There’s talk of the End of the World approaching again – and this time Christians attest the biblical proof that planet Earth might be approaching the end of an Age is irrefutable. They say the signs are all around us: The 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck the Cayman Trough in January, simmering tensions between the U.S. and Iran that nearly escalated into full-blown war, the devastating brush fires and dust storms that ravaged Australia, the locust swarms plaguing Africa that threatens the food-security of millions, political turmoil in Europe that paved the way for Britain to turn its back on its EU neighbors, climatic extremes across the globe, and the outbreak of a virulent pandemic of COVID-19, along with its brutal cannibalization of global financial markets.
The End of the World, as many Christian scholars see it, doesn’t mean the world is going to end tomorrow or next week but that recent earth-shaking events are a warning-sign that we are about to enter a novel period of planetary turmoil or tribulation. In the bible, this foreboding period of unprecedented global suffering and distress is preceded by a divine intervention by God in the course of human affairs. Hopi Elders even have a name for it. They refer to this troublesome period as The Great Purification and they say few are likely to survive it.