field, etc. The list is actually quite long. The only real certainty is that it would be global, it would affect everyone, it would render the modern world impotent, it would incite hysteric fear everywhere in the world, and it would be easily visible.

Now, don't misunderstand me. I am not saying I expect the LHC to spawn a mini black hole that collapses the earth's magnetic field and eventually swallows the planet. Not at all. I am saying the parallels between everything else I see happening in the here and now, my personal opinion of where we are in Revelation, and this aspect of to the LHC are all mighty peculiar.

When you have too many coincidences, they stop being coincidental. Not that it matters, I suppose. By year-end either all this chaos will pass and everyone will laugh at me, or things will be even more chaotic and no one will be laughing at anything.

It should be an interesting autumn.