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The Many Battles of Armageddon

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The Many Battles of Armageddon:

When the world first entered global conflict at the turn of the nineteenth century, several leaders in religions having an End of Days component to their theology began warning their members of the impending destruction of mankind using similarities between very vague or symbolic passages of ancient text to support their theories. This was nothing new. Though modern methods of communication gave almost instant access to information describing threats of war, conflicts between world powers have been threats to civilization since our earliest known recorded histories. In the ancient world, the vast majority of people living even fifty miles from cities, towns, or villages had very little way of knowing these conflicts existed. Only when their dwelling places were in a direct path of invading forces were many even aware of the current conflict. Yet they lived in constant awareness, even fear, that threats of all kind existed.

Ancient texts we now have access to read for ourselves reveal major catastrophes believed by many to be fulfillment of prophecies of destruction. As early as 70 A.D., many Christians believed the apocalyptic prophecies were being fulfilled with the burning and utter destruction of Rome. When mankind continued to survive, and religious leaders realized that God had not erased humanity, they began looking to the next catastrophe. Whether natural disaster, plague, or military destruction, religions focused on impending destruction instead of their own abilities to overcome have used current or ancient religious predictions to instill fear into the hearts of the illiterate, uneducated, or those without enough information to critically examine.

Former cult members today face the challenge of critically examining the theology of their former cult leader as well as the theology that has been historically established. Unfortunately, misguided individuals have used platforms of fear to hold the peaceful hostage.