Present Tense

The End Times

lightIt feels as if we are being overtaken by chaos.  The massive, scary and often, violent events in the world seem as if they are happening in more rapid succession than ever.  Shootings, bombings, coups, Brexit, riots; a global primal scream that we can watch in real time, all over the world.

My husband mentioned Armageddon or apocalypse the other day while we were watching the news out of Nice, France and then Turkey the next day.  I started thinking about that.

Many have predicted ‘the end times’ in scripture (not necessarily Christian, but that too) and various prophesies.   They usually have a similar theme: “God” sends a flood or famine or wars or Christ, etc. to cleanse us, so that we can begin again with a kinder, gentler humanity.

So, maybe that IS what’s happening.  Maybe this IS Armageddon or some sort of ‘end times’.  It all feels very Old Testament right now.  Wars, retribution, tribalism, closing borders, shutting down, pulling inward. FEAR, FEAR, FEAR!  ANGER, ANGER, ANGER!

We hear calls for ‘tougher’ leaders.  Someone who will shut us in our castle and fill the moat with alligators and land mines to keep the bad guys out.  We’ll close ourselves off because the rest of the world doesn’t have our best interests at heart.  THEY WANT TO KILL US!

Tribal.  Low energy.  Not taking responsibility for our past actions.  Not recognizing that our aggression and arrogance may have caused and fostered much of this violence.

There are many stories of these types of societies and kingdoms in the Bible and they are usually beset with horrors from God as punishment, until they are eradicated or they repent.

So, is this what’s happening?  Is this the proverbial flood that washed the earth clean for Noah?  It’s interesting that many of the most devout are not seeing their culpability in many of our current conflicts.  It’s ‘everyone else’.

The ‘end times’ are supposedly paving the way for the return of Christ.  But, many feel that he will not return as a man or a woman or a human, but instead as a consciousness.  Christ Consciousness.  We carry this consciousness and can all become Christ like.  We love, forgive, realize our connections to all that is.  We care for everyone and everything. We see the earth as a living, breathing entity, rather than something to pillage and crap on.

We truly love our neighbors, even if we don’t much like them or agree with them.  We treat them with empathy and respect.  All of the things that Jesus taught us the first time around, will flower in the consciousness and energy of man.

This is also the prophecy of ‘the new age’ that many feel is upon us.  Maybe this is the complete chaos and degradation that has to happen in order for us to rise from the ashes.  We have to get so sick of the dysfunction, lies, violence, anger, hatred, barbarism and hypocrisy that we finally surrender; we ‘see the light’, we alter our outlook and reactions and begin to see that love is our true nature.

It’s what all of the ancient texts of every religion and spiritual teachings say.  Love yourself because God loves you.  Love your fellow humans, love the earth, love nature, love your enemies.  Can you imagine what would happen if we all just followed the basic rules laid out since the beginning of time?

What if we stopped digging in our heels about our political beliefs?  What if we began to find our commonality?  What if we all just admitted that we’re scared shitless right now and that we know in our gut that in order to change the world, we have to heal ourselves, first and foremost.  What if we just admitted that we know damned well that no politician is going to fix this huge, monstrous, complex, corrupt, crazy world?

Again, I will use this word: surrender.  Surrender to your inner light that says more love is necessary.  That anger and hating makes you feel awful and is the real root of our collective pain.  We WANT to love and be loved.  We want to live peacefully and in order to do that, we have to surrender to our true nature.

Yes, I’m a dreamer.  I know that you’re saying I’m naïve and it’s ‘kill or be killed’.  But at some point, we do have to alter this path of escalation and retribution because it’s causing more and more and more trauma and trauma causes people to behave badly.

We are processing thousands of years of human history right now.  That’s what’s happening.  We’ve reached a breaking or tipping point where the vast majority of humans on this planet have collectively realized their ancestral pain and have begun expressing it.  The light bulb has gone off and they see that they are not benefiting from modern life in the ways that they were promised.

All of this chaos is necessary.  It’s shining a light on people’s pain and suffering; we can’t fix that, until we  acknowledge it.  So, here we are, all of us standing in that bright light and we can’t get away.  That’s as it should be.  Allow the light to cleanse and infuse your spirit and then go shine it on the world.


July 17, 2016 - Posted by | Musings | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. I liked the post. I think it is something to consider. We were taking about at breakfast even though my family thinks I am a little crazy.

    Comment by oatmealo | July 17, 2016 | Reply

    • Seers are always thought to be crazy. Until it comes true:)

      Comment by janelondon | July 17, 2016 | Reply

  2. Jane, This post brings to mind a book I absolutely loved—-“The Last Day” by Glenn Kleier. It’s a good read and socially thought provoking.

    Comment by Kathy Weisse | July 17, 2016 | Reply

  3. Surrender! Yes! And part of that is giving up your right to revenge, or even justice. Choose to be peaceful.

    Comment by Jim Grey | July 17, 2016 | Reply

  4. I love this and I love you. I truly believe we have everything we need to ascend through these times. Love is all we need.

    Comment by Margie Jennings | July 17, 2016 | Reply

  5. My favorite post of yours so far. Thank you for putting these thoughts on paper. I think we can all relate, and they transcend some of our petty “pet peeves” that we may have grown up with in our churches, synagogues or mosques.

    Comment by patsy ayite | July 17, 2016 | Reply

  6. “and let it begin with meeeeee”

    Comment by Tim Lankerd | July 17, 2016 | Reply

  7. Perfectly said! Thank you.

    Comment by Lori Hitchcock | July 18, 2016 | Reply

  8. Some of what you wrote is what we heard at our church yesterday. The basis was to love everyone. Even those you don’t like. The pastor said there is no loop hole. We are to love. Thanks, Jane!

    Comment by Kathy Graybill | July 18, 2016 | Reply

  9. Thank you Jane! I look forward to reading your posts. This one did not disappoint – it’s what I try to teach my children everyday.

    Comment by Meredith | July 18, 2016 | Reply

  10. “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

    “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.” Luke 6:35

    “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me [Jesus] you can do nothing. John 15:5

    Only in and through Christ can we love each other…love needs to be a fact, not a feeling. Your blog was thought provoking. Thanks

    Comment by setyourpathsstraight | September 1, 2016 | Reply

  11. I just wrote this. I tend to deal with our current affairs by focusing on what has always been our responsibility as people. This one was written a few days ago and I share as it is a different and abstract look at Chaos and the narrow way those in Christian walk.

    Comment by Michael Schepers | February 25, 2017 | Reply

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