posted on Dec, 13 2013 @ 04:19 PM
I think it is a mistake to try and interpret prophecy literally, especially this far removed from the language and mindset of the day. For example the
dragon image has very different connotations to the sinophobic and utterly nonmystical modern american mindset than it likely had when penned in
What I do like about biblical prophecy though is that religion necessarily addresses the most enduring impasses in the human condition. When modern,
seemingly unconnected issues roughly mirror prophecy, I take that to mean that there are older underlying causes to be understood which we can gain
insight on from others who dealt with it in the past.
For example, I think Jesus was the Roman equivalent of the guys you see today forming militias, declaring themselves sovereign citizens, and trying to
unilaterally invalidate the government. Big unresponsive dehumanizing imperial systems- Babylon if you like- and the impulse to move backwards toward
defunct local power bases- are at the heart of Christianity. It was born and oriented against Roman globalism (as an offshoot of Judaism, itself born
of the plight of defunct tribal societies in the age of empires) and it will always provide partial metaphors for the struggle to maintain our
individual identities in the face of growing and centralizing authority. If the bad guys are from the same place everytime, thats geography for you.
Look at The Great Game bring echoed in Afghanistan- I'm sure Muslim terrorists see that as evidence of prophecy waiting to unfold, but it's just
America can fit nicely into any side of the prophecy you want us on because we are subject to the same history the rest of the world inherited.
This brings up the possibility that WWIII will be an attempt to fulfill prophecies that were never literally true.
What if a pan-islamic movement sweeps into power in Syria, Iraq, and Egypt as a result of the recent revolutions, then Yellowstone blows or some other
wrath of god level disaster disables the West? Might that be taken as a sign of the 12th Imam or whatever and prompt not only an attack on Israel but
through SE Europe or across the Med to Italy and Vatican City? What would be the role of African Christian militias if they saw that happening?
Prophecy might start the war but not dictate the entire outcome.