The Coming Dark Ages

Over the years, our society has Featured imagetaken great pride in our advancements in science and medicine.  We have cherished our western civilization’s accomplishments in the Arts.  We have striven to have a cultured and kind society.

Recent films have portrayed an end to that society.  The Matrix films as well as Terminator films saw machines taking over, destroying humanity and creating a heartless and soulless society where humans are either eradicated, or used for some purpose that fit the machines.  Other films focused on climate change bringing on a new ice age destroying most of civilization.  While these sagas are merely stories, I do see our western civilization coming to an end.

As the wave of radical Islam covers the globe, I believe it does signal the end of our civilization.  I watch Christians being beheaded and raped by Moslem men in Syria; Christian children being kicked and their heads crushed by the feet of Moslem men because their parents refused to convert to Islam.  I see huge numbers of Moslems moving to Europe and the US, and demanding Sharia law, giving them the right to practice their brutality in the host countries in which they live, virtually taking over those countries.  All the while claiming Islam is a religion of peace.  Ezekiel 13:10 says, “Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace.”

Revelation 6:4 says, “Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.”

Is it merely a coincidence that the four horsemen of the Apocalypse includes this as one of the four?  I don’t think so.  Its true this could be applied to many others, including communism, and other violence throughout the ages, but something is wrong when you see this happening before your eyes, and everyone pretends it isn’t happening.  Many Christian friends look towards the imminent return of Yeshua.  Times have been dark before, but it was not the time.  I can’t honestly say I think this is the time, but it would be a good time for a Messianic appearance.

I do know that wherever radical Islam goes, Western Civilization’s values go by the wayside.  Its hard to have peaceful coexistence when the one you are trying to coexist with carries a sword and is not afraid or ashamed to use it on you or your children.  All our culture, our museums, our music, our art, mean nothing to them.  They see it as an offense to their god, and destroy it.  They did the same thing to the Roman culture when they attacked and conquered Roman areas in ancient times.  Thats why there are statues without heads and genitals from these periods.  After they destroyed the Greco-Roman culture in areas they conquered, Europe entered the dark ages.  It is naive to think it couldn’t happen again.  All the rights and freedoms enjoyed by minority groups will disappear.  There will be no women’s rights, gay rights, freedom of speech, freedom of religion.  Science will not be taught in schools either.  All because it “offends” Islam.  In countries with Moslem majorities, there are no minority rights.

I expect people will accuse me of being a hate monger.  I am not.  I have no problem with Moslems being Moslems.  I have no problem with them worshipping their god as they wish.  I do have a problem with them imposing their proclivities on everyone else.

Have we reached the end of our civilization?  I surely hope not.  I want there to be peace for my children and grandchildren.  I want there to be mutual respect for people of all religions and cultures.  I am not, however, optimistic.  I fear we are headed for another dark ages, where religious fanaticism and violence will rule.  I fear there will be no freedom for artistic expression, and everything we hold dear will be crushed under the feet of violent people, just as they have done to the children in Syria.  I fear it is a sign of things to come if we don’t do anything to stop it.  I only hope people will open their eyes before it is too late if it isn’t already.

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21 thoughts on “The Coming Dark Ages

  1. Hi Rabbi Michael,

    I thought you’d want to know that the pic is blocking the first sentence of your blog.

    Have a great day!

    Alyse.

  2. It’s her browser. The layout is just fine.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Rabbi, for having the fortitude to stand up and call the problem what it is. As you pointed out, this has all happened before, in various parts of the world. Dr. Phil (of all people) says the best indicator of future performance is relevant past performance. Somebody else said history repeats itself, etc. Yet, here we stand claiming we must not “offend” anyone, and that islam (I refuse to use a capital on it) is a religion of peace. Even many of our Jewish leaders are telling us allah is just another name for God, and that we need to treat moslems kindly. I’m sorry, when someone clearly and specifically says he intends to kill me, and then proves it by viciously killing others like me, I simply cannot sit by and smile at him. I will use any and every weapon at my disposal to protect me any mine from this threat as best I can.

    I certainly don’t pretend to be such a prophet as to say the end of the world is at last upon us, but I definitely do believe this country as we have known it is doomed, and in a very short time. The country in which I was raised and have spent much of my life, is already gone. Our Constitution, which has been our guiding light for 238 years, is now not even worth being read. Our Supreme Court Justices, and most of the leaders in our government, who have sworn before a God whose name they regularly blaspheme, to uphold and defend that Constitution, have completely lost their way, and now openly insult and ignore that same Constitution.

    islam is merely continuing the assault on our God and our Constitution, which was begun by the very people we elected to uphold them.

  3. This is an excellent article and I am glad someone ‘in the movement’ has the courage to speak out on this topic. I have read so many ‘let’s all be friends and good neighbor’ type comments that I feel sick! Having studied a great deal regarding Islam and spending numerous months in Indonesia (over the span of years) I see Islam as a very dangerous threat to our society. We are in the midst of an 8 year span where the doors to America have been wide open, will continue to be wide open … and like you, while I wish everyone in our country peace and joy I do think there is a battle to be fought and people of Faith and goodwill cannot sit idly by hoping for the best!

  4. Thank you, Michael, for expressing what is on my heart and the hearts of a lot of people today.

    One element of civilization that has been ignored in certain western cultures is geography. Perhaps this is due to our pride – thinking that our culture is so obviously good, benevolent, and desirable, that anyone who experiences it will want to adopt it. So we let down the geographic barriers and invite anyone and everyone in.

    But to Muslims, we are infidels, unbelievers, needing to come under the yoke of Allah. Unfortunately, this mentality leads to the conclusion that infidels who do not convert – or worse, oppose Islam – are only worthy to be destroyed.

    Geographic boundaries were an insulation that protected different cultures from conflicts and dilution. We “Westerners” have not protected our culture, and Western civilization is coming to an end.

    Fortunately, there are other, later chapters in Revelation, chapters that give ultimate hope.

  5. Excellent article Rabbi. Hard to be optimistic seeing what is going on in this world. All part of HaShem’s plan……..

  6. We’re living in a time of great cognizant dissonance where people have their heads in the sand. Islam is far from a religion of peace. Moderate Muslims are the minority. The very core of Islam is violent and calls for the destruction or extreme subjugation of infidels. Anyone taking the time to read the Q’ran and the Hadith will find this to be the truth. One cannot be a true follower of Mohammed and Islam and still be peaceful. The majority of the religion’s followers are quietly sympathetic to the cause of the so-called radicals, but will, as Islam gains power and influence, come out as fundamentalists and join the cause. The moderates will be considered apostates and will lose their lives. We who follow Yeshua must fully dedicate our lives to His cause and be willing to lay our lives down, if need be. We must boldly proclaim the Gospel, regardless of the cost.

  7. I know my grandparents 50+ years ago said the same thing, but I honestly can’t see how it could get too much worse. So much is accepted and common place and that dulls the “look” of evil. I live in a pretty small town and the things that are going through our local ER are mind blowing to me. Then I look at the world and know this same evil in our small town has to be engulfing so much more. And all of this is accepted in the name of religious freedom! HaShem forbid! It also scares me that the number one converting religion is prisons is islam. I SO appreciate you and your courage to talk about and bring The Light to such topics! May the true Peace be seen for our children and grandchildren.

  8. Thank you Rabbi for rising this issue. Bad times indeed. And will come worse. Be ready. What is amazing that despite all manner of warnings, there is masses of people just have their heads in the sand. Will it be media or governments or christians etc. Cold it be that by putting their heads in the sand they already have their heads cut off. Just remind me Germany. People never learn. I often think, how to respond to this times in G-dly way. What we as believers should do.

  9. This is what to be American about – USA has got 200 years of state history. But listen to yourself. You judge as if it not due to WWII in Europe that USA became a leading state, making use of the situation when the real centers of civilization were ruined by Nazis.

    Islam is about 1500 years old. Christianity – a bit more than 2000. Russia is more than 1200 years. Egypt – more than 4000, Iraq – more than 5000… To be American seems to be ignorant, uneducated, rude in any spheres starting from History, social disciplines and ending with religion. I can’t explain American inadequacy in any other way.

    But I know, Michael, you are not like this. I know you can really well study the history, as well as study world’s religions’ values, if you will. I believe, you may well find out everything good about the prosperity of the world with islamic influence in Spain, Europe, Africa and Middle East. Great Islamic cities and civilizations. Great Jewish and Christian collaboration in great Islamic countries. Besides, you can real well compare things about countries reading the Book of Daniel, for example, prophecies of Isaiah and other Jewish prophets. It is all available and compulsory for a person, whose calling is to pray and intercede for the peoples according to Torah. And whose mitzvah – to love, according Yeshua the Messiah.

    And I know your American self-identification is pretty thin in comparison with the Jewish one. The Jewish people is as ancient as the most ancient peoples of the world. And they remeber any period of co-existance with Christians and Muslims. And they have great rabbis who lived and accomplished their great works in the midst of Islamic cultures.

    To my great disappointment we live in times of shallowness of political and religious figures. Those who pretend preaching the Gospel, preach inter-faith hatred. Let the end time come for them. As for the Messiah disciples, they come through good times of study and prayer, spreading love and rebuking hatred.

    • Dolbin, I have to take exception to your favorable comments about islam. Do you remember reading in Bereshit, about the snake snapping at our heels, etc.? To whom did that discourse refer?

      Prosperity of the world with Islamic influence in SPAIN…? I assume you refer to the Spain in which we Jews were confronted with the decision to either convert to islam or be brutally murdered.

      You have just got to be kidding. There has essentially never been any favorable influence from islam anywhere in the world. It is and has been, since the 6th century when it was invented, a religion of hate, poverty and suffering, not only for us, its enemy, but for its own people. Good grief, they’ll stone woman for even looking at a man not her husband. They cut off fingers, hands, and even arms, for offenses we might deal with in a much more decent and merciful manner. They are barbarians!

      • So pitty, that you do not study the real history of the world out there in America. Though everyone who wants to be Avraham’s child is supposed to study first before jumping into conclusions. And those who claim to follow Yeshua is supposed to love even their enemies. That is why you doesn’t seem to be niether of Avraham nor of Yeshua.

        As for Islam the L-rd gave it to the peoples with explicit commands in Quran to confess Jesus the Messiah and keep the Torah and the Gospel. Please, read the book before you come to the L-rd who sees you being filled with hatred and not with love. Every Jew should try his best to get rid of ungrounded hatred which is proclaimed by rabbis to be the main reason for Temple destruction.

        Yeshua was accused and put to death by the men who hated him without reason. When you make judgements like this you follow this haters’ steps with no wisdom at all.

        Here is Quran says about Yeshua:

        They do blaspheme who say: “Allah is Christ the son of Mary.” But said Christ: “O Children of Israel! worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.” Whoever joins other gods with Allah,- Allah will forbid him the garden, and the Fire will be his abode. There will for the wrong-doers be no one to help. (5:72)

        That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not” (4:157)

        Quran together with 1,5 billiom muslim people confess Yeshua their Messiah, who didn’t die but was braught back to life. And here is what Quran says about Torah:

        Muhammad is the messenger of Allah; and those who are with him are strong against Unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other. Thou wilt see them bow and prostrate themselves (in prayer), seeking Grace from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure. On their faces are their marks, (being) the traces of their prostration. This is their similitude in the Taurat (Torah); and their similitude in the Gospel is: like a seed which sends forth its blade, then makes it strong; it then becomes thick, and it stands on its own stem, (filling) the sowers with wonder and delight. As a result, it fills the Unbelievers with rage at them. Allah has promised those among them who believe and do righteous deeds forgiveness, and a great Reward. (48:29)

        Study, then talk. Do not talk, before you study. You break any possible New Testament teaching about love. Like this one:

        …No one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh. Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth (Jm. 3:8-14)

      • Here is what “barbarians” left in Cordoba (Spain).

        http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/the-great-mosque-of-cordoba-spain.html

        And if you judge those days by your nowadays standards explain what Americans will leave in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lybia in 21 century after they drop out their military troops? Great architecture? Or some great museums? Maybe philosophical and theological treasures like sufi did (Rumi and Shams)? Science like Islamic algebra? Medicine like Ibn Sina? Or maybe arabic cifers? What American Jews give to this world nowadays? Maybe something good enough to compare with Islamic Jews like Maimonides (RaMBaM)?

      • American behavior in the world is no secret. Look at the true reasons of those radical brute forces that are moved to struggle against USA. Alfred Adler, Austrian psychologist in the beginning of XX-th century, studying motivation for agressive behavior came to a conclusion about the inferiority complex, which underlies agressive reactions. This is what US media and politics tries to force upon the world. Islam is 1500 thousand years but US, which is a bit more than 200 years, tries to force some deceptive perception of Islam, as if so called Western World is more “civilized” than Islamic peoples. According to Alfred Adler aggressive reaction is pretty expected in the situation. Because while talking about deceptive superiority, Americans commit grave war crimes all around the world bombing and killing civilians in Yugoslavia, Lybia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. USA has inspired demonic aggressive revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, Chechnya, Kyrgizia, Georgia, Ukraine and China. It is not hundreds, its time to speak about hundreds of thousands of absolutely innocent civilians murdered by so called “Western World” within some 20 years. They do not tell you, but Al Qaeda and ISIL consists of the murderers who were trained and organized by US agents and secret service to fight against Russia and Bashar Asad. So, why wonder? America needs prayer and overall national repentance. But you are blind and deaf. You do not hear, you do not see. And your reply would only prove what I say.

        Where is your Messianic content in this mad world? What you, as the sons of G-d, taught about love of G-d throygh Messiah, would say for salvation to other nations, if you do not hear and speak self-deceptive exclusiveness of your imaginary superiority while bombing the nations?

  10. Rabbi Michael… I just recently re-screened “The Matrix.” I’ll be teaching Orwell’s “1984” again in the spring. The developing future scenarios involving privacy issues and the increasing dependence on technology concern me. Right now it seems that as vulnerability escalates on both those counts, that technology effectively masks the threat by overwhelming society with its entertainment and information aspects as a form of distraction. Ironic distraction in that the thing distracting us from the threat is the threat.

    As I sat in the theatre watching the first “Hobbit” film with my sons and brother and nephew a year or two back, he whispered during the eight or so previews of coming films, the majority of them about zombies, “What’s up with the zombie films?” I thought of the story of Otis Elevators (remembered from my marketing/advertising days) and how they installed mirrors in their new inventions and in the surrounding foyers to get people to ride in them. People are never more distracted, even away from their fears, than when beholding the image of themselves it seems. And it occurred to me that this may explain the fascination with zombie movies: the citizens of an increasingly materialistic culture are fascinated with the reflection of themselves as they become more and more “dead” spiritually.

    The rise of jihadist Islam at this time does indeed seem to create a “perfect storm” rising of conditions. The scene depicting the leaving of Anatevka in the movie “Fiddler On The Roof” comes to mind:

    “Rabbi, we’ve been waiting for the Messiah all our lives. Wouldn’t this be a good time for him to come?
    “We’ll have to wait for him someplace else. Meanwhile, let’s start packing.”

    I hope and pray along with you that my children do not live through those times. And yet, at the same time, if Messiah comes we’ll all agree, I think, that:

    “Anatevka hasn’t exactly been the Garden of Eden.”

  11. Thank you Rabbi for not deleting this idiotic statements. Ignorance at it best. Claiming knowing history, yet distorting it. And sure “Americans all guilty, but we russians… o yes we are foundation of civilization.” As some one expressed it rightly ParaSha drown in vodka and degeneration for centuries. But really it not about politics but debilism of some individuals. Looking at that face remind me “sweet” Lenin. I’m very sorry for existans of this faces, and please Rabbi Michael forgive him. At list by vomiting he show to the world what and how they all about.

    • You don’t have to apologize for me, or do you? Is Dr. Schiffman your rabbi? Is it him who taught you talking like that? Did he give you any quotation from the book which is the common ground for anyone who claims to have relation to Yeshua?

      Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, in whom ye were sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and railing, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you.
      (Eph.4:29-32)

      Americans are 4,28% of the whole world. Don’t forget it.

  12. Dolbin, maybe it is YOU who need to rethink GOD’s scripture’s, not Allah’s. Allah is a phony god from start to finish. It is an agent and a manifestation of ha satan How could any supreme God have been be created by a man (Mohammed)? Mohammed created allah in 522 CE, long after the true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had been known for several thousand years, first by Jews, and later by Christians.

    Never mind criticizing me for not being nice and loving toward a religion whose followers have sworn by their pretend god to kill me if I do not forsake my God for theirs. What a load! You can also quit the twisted quoting of Scripture, and the pretending that the koran has any value other then as fuel for a fire. It is very unfortunate that right now Rabbi Schiffman is not my Rabbi. You may cease and desist from trying to smear his good name by suggesting that you have the slightest clue what he has taught me, and then having the temerity to judge either him or me. He has taught me a LOT, but of what is none of your business, and it constitutes slander for you to continue that theme. You need to watch your mouth, OK?

    Just to be sure we understand each other, I HATE islam and everything it stands for. I love and pity all the poor people, you included, who have been deceived by Mohammed’s creation. I pray for you to realize how badly you have been taken in by the koran, but I would NEVER, EVER threaten you with death if you don’t accept God instead of this phony god.

    This ends our conversation. You may have the last words, specious as they may be.

    • \Mohammed created allah in 522 CE\

      The prophet is Jewish. He received his message from The L-rd and rebuked idolatrous Trinity of the Christians. He taught the sons of East to worship the L-rd of Avraham, Yitshak and Yaakov, whom Torah calls “Eloah” (Deut. 32^15 and the rest 59 occurances in the Tanakh), which is singular of “Elohim”/ Quran contains a great number of Tanakh’s quotes. If you want to put it into a fire, then what common have you got with the Bible. Nazis did that.

      \ It is very unfortunate that right now Rabbi Schiffman is not my Rabbi.\

      Are you Eli? The question about this was for him (or her?)

      \You need to watch your mouth, OK?\

      If I said something wrong, show me. USA gets into trouble for her own guilt, for spreading interfaith hatred. And it is a great shame for the disciples of Yeshua to take part in speaking out the words of arrogance and hatred. Yeshua never ever taught like that. And his teaching is reflected in the Quran as well.

      Yeshua said:

      Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you (Mt. 7:7).

      Those, who ask for love, receive love. Those, who seek hatred, find hatred. The true disciple of Yeshua would first knock upon the doors of Holy Spirit to receive L-rds wisdom about the things going on in the world. He would first read the prophets, then the Quran and study the teaching to find out the true reasons for 1500 years of Islam and the L-rd’s explanation for destructive battles between so called Christians and so called Muslims. Ok, maybe you don’t know G-d’s answers about this. But you feel it pretty well, when you hate. This hatred burns the hell fire inside you. And don’t say Jewishness or Yeshua has anything to do with this.

      \I HATE islam and everything it stands for. \

      You don’t know what you hate. Study. Find out everything good about it: love, praise, passinote commitment. Open your mind and read the book. Pray about Mohammed. It doesn’t make you muslim. But it would make you a Jew, who overcome ungrounded hatred, which was the reason for Yeshua’s death and Temple destruction.

      I love Michael Schiffman. His zeal, nevertheless, may be directed towards love and revealing the secrets of the Spirit and not towards hatred, if only he would want it.

      Thanks for letting the last words.

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