Interpretation is the crux of the problem. What is meant by 'end'? What about 'times'? Will it truly involve some sort of rapture? People floating up to empyrean, glorified by the light of the Lord as angels rain fire on the damned?
Somehow I doubt it.
But I would be hard-pressed to deny that something is undoubtedly ending . . . now. The world I have known - this half-rotten, corrupted old sphere that was still somehow capable of birthing genuine moments of reprieve, insight, and joy, seems to have tilted and capsized. Yes, genuine moments of reprieve, insight, and joy remain, but the atmosphere around these gentle pockets of illumination has darkened considerably. I don't expect the world to end, but for all intents and purposes, the world has ended.
It may not be the End Times, but the Anti-Times are now in full effect. Anyone with eyes has seen the mounting opposition against Goodness over the past few decades - the sustained, thinly-veiled secret war against Truth, Beauty, and Virtue. Well, the veil has slipped; the war is not a secret anymore. Those with eyes can see this; those without? What's that saying about the blind and the blind?
The front has expanded now. The destruction of Divine Will and Creation remains the primary objective, but the dark forces seem intent on destroying the virtual world they have erected to hide Reality as well. They want to bring it all down - in one fell swoop. All the idols they deified - society, economy, politics, freedom, equality, humanity - are being pulled down, one-by-one.
For decades they worked to remake society, to make it kinder, gentler, and more accepting. They raged against social constructs, against oppression, against marginalization. They fought for an open world that would include everyone and everything but the Divine and those who live by the Divine; a society that would inevitably emancipate everyone - even the oppressors.
That society is now anti-society.
For decades they argued for open borders, the free movement of goods, the mobility of labor - all for the gradual but imminent enrichment of the world. Tens of millions have been shut out of work these past few months. Debts continue to increase. The infrastructure continues to crumble. People are going hungry. Yet stock markets around the world are once again close to all-time-highs.
That economy is now anti-economy.
And politics is now anti-politics. Nations are anti-nations. Laws are anti-laws. Culture is anti-culture. Religion is anti-religion. Truth is anti-truth. Beauty is anti-beauty. Virtue is anti-virtue. Goodness is anti-goodness.
Why? Because humanity is now anti-humanity. Humanity is not aware it has become anti-humanity. Humanity is unaware of nearly all antis. The bulk of them see nothing but pros.
Anti-humanity silently longs for its anti-savior. And when the anti-savior appears, the End Times will finally arrive.
After that, it will make absolutely no difference at all if the world actually ends . . . or not.