reply to post by Human4life
Since you asked about the significance of the date October 16th, I thought I would add this:
Have you ever heard of the Indian spiritual master, Meher Baba? For him, October 16 was the beginning of the New Life. He spoke of a New Humanity,
essentially God's kingdom being established on earth. No more giving in to anger, lust, or greed...just loving God and our fellow human beings in
harmony with one another. (To act this out, on October 16, 1949, at age 55, he abandoned his home, possessions, friends, etc., i.e. "the Old Life,"
and wandered around India for a few years, begging for food, putting his life entirely in God's hands, with only a small group of companions, all of
whom had to live by strict rules, such as always being cheerful, not giving in to lust, anger, greed, etc.).
But Meher Baba also spoke about the lust, greed, anger, etc. reaching their height before the whole world would cry out to God. He said a "dark
cloud" would burst, and we would feel like God had abandoned us at first. But when we cry out to God, God finally breaks His silence and speaks the
original Word again, and the New Life will be established.
He also said 3/4 of the world would be destroyed, but we wouldn't understand what this truly means until after it has happened. So it maybe
shouldn't be taken literally.
Ironically Meher Baba is also the one who coined the famous phrase, "Don't worry, be happy." But I think for him it meant trusting God, trusting
life no matter what happens. It's meant to be a serious spiritual discipline, just like what Yeshua said in the Sermon on the Mount, about not being
anxious for tomorrow, what we shall eat or what we shall wear, to trust that God knows exactly what we need before we do, and will provide it.
It sounds like you're a Christian, so you may not care to hear these words from someone most Christians would regard as a "false prophet." I
wouldn't mention it, except that you seem very desperate to understand any possible meaning attached to "October 16th", and I feel this would
possibly be something more positive...while still acknowledging that yes, the world could go through a collective dark night of the soul before
emerging into the New Day.
I also know people who have had intense visions of many cataclysmic events befalling humanity...but not necessarily any dates involved...they feel the
time is getting close, though. They also feel that we must hold on to God, no matter what, that He will help us.
So, since you follow Yeshua, I urge you to always keep Him close to you in your heart, and He will be with you through everything, and doesn't want
you to be afraid.