9. The end of times

The term “the end times or, Revelation,” is meant to indicate the glorious manifestation of Christ at the end of the last days, when the end of the World will come.

It all began with Paul of Tarsus, known as Apostle Paul or Apostle to the Gentiles. Paul, after Jesus, is undoubtedly the most important figure in the New Testament. Primitive Christianity (Judeo-Christian) was literally reformed by him. It was Paul himself who exported the new faith, bringing it out of the Jewish sphere and propagating it to the Gentiles.

Paul put all his effort into being recognized by his followers as the Apostle, a title that conferred maximum authority and power on the one who bore it, since it meant being a direct representative of Jesus. It is obvious that Paul was lying: he never knew Jesus, much less was a disciple of his, however, his conviction (which today in psychiatric diagnostic parlance might be called “paranoid delusional disorder of the grandiose type”) that he was the interpreter of the will of god and Christ did not need to stop at these details.

Paul in the throes of messianic delusions moves in a very personal spiritual world that, according to him, leads him to experience some mystical episodes and, finally, to see himself as the true messianic envoy destined to prepare the way for the imminent return of the heavenly “son of Man” who would come to earth to raise the dead and establish the “kingdom of god.”

The “end times” began with Paul, he was an apocalyptic and taught that:

We do not want then to leave you in ignorance, brethren, about those who have died, lest you continue to grieve like others who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again; so also, those who are dead, God will gather them through Jesus together with him. This we say to you at the word of the lord: we who live and will still be alive for the coming of the lord will have no advantage over those who are dead. For the lord himself, at a command, at the voice of the archangel and the sound of the trumpet of god, will descend from heaven. And first the dead in Christ shall rise; then we, the living, the survivors, shall be raptured together with them in the clouds, to meet the lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” (Letter 1 Thessalonians 4:13,18).

Recall that Paul was in direct contact with his imaginary god, so there was not an iota of error in his “predictions!” in fact, he kept preaching to stay awake and ready:

“Concerning then the times and moments, brethren, you need not I write to you about them; for you well know that as a thief by night, so shall the day of the lord come. And when it shall be said, Peace and safety, then suddenly shall ruin come upon them, as the pangs a pregnant woman; and none shall escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that that day may surprise you like a thief: for you all are children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep like others, but let us keep awake and be sober.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1,6).

“This I say unto you, brethren: the time is now come short; henceforth let them that have wives live as though they had not; they that weep, as though they wept not, and they that enjoy, as though they enjoyed not; they that buy, as though they possessed not; they that use of the world, as though they used not the full of it: for the scene of this world passeth away!” (1 Corinthians 7:29,31).

“Do not murmur, as some of them murmured and fell victim to the exterminator. All these things, however, happened to them as an example, and they were written for our admonition, of us for whom the end of time has come.” (1 Corinthians 10:10,11).

The anonymous author named Mark writing about 15 years after 1 Corinthians obviously invents an apocalyptic script for Jesus-obviously, Jesus Christ, in fact, will be an apocalyptic character. Mark writes:

“and Jesus said… The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

“And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There are some here present, which shall not die without having seen the kingdom of god come with power” (Mark 9:1).

“Verily I say unto you, there shall not pass away this generation before all these things have come to pass” (Mark 13:30).

“as then to that day or hour, no one knows them, not even the angels in heaven, nor the son, but only the father” (Mark 13:32).

Believers are convinced that the new testament is true word of god, in fact, the Catholic church has been very clear, everything in the holy scriptures is to be considered true. We read:

(Second Vatican Council, Constitution Dei Verbum, Nov. 18, 1965, No. 11, EB 686, DS 4215). “Since, therefore, everything that the inspired authors or hagiographers assert is to be held to be asserted by the Holy Spirit, it must be held, as a consequence, that the books of Scripture teach with certainty, faithfully and without error the truth which God, for our salvation, willed to be delivered in the sacred Scriptures.”

(Vatican. Catechism of the Catholic Church). “…God is the author of Sacred Scripture. The divinely revealed things, which in the books of Sacred Scripture are contained and presented, were delivered under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Holy Mother Church, by apostolic faith, holds sacred and canonical all the entire books of both the Old and New Testaments, with all their parts, because, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have god as their author and as such were delivered to the Church. God inspired the human authors of the Sacred Books.  For the composition of the Sacred Books, god chose men, whom he used in the possession of their faculties and abilities, so that, acting himself in them and through them, they might write as true authors all and only those things which he desired. Inspired books teach the truth. Since, therefore, everything that the inspired authors or hagiographers assert is to be held to have been asserted by the Holy Spirit, it must be declared, accordingly, that the books of Scripture firmly, faithfully and without error teach the truth that god for our salvation willed to be delivered in the Sacred Letters.

Yet, the prophecies are glaringly wrong. Mark and Paul got the prediction wrong; therefore, the sacred scriptures are not god’s word.

The other anonymous author named Matthew also reports the same thing:

“From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17).

“And as you go on, preach that the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 10:7).

“When they persecute you in one city, flee into another; verily I say unto you, ye shall not have finished going through the cities of Israel, before the son of man cometh” (Matthew 10:23).

“Verily I say unto you, there are some among them that shall not die until they see the son of man come in his kingdom” (Matthew 10:23).

“Jesus said to them, do you see all these things? Verily I say unto you, there shall not stone upon stone be left here that is not crumbled. Then sitting down on the Mount of Olives, his disciples came to him and… Verily I tell you, this generation will not pass away before all this happens. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. As for that day and hour, however, no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father(Matthew 24:2,36).

After all this useless sermon, Matthew makes it clear that all this nonsense should have taken place two thousand years ago. Yet nothing!

 

Not only that, the other anonymous author named Luke also confirms that:

“Verily I tell you, there are some here present who will not die before they see the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:27).

“Heal the sick that are there, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is at hand for you” (Luke 10:9).

“Sell what you have and give it in alms; make for yourselves purses that will not grow old, an unfailing treasure in heaven…” (Luke 12:33,47).

“Truly I say to you, this generation shall not pass away until all this has taken place” (Luke 21:32).

The author of the first letter of Peter also says the same thing:

“The end of all things is at hand. Therefore, be moderate and sober, to devote yourselves to prayer” (1 Peter 4:7).

REFLECTION: But wasn’t Jesus Christ god? And god, is he not omniscient, perfect and infallible? Aren’t sacred scriptures supposed to be the word of god? How could they be so blatantly wrong in predicting the day of judgment… Yet Christ was very clear:

“Truly I tell you, this generation shall not pass away before all these things have come to pass.”

According to his prediction, the end of time was predicted about 2,000 years ago. Unfortunately, the problem is that he didn’t know the day and the time…poor guy, that’s why…. But look at that coincidence, he knows that the end of time is imminent, but he doesn’t know the details. Therefore, Jesus Christ is not god. It is clear!

Strange, the anonymous author called John says exactly the opposite, he says Jesus is just god, no doubt about it. We read:

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us; and we saw his glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

“God no one has ever seen him: just the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has revealed him” (John 1:18).

“(Jesus speaking) I and the father are one” (John 10:30).

“(Jesus speaking) If ye know me, ye shall know the father also: even now ye know him, and have seen him” (John 14:7)

“Jesus answered him, Have I been with you so long, and you have not known me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the father. How can you say, Show us the father?  Do you not believe that I am in the father and the father is in me? The words that I speak to you, I do not speak them from me; but the Father who is with me does his works. Believe me: I am in the father, and the father is in me; if nothing else, believe it by the works themselves” (John 14:9,11).

REFLECTION: There are two possibilities: all the authors told lies, consequently the New Testament tells lies and, is not god’s word (correct answer), or imaginary god is not omniscient and perfect, therefore is limited (correct answer).

 

Regarding the hoax of the predicted end times two thousand years ago, even the pseudo-epigraphic authors of Paul and Peter (thus not written by Paul and Peter) had noticed it. Seeing the years go by without anything happening, the gullible began to grow impatient. The early Christian communities in fact, no longer able to justify the delay of the end times and, the second coming of their imaginary Christ to the world to judge men, shifted their sights from their present to an undefined future, as if to say: in the coming days it will surely rain, a classic of all prophecies

Thus, without a hint of shame between 67 A.D. and 160 A.D. they modified the end times in this way:

“Now we beseech you, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our reunion with him, not to be so easily confounded and troubled, either by pretended inspirations, or by words, or by some letter passed off as ours, as if the day of the Lord were imminent. Let no one deceive you in any way! For first the apostasy must take place and the unrighteous man must be revealed, the son of perdition, the one who opposes and rises above every being who is called god or is an object of worship, even to the point of sitting in the temple of god, pointing to himself as god” (Second Letter to the Thessalonians 2:1,4).

“This first of all you must know, that mocking mockers will come in the last days […] and say, where is the promise of his coming? From the day our fathers closed their eyes everything remains as at the beginning of creation. […] Beloved: before the lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. The lord does not delay in fulfilling his promise, as some believe; but he uses patience toward you, not wanting that any should perish, but that all should have opportunity to repent. The day of the Lord will come like a thief; then the heavens with a roar will pass away, the elements consumed by heat will dissolve…” (2 Peter 3:3,10).

With the usual effrontery these New Testament writings now claim that the end times have been postponed with no appointed day, no term or deadline. It is therefore inferred from what these other two charlatans say that when Jesus says “Verily I say unto you,” he does not know what he is saying, he is not aware that one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like one day. Therefore, they confirmed that: all the authors previously (Paul & company) told lies, consequently the New Testament tells lies, or that their imaginary god is not omniscient and perfect but is limited. 

Conclusion: Even today, billions of people believe the end times nonsense told by Paul, Mark and then all the others. Jesus did not say or do anything that Paul tells. Paul and the early followers knew nothing about Jesus, consequently Mark (and all the others), the first to invent the fable of Christ, put things in his mouth and made him do things he never said or did.