Barber: The End is Near!

Matt Barber’s latest column is described this way by the Worldnetdaily: “Matt Barber describes ‘an Islamo-‘progressive’ axis of evil’ battling Truth.” Things like that just make me laugh. It’s just inane gibberish, meaningless drivel. This cracks me up too:

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.”

– Matthew 24:6

I’m not quite ready, just yet, to put on my “The End is Nigh!” sandwich board and go about street preaching in Times Square. Still, for anyone gifted with the Spirit of discernment, it’s hard to ignore the heavy stench of unparalleled spiritual warfare that hangs thick in the air. It pongs as sulfur from Old Faithful in every corner of the earth.

The world is in chaos as never before. Read the news. You see it. You feel it. You know it.

Here’s the shortlist: The specter of an Ebola pandemic, jihadist genocide, the exploding conflict in Israel, Gaza and the larger Middle East, Russia, China, a nuclear Iran, the American border crisis, the collapsing global economy, sexual anarchy, child corruption, the deconstruction of marriage, the abortion holocaust, worldwide rebellion against God’s natural order and a whole lot more.

It looks as though, at any moment, it might all come crashing down with universally catastrophic consequences.

Wars and rumors of wars. Like there’s a time in human history when that hasn’t been true? Christians in every age have believed they were living in the end times because the predictions of what would precede those times are always happening. You can pick out any random 5 year period in human history and make a virtually identical list, even if you leave off all the items that are really just “shit Matt Barber doesn’t like.” If Barber were alive in the 14th century, he’d be listing the black plague, the war between the British and Castille, the Byzantine civil war, the Hundred Years War, the killing of Jews in Switzerland and many other things as evidence of the last days. It’s like saying “you’ll know we’re in the end times when the sun rises in the east.”

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  • Chiroptera

    Here’s the shortlist: The specter of an Ebola pandemic, jihadist genocide, the exploding conflict in Israel, Gaza and the larger Middle East, Russia, China, a nuclear Iran, the American border crisis, the collapsing global economy, sexual anarchy, child corruption, the deconstruction of marriage, the abortion holocaust, worldwide rebellion against God’s natural order and a whole lot more.

    Except for the specific examples (like replace Ebola with Spanish flu), doesn’t this pretty much describe 1910-1930?

    Barbara Tuchman in A Distant Mirror pretty well describes how the events of the 14th century were seen as the fullfillment of these exact same prophecies.

  • dugglebogey

    I contend that children are less exploited now than any time in human history. In the west, at least, and hopefully progressing everywhere.

  • busterggi

    Christians just wouldn’t be happy if they didn’t believe the world is going to end in their lifetimes. Kinda makes me want to sing ‘Tomorrow’ from Annie.

  • Doug Little

    And yet we still manage to get through the day. I don’t know how we do it.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    Man, it does not take much to get banned as a commenter on WND. I rarely use obscenities and I have been blocked from commenting, from some previous remark, apparently. I guess I will wear it as a badge of honor, but man, they must be pretty thin-skinned.

  • https://www.facebook.com/jon.fleming.359 Jon Fleming

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  • jws1

    skinnercitycyclist: What did you do, quote them directly? You know they hate that the most…

  • Michael Heath

    Ed writes:

    If Barber were alive in the 14th century, he’d be listing the black plague, the war between the British and Castille, the Byzantine civil war, the Hundred Years War, the killing of Jews in Switzerland and many other things as evidence of the last days.

    Other things like beginning of the Ottoman Empire, The Great Famine of 1315 – 1317, the beginning of the Renaissance, and the term ‘Dark Ages’ being popularized, partly to describe Christianist influence on western civilization.

  • jws1

    Heath: A trend I’ve noticed among some historians is to try to rescue the reputation of the Middle Ages – “Hey! They weren’t dark! That’s all a smear job by the Renaissance!”

  • Pierce R. Butler

    dugglebogey @ # 2: … children are less exploited now than any time in human history.

    He didn’t say “child exploitation”, he said “child corruption”.

    I find it hard to believe that children were less bribable then than now. If anything, it takes even more candy to lure them into one’s black sedan now than ever before.

    What?

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Company_of_the_Wolf podkayne

    The American border crisis is a sign of the end times? Americancentric much?

    As for the rest of the gibberish, I’ll see your Islamic Jihad and ebola pandemic and raise you 2 world wars and the Spanish Flu.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    ‘an Islamo-’progressive’ axis of evil’

    Wingnuts sure do love their oxymorons. We should come up with a game to invent new ones before they do. I hereby nominate “homeless-elitists”. Does that win any points? Who’s with me?

  • dougindeap

    My fingers were poised over the keyboard as I considered commenting on his post, but I ultimately abandoned the idea as I could find nothing in his post actually worth discussing.

  • anubisprime

    “The End is Near!….Send money!”

    (Well a grifters got to grift)

  • dingojack

    busterggi (#3) – [sings] ‘Gomorrah, Gomorrah, we’ll love ya Gomorrah’….

    :) Dingo

    ————

    PS: Matt S., perhaps that sulphurous smell you can ‘detect’ is god preparing to wipe out America (Yellowstone Caldera, anyone?) for the same sins as Sodom and Gomorrah. Not homosexuality Matt — pride, arrogance and a distinct lack of charity to the poor, homeless and hungry.

  • dingojack

    See here for the collapsing (American) economy.

    Dingo

  • matty1

    I was taught that quote is warning Christians against predicting the end of the world. It basically says don’t assume every war is the beginning of the end, there’s going to be a whole lot of them before then.

  • Richard Smith

    @busterggi (#3):

    Kinda makes me want to sing ‘Tomorrow’ from Annie.

    The sun won’t come out tomorrow

    So you got to hang on

    ‘Til tomorrow, come what may!

    The End Times, The End Times, I love them, The End Times,

    They’re always a day away!

  • John Pieret

    matty1 @ 17:

    I was taught that quote is warning Christians against predicting the end of the world.

    You don’t think the Matt Barbers of the world attempt to read the Bible with any understanding, do you? It is just a talisman, like a witch doctor’s rattle, that they shake in the direction of anything they don’t like. Their “understanding” of the Bible come from preachers who, in turn, got it from preachers who, in turn … etc., etc., in a game of “Telephone” gone horribly wrong.