The phrase ‘end times’, refers to prophecies of a time of God’s supposed judgment and ensuing punishment of humanity; a time of wars, famine, pestilence, terrorism; a time of utter despair; a time in which the devil is free to torment humanity. Many believe that we are living in those times; however, let’s not run for the hills just yet.
God, the Universal Intelligence, our Creator – whatever name you prefer to use – is energy – unconditionally loving, vastly intelligent, responsive energy. This energy loves each and every one of us unconditionally – after all, it created us. As unconditional love, this energy does not, and in fact cannot, judge, criticize or condemn us. It is impossible to do so, for that would not be unconditional love. There will be no punishment from God.
Punishment from the devil?
There is no such thing as the devil. What there are though, are human negative thoughts, attitudes, emotions, belief systems and desires. No one and nothing except ourselves makes us do the things we do – we have free will, and nothing is stronger than that. The sooner we accept this and take responsibility for our actions, the better. We cannot continue to blame others, or the actions of others, for our choices. There will be no punishment from the devil.
Ah, sweet revenge
The Universal Intelligence responds to our thoughts. Since one of humanity’s chief desires has been, and continues to be, to gain revenge against those who have harmed us or our loved ones, God provides us with prophecies telling us that that is exactly what will happen – our enemies will be punished and vanquished. Prophecies of doom for the so-called bad people are nothing more than the Universal Intelligence telling us what we want to hear. Our desire for vengeance keeps us trapped in the cycle of karmic debt, and we will not become free of the desire for revenge until we forgive – REALLY forgive.
The trouble is, we’ve all hurt someone at some time – so theoretically, someone, somewhere, could think that we’re bad and therefore need to be punished. No, the punishment won’t come from God, or from the devil. It will come, as it always has, from humans.
Tumultuous change for humanity?
Some suggest that the next step in human evolution will occur during the end times. Will technology change us by giving us greater mental and physical capacity and abilities? Will a saviour come and magically transform us? I believe that the next step in human evolution is the refinement of our negative thoughts, attitudes and emotions and changing of old, out-dated belief systems and behaviours. This level of change must be done voluntarily though, and since no one wants to believe that there’s anything wrong with the way they’re doing things, our transformation will be a gradual one. If change were to be thrust upon us, we would resist, and that would inhibit the process.
It’s not that we’re not doing anything wrong; we’re doing exactly that which God wishes – we’re evolving. God has given each of us free will – within the bounds of certain recently-revealed spiritual laws – to live, learn and grow. In the meantime, we tend to get lost in the playground that is planet earth, forgetting our true nature. It is actually we ourselves who will punish humanity, unless and until we start letting go of ancient (and not-so-ancient) hurts.