Thursday, December 8, 2016

It's About That Time!

I was wondering when one of these would pop up again - a new date for the apocalypse! Daily Mail reports that according to computer programmer Nora Roth, the apocalypse will occur by the end of 2016. So you know, this month! Roth is using the same old Millerite model, built into a computer program. When are people going to accept that Miller was just wrong? His methodology has been applied numerous times, all failures. Given that, the odds are strong that this one will be as well. But decide for yourself.

Nora Roth, a Christian computer programmer, says she has performed complex calculations which suggest the apocalypse will occur by the end of 2016. At that point, 'everlasting righteousness will be brought in', and Earth will be 'left to rest' for a millennium.

The claims have been made on Ms Roth's website, MarkBeast, in a post called '2016 The Time of the End.' Ms Roth writes: 'In the fall [autumn] of 2016, the 6,000 years of sin on earth will come to an end, everlasting righteousness will be brought in, and Jesus will come again to take His people to heaven.'

'Then the Earth will begin its 1,000 years of rest.' Ms Roth believes that each person has a probation time on Earth. Ms Roth's calculations are based on an excerpt from the Bible's Book of Daniel, which tells the story of the Jewish people's forced relocation to Babylon.

They're not, actually. More like "inspired by." As I said above, it's based on Millerism, which built on the seventeenth century Ussher Chronology.

I have personally read the entire Bible, and nowhere in it does it say that the Earth's lifespan is six thousand years. Nowhere. Ussher's interpolation is based on a verse from Daniel stating that a day to God is as a thousand years are to man. So since there are seven days of creation in Genesis 1, Ussher decided - completely at odds with the order in which the text reads - that the days of creation were not days of creation at all, but thousand year periods starting at the beginning of known history.

This completely ignores that a literal reading of the Bible makes it clear that the days of creation happen before the beginning of human civilization, which is why it always amazes me when supposed literalists try to explain that the Ussher or Miller interpretation is the closest possible reading. It's not. If you buy the Ussher breakdown, we're currently in the sixth day, which means human beings were created a thousand years ago. Because the text literally says that humans were created on the sixth day.

I'm not a Biblical literalist. I'm a Thelemite. But it never ceases to amaze me when I know the scriptures better than so-called literalist Christians. In fact, the closest literal reading would place the Garden of Eden story at the beginning of the sixth day, which places the creation date around 9000 BCE. I'm not a creationist so don't believe that either, but at least it's scripturally sound.

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