Fear seems to be a prevailing emotion on this forumgreenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
And for good reason! This world is in a mess....
..."fear and expectation of the things coming upon the inhabited earth.." The Y2K crisis is a local event, which could trigger a larger and more prophetic event foretold in the Bible.....the Great Tribulation...however, no man can be sure....the only thing one can be sure of is what the Bible is clear on. For me, the Bible relieves stress, gives hope, and a sure one of the future at that! It promises of a New World Order, but certainly not at the hands of a "trilateral commission", or any such man-made entity. The clear and only answer in the Bible is the incoming Kingdom prophesied by Jesus and so many of the prophets. That Kingdom is near.....
-- rick shade (Rickoshade@aol.com), April 26, 1999
I read a great line recently. A christian talking about Y2K was asked about the tribulations, the the "foretold times" and all that. His reply was that anybody who believed the Christian prophecies would have to also believe the other statements in the bible about that. He pointed out the verse that said the time would be known to no man. And then said that it couldn't be Y2K -- "that would be too obvious." LOL!
PJ in TX
-- PJ Gaenir (email@example.com), April 26, 1999.
Yes, this board has gone to gloom and doom the past few days and it's easy to see why. I'm back somewhere between panic and depression with each one fighting for supremacy. Unusual for a Jupiter controlled Sagittarian who is basically always optimistic.
If Y2K creates more than the proverbial "bump in the road" (God, how I hate that phrase !) I feel reasonably prepared to survive and to help others too. Self reliance gives you a feeling of control.
If it's the end of the world according to God, I can face that too. Humbly, I hope , knowing my weaknesses and hoping that God will see some strengths and judge me accordingly and mercifully.
Ditto with an asteroid or total nuclear oblivion. It's over quick and we all meet our maker. End of story and out of our control.
So what then, is the cause of these mixed feelings? I'm guessing it's because I've become more aware of all our chickens that are coming home to roost. All the things that we should have control over and don't. Of course, that list would be endless but to mention just a few: nuclear waste and nuclear shutdowns which could slowly pollute the earth despite all the supposed built in safety measures, propaganda coming out of our ears until we can't believe either side, getting into someone elses' civil war and antagonizing until we might even start World War lll, policing half the world, a media controlled by heavens knows who or what but principally what sells advertising, a bureaucracy so big and out of control that it's hopeless to remediate, greed, and on and on.
Now, we come to the point where I'm supposed to either state my solution or some political or religious philosophy that would offer a solution, right? NOT ! We're so far out of control of anything except our own little households (and the Colorado shootings makes you wonder about even that) that I can't see a solution.
-- sue (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 27, 1999.
Sue: Thank God He does not judge us on how good we are or how sinless we are. If He did, there would be no hope for any of us. Jesus said, "No one comes to the Father, but by me." Faith in Jesus to forgive our sins is the only way any of us will gain eternal life. God bless!
-- Rick (Rick@rick.rick), April 27, 1999.
Rick--It's not God that scares me. It's man and man's obsession with power and greed.
If God destroys the world, that is his choice.If man destroys the world God has given him, I somehow don't think God will be so forgiving. I know this sounds like a contradiction in terms, since I already said I believe in a merciful God, but someway, somehow, we are going to have to pay.
-- sue (email@example.com), April 27, 1999.
The "end of this world" is referring to the end of the age, the economy, not the earth.
(Mat 13:40 KJV) "As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world,(aion)."
165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp. G5550.
-- Mark Hillyard (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 27, 1999.