And recently, in Islamophobic Armageddonist hallucinations …
From World Nut … er, Net … Daily:
“The story is simply this,” said Middle East expert and theologian Joel Richardson. “While many Christians today are wondering if we’re in the end times, or approaching the end times, there are many, many Muslims throughout the earth today that believe the end times are here.”
The result, he said, is that the Syrian conflict is not a civil war, but is it being “perceived by both sides as being a sign of the soon coming of the final apocalyptic wars.”
Richardson is not unfamiliar with the ideas, having produced “Islam and the End Times” DVDs and having written “The Islamic Antichrist,” which argues simply that the biblical prophecy about the end of the world will be triggered by an Antichrist from the Islamic world.
He explains that some Muslims believe just before Mahdi, Islam’s end times imam, arrives on earth, there will be the Sufyani, a predicted Muslim tyrant who will spread corruption, mischief and terror, killing children and women.
The belief is that the Sufyani is one of characters the Madhi will have to defeat.
Richardson said members of both sides fighting in Syria now apparently believe the other side includes the Sufyani, and they are intent on killing him to usher in the Madhi.
“They believe they are part of that final Muslim army,” Richardson said. That means, within Islam, “There’s a heightened motivation to die in the battle.”
Richardson, an internationally recognized speaker on the topics of biblical prophecy and the Middle East, and a featured guest on “The Glenn Beck Show,” “The Mike Huckabee Show” and others, is not alone in his observation that there’s something about the Middle East.
And this is different from American right wing fundagelical beliefs that Putin is Gog or Magog exactly … how?
Well-known physicist Michio Kaku and other members of the American Physical Society asked Congress to appropriate $100 million to harden the country’s electrical grid against solar flares.
Kaku explains that a solar flare like the one that hit the U.S. in 1859 would – in the current era of nuclear power and electric refrigeration – cause Armageddon.
Not only could such a flare bring on hundreds of Fukushima-type accidents, but it could well cause food riots globally.— via Washingtons Blog.
But competence porn is grander than even this. Imagine that global civilisation has collapsed - from a lethally virulent pandemic, say.
You’ve woken up with the mother of all hangovers and fallen in with a community of other post-apocalyptic survivors.
What could you do to help yourself survive and thrive in the aftermath, and begin the long process of rebuilding from the ashes? Would your practical know-how stand up to the test?— Competence porn. I like it. “What to do after the apocalypse" (Times Live)