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• A short history of .. The end of the world.  Heads Up 
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The end of the world 

   The Weekend Australian Magazine ( magazinefeedback § theaustralian com au ), p 10, Saturday-Sunday, January 16-17, 2010
I F THE MAYANS WERE RIGHT, we have just under two years before the world ends, when their calendar did, on December 21, 2012.  This may be a relief to Tiger Woods, though a severe disappointment to others.
   But the trouble with telling the future, as many a climate scientist will attest, is that eventually time catches up with the prediction and can leave the prophet red-faced.  Here are a few more apocalyptic promises unfulfilled:
   156 AD: Montanus predicts the New Jerusalem is to descend from heaven to land in his home town of Pepuza (in modern-day Turkey)
   365: Hilary of Poitiers announces the world will end that year
   500: Vandal invasions in Europe remind people that the 6000 years assigned to man's existence since Creation have elapsed
   793: Beatus, Abbott of Liebana, says the apocalypse is imminent
   1000: Many Christian authorities declare this the date of the Second Coming
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   1186: Spanish astrologers announce the new world order is coming, and recommend people hide in caves
   1284: Pope Innocent III proclaims the world will end 666 years after the founding of Islam
   1366: The Antichrist is due to arrive, says Jean de Roquetaillade, with the end of the world close behind him

  [Picture] Line drawing of a skeleton clad in a cloth and wielding a scythe, riding a skeletal horse.  
   1533: Anabaptist prophet Melchior Hoffman says Jesus will reappear in Strasbourg to save 144,000 people at world's end
   1603: Dominican monk Tommaso Campanella says the sun will collide with the Earth
   1688: John Napier, inventor of logarithms, applies his skills to the Book of Revelation to predict the world will end this year
   1832: Mormon founder Joseph Smith predicts the New Jerusalem within a generation
   1844: US preacher William Miller and his many followers await the Second Coming of Christ by March 21
   1900: Doomsday, says Parisian priest Pierre Lacheze
   1914: Jehovah's Witnesses use the Book of Daniel to calculate the end for this year, subsequently recalculating to 1918, 1920, 1941, 1975 and 1994
   1994: Radio evangelist Harold Camping says the end will come on September 6, and thousands believe him (Camping now reckons the world will end on May 21, 2011)
   2005: Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suggests the Apocalyptic return of the Hidden Imam is imminent
   5,000,000,000 AD: Astronomers predict that by this time the sun will have become a bloated "red giant" star, whose outer layers may reach as far as the Earth, vaporising its oceans and mountains. If you're still looking for a. Doomsday scenario, here's one you can put your faith in
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   [COMMENT on the Recap.: Some writers say that the Mayan theory was that their calendar would go around again and again, so it was not a prophecy of the end of the world. ENDS.]
   [ADDITIONAL "End of the world" prophecy suite:
   Around 24 AD:  Jesus of Nazareth said "There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom." (Bible, Matthew 16:28; and see similar prophecies at Luke 9:27, 21:27 and 32; and John 1:49-51, 5:25.)
   Other N.T. prophecies:  The Acts of the Apostles 17:30-31; Hebrews 1:2, 9:26, 10:25, and 10:37; James 5:8.
   Church-approved, but of doubtful genuineness -- 1 Peter 1:20, 4:7, and 4:17.
   And, to learn about the end of the world, "which must shortly come to pass," check that book of horrible foretellings at the end of the Bible, starting at Revelation (Apocalypse) 1:1.  ENDS.]
   [COMMENT: To check these Bible quotes on the Internet, click: Spurious # Prophecies of a Quick Return on this website.  In addition, the Webmaster recommends that everyone obtain a Bible and a Koran for their homes.  COMMENT ENDS.]
   [CLOSER INTERNET CHECKING: Visit the "Online Study Bible" link below, and widen your search for the above quotations from there:
   That day God made a covenant with Abram, saying:  To thy seed will I give this land, from the river of Egypt even to the great river Euphrates. [on modern maps it flows from Turkey through Syria and Iraq] -- Judaism's and Israelite Hebrew Torah, Genesis 15:18 (Bible, Douay-Rheims, Roman Catholic, 1609)  ENDS.]
   1836: John Wesley (founder of the Methodist Church), of Britain, wrote that "the time, times and half a time" of Revelation 12:14 were 1058-1836, "when Christ should come" (apud A. M. Morris, The Prophecies Unveiled, p. 361)
   1984 to 1999: In 1983, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (who started from India), Guru of the Rajneesh movement (the Orange People), predicted massive destruction on earth, including natural disasters and man-made catastrophes.  Floods larger than any since Noah, extreme earthquakes, very destructive volcano eruptions, nuclear wars etc. will be experienced.  Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Bombay (Mumbai) will all disappear.
   1986: Moses David of The Children of God faith group (founded in California, U.S.A., and later renamed The Family International) predicted that the Battle of Armageddon would take place in 1986.  Russia would defeat Israel and the United States.  A worldwide Communist dictatorship would be established.  In 1993, Christ would return to earth.
   [ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The three preceding prophecies of the "End Time" are adapted from . Thanks! ENDS.]
   2003: Chick Publications, of the USA, in its 2003 booklet "Here He Comes!", foretells the return of Jesus Christ, the "Rapture" with the saved people being snatched right up from where they are even if driving a vehicle, and all to take place really soon.  Visit them at: .
   [TELEVISION: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "Compass" programme, with Geraldine Doogue, on Sunday, January 17, 2010, dealt with the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse), a Pentecostal "prophet," rebuttals, and theory that we are in The End Times.  It's a pity that the producers did not spend three minutes reading out the above list of failed Doomsday prophecies. ENDS.
[Jan 16-17, 2010]

   Added: 2011, May 21: According to a U.S. evangelical preacher, May 21, 2011 was to be the End of the World.  Virtuous people would be swept up in "The Rapture," he said.  Some people set up a pet rescue service, offering to care for family pets of those swept up in The Rapture ! (Added on May 22, 2011)
[Original newsitem: Jan 16-17, 2010]
• Archbishop Hickey issues Fr Abourjaily clarification.  [~ 2000s Fr Richard Abourjaily*. Roman Catholic Church (RCC). "Delusional". Cancer fake netted Lourdes trip money. Not obeying go home order.]        

Archbishop Hickey issues Fr Abourjaily clarification

   The Record (R.C. Perth, W. Australia, weekly), p 1, February 17, 2010
   PERTH (W. Australia) –
   Archbishop Barry Hickey issued the following statement last weekend regarding Fr Richard Abourjaily:
   "Fr Richard Abourjaily is a priest of the Sydney Diocese currently without priestly faculties.
   "On the recommendation of Fr John Flader of Sydney, I met Fr Abourjaily some weeks ago regarding the possibility of him taking up priestly ministry in Perth.
  [Picture] Fr Abourjaily shortly before ordination in 2007.  
   "I allowed him to reside in a Perth parish and gave him permission to help out if needed while I contacted Cardinal Pell.
   "Following my conversation with the Cardinal, I thought it best to recall Fr Richard from the parish and arranged for him to live privately with two other priests.
   Fr Richard does not have Perth faculties and therefore cannot do any public ministry until further notice.
   "Fr Abourjaily will use this time to take stock and discern his future. I do not feel I can comment in any way on events that occurred in the Sydney Archdiocese. #

   [COMMENT: Even if the Perth archbishop says he cannot comment on what occurred in Sydney archdiocese, close Church-watchers know about his fake cancer and donations for his Lourdes trip, from reports in the general mass media, and also know an allegation of what happened in the U.S.A. before he was ordained as a priest.  How the RCC stumbles from one error to another!
   WHO is Fr John Flader of Sydney, who recommended the move across the continent?  Is he the same Fr John Flader who has the unenviable task of giving Catholic answers to questions from doubters, and whose column appears in various R.C. papers, including this paper, The Record of Perth, on page 12 of this same issue?  Does he have authority to encourage a priest of Sydney area to disobey his "Ordinary," i.e., Cardinal Pell, and cross the Australian continent?  Well, um, er, not really! 
   Archbishop Hickey wrote: "I allowed him to reside in a Perth parish and gave him permission to help out if needed while I contacted Cardinal Pell."  In this day of instant communication by telephone, mobile cellphones and e-mail, was that the correct way to handle this situation?  Does that mean that the formerly beleagured Archbishop Hickey is now harbouring a runaway disobedient priest?  And flouting Roman Catholic canon law? ENDS.]
   [ALSO READ: Banned priest 'saying Mass,' , February 13, 2010]
[Feb 17, 2010]

• Put stop to funding private schools.

Put stop to funding private schools

   The West Australian, letters § wanews com au , Letter to The Editor, p 22, Monday, February 22, 2010
   It is my understanding that Australia does not have an official religion.  However, most people claim to be members of the Christian faith, with a significant proportion of these being Catholic.
   In 1950, there was no government funding for private schools.   There was, however, a significant movement seeking state aid for private schools.
   The argument was largely that people had paid their taxes but because they chose to send their children to private schools they did not receive the financial assistance from the government they would have if they had used the government schools where the government met the main costs.
   The counter argument was partly that the government paid for education in its schools.  If people chose not to use them, then the costs were their responsibility.  It was compared with public transport.  The government provided bus services and if you chose to use your car then the costs were your concern.
   The debate became more heated when the plight of local Catholic schools was described.  Many were suffering financial hardship.  The result was a strong push by members of the Catholic community and the move became unstoppable.  Government financing of private schools came into existence.
   Conservative governments supported the idea because it benefited those in the community who generally supported the conservatives.  As the concept continued, conservatives saw it as way to privatise education by stealth:  Fund private schools so that they could be seen as giving more to students and more parents would transfer their children to private schools.  As a consequence less money was provided to government schools and the process snowballed.
   Not surprisingly, Labor governments followed the lead set by the conservatives.  The practice became entrenched.
   However, it is time to ask: is this really what we want?  Coming back to religion in Australia, in 1950 we had still maintained a reasonable separation of church and state.  Now, in 2010, we have a situation where we are providing funds to religious groups to provide education.  In doing so they also promote their religious dogma.  Is that what we want?  Does that maintain a reasonable separation of church and state?
   Government funds should not be used for the teaching of religion.  Next thing there will be a school for atheists and under the legislation, it would be entitled to government funding.
   Is this what we want?  Government funds should be used only for state education.  If religious groups – or any other group, for that matter – wish to provide schools for their followers they should do so at their own cost.
   It is not too late to unravel the mess. David Carlson, retired college principal, Menora. #
[Feb 22, 2010]

• Toddler murder verdict: United States.  [2000s Leader "Queen Antionette"*, Ms Trevia Williams*, Marcus Cobbs*] - "One Mind Ministries." Toddler boy (16 months old). Dead.  

Toddler murder verdict

   The West Australian, , letters § wanews com au , p 42, Thursday, March 04, 2010
   UNITED STATES: – A US cult leader has been convicted with two other people of starving a one-year-old boy to death because he did not say "amen" during a mealtime prayer.
   Jurors in Baltimore convicted the leader, Queen Antoinette [sic], 41, of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death of Javon Thompson.
   Her daughter, Trevia Williams, 22, and another follower, Marcus Cobbs, 23, were also found guilty of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.
   The killers face up to 60 years in jail when sentenced in May. #

   [LOOK BACK: Feb 23-24, 2010. ENDS.]
[Mar 04, 2010]

• Sainthood snag as nun sickens.  - Roman Catholic Church.       

Sainthood snag as nun sickens

   The West Australian, , letters § wanews com au , TELEGRAPH GROUP, LONDON, p 27, Monday, March 08, 2010
   WARSAW – The path to sainthood for the late Pope John Paul II has hit a snag. A Polish newspaper claimed that a woman he was said to have cured of Parkinson's disease did not suffer from it.
   The Polish-born Pope was credited with the miraculous recovery of the French nun Sister Marie Simon-Pierre who apparently returned to full health after she asked for holy intervention shortly after the Pope's death in 2005, by writing his name on paper.
   But the Rzeczpospolita daily now says she may have been suffering from a nervous disorder from which temporary recovery is medically possible.
   It said Sister Marie, a member of the Petites Soeurs des Maternites Catholique order, had now lapsed back into ill health. TELEGRAPH GROUP, LONDON #

   [COMMENT: Any Pope who let Cardinal Law, Boston's carnal priest-transfer practitioner, be the archpriest of the St Mary Major church in Rome, is no saint!  And any Pope who presided, with Cardinal Law still "swanning around" San Maria Maggiore, over a canonisation process for such a sinning Pope, ought to drop to his knees and confess his sins. COMMENT ENDS.]
   [CHECK if this article, in Polish, is relevant: . ENDS.]
[p 27, Mar 08, 2010]

• Medjugorje seers to reveal 'secrets' to Vatican: report.     
in brief ..

Medjugorje seers to reveal ‘secrets’ to Vatican: report

   The Record (Perth, W. Australia, R.C. weekly newspaper), p 16, Wednesday, July 21, 2010
  [Picture] Marija Pavlovic, Medjugorje seer  
   THE six alleged Medjugorje visionaries will testify before a Vatican commission, most likely in around October, and will be asked to reveal the "secrets" with which they say they have been entrusted, according to a report on the Petrus website.
   In March, the Holy See Press Office had announced that the commission, led by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the retired Vicar of the Rome Diocese, would assess the authenticity of the apparitions that have reportedly taken place in Bosnia-Herzegovina since 1981.

   [COMMENT: Although "Gospa," alias the Blessed Virgin Mary, has been supposedly appearing in Medjugorje to six young people since 1981, and millions of mis-led pilgrims have been going there, the more studies that are made, the more fraudulent it seems.  Even the discovery that one of the guiding clergy has had an illegitimate son with a Franciscan nun, and another similar revelation, has not stopped the pilgrims, nor the nagging hope in Vatican hearts that the alleged apparitions might, after all, be true. COMMENT ENDS.]
   [INFORMATIVE READING: "Medjugorje: The Untold Story," 1988, by E. Michael Jones, at: <http://­www.­­religio­n/relig­books.h­tm# med­jugorje­_the_un­told>. END.]
[Jul 21, 2010]

• Please keep religion out of politics.

Please keep religion out of politics

   The West Australian, Letter to The Editor, p 24, Friday, July 30, 2010

Poor choice

   In response to Archbishop Barry Hickey's doubts about [Prime Minister] Julia Gillard [Labor Party], may I say that Australians have a choice between an honest atheist leader of a tainted party and a bunch of hypocritical churchgoers who accepted known lies about Iraq and helped two other warmongering countries into an unncessary war?
   The Liberals and Nationals have not yet apologised for the unnecessary deaths of Iraqis and foreigners, and Labor, instead of withdrawing soon after winning in 2007, goes on with the occupation.
   Australia has not forcefully demanded that Guantanamo Bay be closed, and that the seizing and torturing of people around the world by the CIA etc be stopped.
   All three [sic] major parties are bereft of ordinary morals, as is shown by the tree-clearing ban for farmers, while outer suburban tree clearing goes on to make room for a fancied "skills shortage", including of chefs and hairdressers. John C. Massam, Greenwood
   Letters to the Editor, WA Newspapers, GPO Box N1027 Perth WA 6843. Fax 08 9482 3830. E-mail to: letters § wanews /./ com /./ au

   [COMMENT: Archbishop Hickey (Roman Catholic) of Perth, in a page one newsitem, had said that with an atheist as Prime Minister, religion might lose some of the privileges from the Federal Government that it enjoyed.  Churches, temples, mosques, etc., are being partly paid for by federal votes of taxpayers' money, and there are exemptions from the new laws about discrimination etc.  Religious schools etc. also receive subsidies and other assistance. COMMENT ENDS.]
[Jul 30, 2010]

• God promised a Saviour     


   ADVERTISEMENT (full page) in The West Australian, , letters § wanews com au , by Christian groups, p 19, Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Old Testament prophecy New Testament fulfilment Subject
Micah 5:2 Matthew 2:1-6 The Messiah to be born in Bethlehem
Isaiah 7:14 Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:26-35 Virgin birth of the Messiah
Jeremiah 31:15 Matthew 2:16-18 Rachel weeping when God's Son born
Isaiah 40:3-5 Mark 1:1-8 Jesus' fore-runner, a voice in the wilderness
Isaiah 9:1-2 Matthew 4:13-16 Ministry to begin in Galilee
Psalm 78:2 Matthew 13:1-52 Messiah to speak in parables
Isaiah 53:4-5 Matthew 8:16-17 Healing ministry of God's servant
Zechariah 9:9 Matthew 21:1-9 The coming ruler on a donkey
Zechariah 13:7 Matthew 26:31, 47-56 Striking the coming shepherd; the sheep flee
Zechariah 11:12-13 Matthew 26:14-16, 27:1-10 Thirty pieces of silver for a potter's field
Isaiah 50:6 Matthew 26:67; Mark 14:65; Mark 15:19; Luke 22:63-64 Beating and spitting on God's servant
Psalm 22:7-8 Luke 23:35-36 Messiah mocked by a crowd
Psalm 22:18 Matthew 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34; John 19:23-24 Casting lots for Jesus' clothes
Psalm 34:19-20 John 19:31-36 Messiah to have no broken bones
Psalm 69:21 John 19:28-30 The thirst of the suffering Messiah
Zechariah 12:10 John 19:33-37 Looking on the pierced Messiah
Jonah 1:17 Matthew 12:39-40 Messiah to be three days and nights in grave
Psalm 16:8-11 Acts 2:25-36, 13:35-39 David's Son to be raised from the dead
“Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me
in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms,”

Jesus speaking    Luke 24:44

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   [COMMENT: Some of the above wishful thinking has been exposed previously, including by articles on this website.  Particularly easy for the various Churches' theologians and doctors of scripture to spot ought to have been the "virgin" birth (the O.T. word in the original language meant an unmarried female, not necessarily "intact", and the foretold child's name and subsequent behaviour were nothing like those of Jesus), the thirty pieces of silver errors, and "three days and nights in grave".  At least the last point was that David's Son would be "raised", thus giving the credit to God, and not repeating the usual error that he rose under his own power. COMMENT ENDS.]
   [RECOMMENDED READING: "Raised BY GOD from the dead, NOT rose by his own power."  ENDS.]
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CONTENTS / ANCHOR LIST (After reading an article, use Browser's "Back" button to return to Anchor List)
Archbishop Hickey issues Fr Abourjaily clarification. PERTH (W. Australia): He let the priest minister, THEN contacted his superior in Sydney, NSW.  That's the opposite of how an episkopus is supposed to guide the congregation! Feb 17, 2010
God promised a Saviour. Churches advertise the Old Testament (Hebrew scriptures) texts that supposedly prophesy the details of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Dec 7, 2010
Medjugorje seers to reveal 'secrets' to Vatican: report.  Six alleged visionaries of CROATIA-HERCEGOVINA to testify. Jul 21, 2010
Please keep religion out of politics. AUSTRALIA. Letter to Editor. Jul 30, 2010
Put stop to funding private schools. AUSTRALIA: Taxpayers should not pay to teach dogma. Feb 22, 2010
Sainthood snag as nun sickens. WARSAW: "Cure" by the dead man, Pope John Paul II, no good.  The nun did not even have Parkinson's disease, anyway! Mar 08, 2010
• A short history of .. The end of the world.  Prophecies of The End, none of which came true. Jan 16-17, 2010
Toddler murder verdict: United States.  BALTIMORE: Christian cult starved toddler boy to death for not saying "Amen." Mar 04, 2010

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