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Five Minutes to Midnight
by Dean Mudenda
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It was decided on Tuesday 10th January (in the year of our Lord 2012) that the doomsday clock should be adjusted to 11:55PM (five minutes to midnight). This symbolic clock was first set to 11:53PM in 1947 and has been adjusted twenty times since its inception. The threat of global nuclear war was the original trigger or premise for advancing or rewinding the minute hand – the closer to midnight, the greater the danger of global annihilation. Since 2007, technologies that have a bearing on climate change as well as new developments in life sciences, which pose a potential risk to humanity, have been factored into the equation. There can be no doubt, in any right minded person, as to the very real and present perils that pervade our existence in the 21st century. The list of doomsday scenarios seems to be ever growing. The damage being done to the planet only makes things increasingly worse. The full extent is fast becoming apparent to all. Soon conditions on earth will be so severe that man himself shall become an endangered species. We have squandered the opportunity to make things right. We may well have crossed the invisible line of irreversibility.

When God made Adam He gave him dominion over all the earth. Man was meant to be a steward and not a destroyer. The mandate is to subdue and not obliterate. We have overstepped our boundaries. Whereas we were supposed to bring nature under our control, the opposite is beginning to manifest; as nature’s full destructive power is brought to bear upon humanity. We have plundered the globe; caused the extinction of multiple species, in our selfishness and avarice wiped out entire ecosystems and dug holes in the earth; that have compromised the pillars and the foundation upon which she rests. Is it any wonder that sinkholes are opening up that devour complete neighbourhoods? Superheated molten metal will surely find new ways of expressing itself. And the earthquakes to come will most assuredly be of an unprecedented magnitude. They shall quite literally be off the scale. I have always hated to be the bearer of a solemn message. I first felt the impression to write on the first day of 2012, but resisted it until now (nearly four weeks later). I have written the admonition and made it plain so “that he may run that readeth it.” The ‘vision’ is for our time and not another, the present generation and not the next.

I am not afraid to be labelled an alarmist, prophet of doom or whatever else. Consider the evidence for yourself, friend, before you judge me too harshly. I will not be the first to be condemned or ridiculed for telling it as it is. The polar ice caps have been melting at an alarming rate over the last decade. A clear indication that the climate is changing rapidly and global temperatures are on the rise. They (ice sheets) offer a counter balance to the sun’s heat, reflecting a lot of the radiation back into space. As the rainforests disappear the problem is exacerbated. Some argue that the planet has experienced fluctuations in climate for millions perhaps billions of years. But one thing they deliberately forget is mankind was not in the equation. There were no holes in the earth from here to Timbuktu and no concrete jungles (only green ones). Its ability to repair or heal itself has been tremendously impaired. When our earliest ancestors began to build settlements they were not a threat to the natural balance. They studied, understood and respected the laws of nature. They did not hunt animals for the sheer fun of it. They killed only what they could consume and otherwise in self defence. They may not have been modernised, but they were definitely civilised.

It seems that modernity has come at a high price. On one hand, it is a blessing while on the other a curse. There is nothing inherently wrong with technological advancement. The problem is how we choose to use it. With it, we can save lives or destroy them. But we have chosen to stockpile weapons of mass destruction. Those who are arming themselves are preparing for war. Peace does not come down the barrel of a gun and bullets do not heal wounds. We have now reached the tipping point and the crossroads of history. We only have a small window of opportunity to salvage what we can. The rainforests apart from oceans and seas are the earth’s carbon sink. The loss of forests is having a telling effect on the climate. Pretty much like 2007, spring heralding flowers such as daffodils were already in full bloom by the first week of January. They were at least a month and a half too early. It is not surprising, since Britain has experienced the mildest winter in decades. The start of 2012 was characterised by stormy weather throughout the UK, which left a trail of devastation particularly in coastal areas and the highlands. We can expect that there will be more and more such displays in the near future. Fearsome hurricanes will follow in quick succession and several awesome tornadoes will spawn at once. The Apocalypse gives a solemn declaration about those who ruin the earth and how fitting that it should be uttered by the twenty-four elders. For this was once their home and they have as much say as anyone else.

“And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, saying, we give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.”

If climate change is driven by the sun and other extra human considerations, then there is probably very little we can do except resign ourselves to an inevitable fate. As a matter of fact, the Sapphire is the sick man of the Milky Way and that is due to anthropological factors. If there are other civilisations in our galaxy that are cognizant of our plight, they must be following developments on earth with keen interest. Who knows if news of the earthlings’ destructiveness has not spread all over the Cosmos? I wonder if we are not seen as a heinous infestation (seven billion strong), quarantined for the protection of the other worlds. Is the wound grievous and incurable and the harm great and irreversible? We are in for an extremely bumpy ride in the next few years and beyond. That is assuming we are going to make it. The need to find sustainable methods of farming, fishing, manufacturing and mining is a matter of grave urgency. The same goes for our lifestyles and sources of energy. Truly, this is the single most important challenge of our times and we are quickly running out of time. At midnight: it is game over, checkmate, finito, that’s it, finished, the end, time’s up, too late, “it is done!”

“And at midnight there was a cry made, behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.”

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ezekiel olukolajo 01 Mar 2012
Dean, you are absolutely correct! The earth is really experiencing sunset now, and all these are the symptoms. It's clear that the end of all things is fast approaching, and we believers need to fix our gaze to our eternal home where only we have hope and everlasting comfort. There may not be improvements in all these calamities befalling our world (the earth), which is the more reason why we must strive not to miss eternal life with God.Thanks for sharing. God bless you. Ezekiel


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