October 28, 2020

Hmm…Signs of the Times?



It has been quite a week. I wonder if we are seeing “signs of the times”?

  • A Roman Catholic Pope resigns for the first time in over 600 years.
  • G20 global finance leaders gather in Moscow (and a meteor explodes in Russian skies — coincidence?)
  • Another person in Great Britain has contracted a potentially fatal SARS-like virus which the World Health Organization says was unknown in humans until a few months ago.
  • On Valentine’s Day, the Illinois Senate voted to approve a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, which would make it the 10th state in the nation, along with the District of Columbia, to change its laws regarding traditional marriage.
  • Rob Bell released a video trailer and tour dates for his new book. Also, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science announced a new movie titled “The Unbelievers” that will premiere in 2013.
  • North Korea defiantly conducted their latest nuclear test just hours before President Obama’s State of the Union address.
  • In a “cosmic coincidence,” a meteor entered the earth’s atmosphere, exploding near the Ural Mountain city of Chelyabinsk in Russia, injuring over a thousand people at the same time an asteroid came close to the earth.
  • As the U.S. government faces a huge deadline regarding sequestration budget cuts, President Obama is making ready to visit the Middle East in March.

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Make up your own “end-times” scenario.


  1. “The future’s uncertain and the end is always near…..,” a reading from the Book of the Prophet Jim Morrison.

  2. If only there was some pastor with a blog who could put this all together for me.

    As for my end-times signs, I have seen several households that have dogs and cats living together…

  3. I can’t wait for the rapture so I can finally get that Camaro I’ve always wanted once its driver disappears.

  4. David Cornwell says

    And lightening supposely struck St Perers hours after the Pope’s announcement.

  5. That wasn’t a meteor… it was a cosmic Angry Bird.

  6. I just watched a video about giant black holes greater than 10 billion sun units in weight that devour entire galaxies. And we get excited about one meteor.

  7. And the Cubs may move out of their neighborhood.

  8. Oh…RAPTURE!

    I thought they were saying RUPTURE.

    I’ve got my hernia belt all set and everything.

  9. Here’s my list of End Times events! 😛

    1. John Piper is elected by the College of Cardinals to be the next Pope. He’s already had enough “on the job training” for that role.

    2. The Chicago Cubs win the World Series 😛

    3. The Buffalo Bills win Three Superbowls back to back.

    4. OJ Simpson makes a comeback on the big screen.

    5. Leslie Nielson makes a dramatic comeback as Officer Frank Drebin in Naked Gun 4!

    6. Israel attacks Iran

    7. Mullets come back in style

    8. There is a new faith show that is a cross between “The Price is Right” and “Praise the Lord”

    9. The Mecca of fundamentalism in the US…Colorado Springs is hit by an earthquake, fire, tornado, hurricane and Milli Vanilli fans lip-synching their songs! 😛

    10. David Crowder starts cranking out new hymns on an organ.

    11. Mark Driscoll becomes a marriage counselor. 😛


  10. I would be lying if I didn’t say that on December 21st, I was very relieved to hear that nothing was happening around the world when I woke up that morning. It’s getting tougher to push aside coincidence and start to think about “The Times”. Pray for Peace, pray for your family, walk in God’s favor. That’s all we really can do now…..besides wait. 🙂

  11. Well, end of the world or not, I am pretty sure that I will be gone from this planet in forty years or less, so every day is a good day to love God and others and pray for mercy and grace!

    • MelissatheRagamuffin says


    • I had dinner with a bunch of atheists last night. One of the topics that came up was our own mortality. Not surprising, as this wasn’t the younger set, but an older set with the routine ills of age. It certainly didn’t jibe with the stereotype that atheists are ignoring their mortality. Of course, this was a set of former Catholic atheists (all of us alumni of Loyola on the lakeshore) so maybe that had something to do with it.

  12. Signs of the Times: People are no longer obsessed with the need to criticize Piper and Driscoll

  13. And now for a few words of perspective from Bruce Cockburn:


  14. Awww, but mommy, I want to play pin the tail on the Antichrist!

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