["Caution: the following may contain Christian message." Saw that on The Simpsons, lol]
With the deep state of disrepair in the economy, society, environment, and human psyche, people are starting to wonder if we can recover. End of Days scenarios are increasingly mentioned, and not in hushed tones anymore. It's not just the crackpots talking about it when you see headlines like this one in the Wall Street Journal, "Time to Load up the Pantry."
End of Days refers to the time when Jesus in His Olivet Discourse, answered the Apostles' questions about how we will know when the last days have arrived before Jesus comes back to take up His believers and then judge the non-believers.
"Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come."
There is more, of course, and not just in the New Testament, but Matthew 24 is a good place to start.
One item in the news lately causing consternation is the Large Hadron Collider. Situated in Switzerland deep in a mountain, its goal "is to establish the existence of the "Higgs Boson" particle. It is thought that the Higgs Boson is what gives matter "mass". To observe it, the LHC will be colliding Hadrons (specifically Protons) together at unimaginably high speeds. Six principle experiments at the LHC aim to explore fundamental elements of existence areas such as gravity, mass, matter, antimatter, the origins of the universe and extra dimensions of spacetime. We don’t typically hear much about that in the news." I do not think the LHC will play a role in our unraveling, but it's interesting nonetheless. And there's always the slim chance I could be wrong. ;)
Opponents of the LHC experiment claim "that the LHC could create mini black holes that may last long enough to get out of control and start eating things up." Well, that would be bad.
In 2005, the BBC created a 6-part documentary that shows the likeliest six ways we may be hurtling toward an ELE (extinction level event). Five parts were shown in the US. The fifth part, "Supervolcano" (at Yellowstone) did not appear. The sixth part shows the LHC and, yes you guessed it, a black hole emanating from the tips of the LHC starts eating everything up. It's an interesting series, "showing fictional scientist Dr. Howell, played by Glenn Conroy, as he travels from his London hotel room to his laboratory in New York City, and shows how each scenario affects his journey as well as those around him, with various experts providing commentary on that specific disaster as it unfolds."
You can see all six parts on YouTube. Here is part 1 to get you started. Oh, did I mention the LHC is due to be turned on in a week or so? I feel a strangelet coming on!