Dear 100 Hour Board,
So hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, people killing each other, all sorts of scary stuff happening. Seems pretty apocalyptic to me. Yes, Church doctrine says no one knows when Christ will come again, but I want to hear your opinions. Do you think it's the end of the world?
-The end is coming!
As Alta points out below, there hasn't necessarily been an uptick in the occurrence of all the bad things that we see around us. Yeah, hurricanes are getting bigger and more frequent (thanks, climate change), but bad things have generally been happening throughout the course of history.
However, my reason for believing that the end of the world is not quite imminent is that not everything that has been prophesied has been fulfilled. This article outlines some of the things that still need to happen. In case you don't want to click the link, here's the list without any of the explanations:
- The gospel needs to be preached to every part of the world
- Congregations of saints must be found all over the earth
- Baptisms for the dead need to take place in the Holy Land (Jerusalem)
- Church headquarters must be moved to Missouri
- The Savior need to appear in His temple
- The great council/sacrament meeting at Adam-Ondi-Ahman needs to take place
- The sun must be darkened, the moon turn to blood, and the stars fall from the sky
Those are just the events that are covered in that article, but there are others — like the two prophets being killed in Jerusalem or the literal gathering of Israel — that you can find if you study the scriptures.
Oh, so lots of things are happening that have been happening for millions of years? Sorry, I'm not trying to be flippant, but none of this stuff is new. It's not even new to have a lot of them happening in conjunction. The facts of the matter are, we live in a fallen world, and that means that bad things happen, sometimes with frightening regularity (see: this answer about bad things that have happened throughout history). And some of the signs of the Second Coming are vague enough that people have been predicting it for thousands of years. People in the apostle Paul's time thought the Second Coming was nigh. Then people during Joseph Smith's time thought the same thing. It's human nature to see bad things and think that it's more serious than anything else has ever been, but usually it's not.
So while I can't definitively say it's not the end of the world (I'm not dumb enough to challenge God's authority on something like that), I personally don't believe it is.
No, I don't think so though, like Alta, am not challenging God's authority. I feel like if we blame all the bad things that happen in the world on the end coming, we won't work as hard to either provide relief for their victims or prevent more bad things from happening in the future (in the case of violence). There are scary things happening in the world right now, but--again, not challenging God's authority here--no apocalypse is just going to sweep them all away for us. We (meaning the collective human race) have to our part on the individual or communal level to make changes where we can.
I'm not super great with that personally and am prone to griping about social issues or showing concern for natural disasters without doing much. But the older I get, the more I realize that there's always terrifying stuff happening and, while we live in the latter days, there's a good change that we're not going to see the second coming. So it might be good to live as if the world is not ending tomorrow and do what we can to make it a better place, however we interpret that.
Buuut, you know, having a good food storage and emergency kit is never a bad idea. Not just for the random happenstance that the end of the world is nigh but also for natural disasters in general.
Dear you and all the writers,
The world is definitely going to end in the next week or so and we're all gonna die.
Keep it real,
Sherpa Done with this semester
Of course the world is ending. We're in the latter days. But the finale is probably still a ways off.