Being a pop culture, it’s no suprise that everyone seemed to get on the bandwagon that the Mayan calendar pointed to December 21st, 2012 as the end of our time. It was likely just the end of their space on that wheel. And they thought they’d get around to continuing it later, since they had plenty of time.

The topic of time has people riveted whenever these prophecies come around again. But the ‘again’ is a reminder that they’re never right. After all, Jesus Christ said no one knows the day or the hour, not even him.

Vladimir Putin said he knows.

“I know when the end of the world will come,” Putin said with his usual confidence during a press conference on Thursday. “When?” asked a nervous journalist. “In about 4.5bn years,” he replied. Sighs of relief were breathed across Russia.

…Putin urged a scientific approach. Calculating the sun’s lifecycle at 7bn years, he said the star had already lived through 4.5bn years, leaving 4.5bn left. “That will be the end of the world,” he surmised. Never mind that 4.5 plus 4.5 equals nine.

“So, you’re not scared?” the journalist asked. “What’s to be scared of, if it’s unavoidable?” Putin replied.

Precisely. The Science Recorder takes note.

Many people in Western culture associate the end of the world with the Book of Revelation in the Bible. However, the columnist doubts the accuracy of even the Bible’s doomsday prediction, saying that the pending financial cliff feels more like the end of the world.


Though science has told us that the end of the world will not come this Friday, the columnist suggests that maybe the Mayans did us some good. He says if all of the doomsday talk helps people put their lives into perspective and make better decisions for tomorrow then maybe all of the fear and the panic was worth it.

Which is one of the points author David Currie made in an interview I did with him on his recent book, getting back to the one person who would have known when our time would end. And why he didn’t say.

Because if we knew how much time we had or don’t have, we would act differently. But athlete turned theologian Frank Pastore illustrated the theological point of always being prepared in a way even he couldn’t have fathomed. Though it seemed like he did, in the end.

KKLA, a California-based Christian radio station, announced that popular host Frank Pastore, 55, died following a tragic motorcycle accident on Nov. 19. While certainly saddening, the story surrounding his injury is also eyebrow-raising. After falling into a coma, the theologian and radio host made headlines for on-air comments he issued just before the accident — statements that eerily predicted, in detail, the trauma he was to sustain.

As TheBlaze previously reported, the recording, put out by KKLA with the blessing of Pastore’s wife, Gina, includes the host talking about the human soul. After speaking about science’s attempt’s of late to address this issue, Pastore talks specifically about his motorcycle and the dangers he could face at any moment.

“Isn’t it interesting [that] secular science is addressing the question, ‘Does man have a soul? Is there such a thing as immaterial reality?’ And it’s couched in the category of ‘is there life after death?,” Pastore said just three hours before his accident.

Following this statement, he went on to note that, at any time, life could end. It was the illustration he used, though, that sent chills down the spines of many listeners and readers after they learned about his injuries.

He took the circumstancese of his everyday life and imagined how suddenly the unexpected could happen in the midst of his routine. And that’s exactly what did, and what ended his life, that day.

It’s an exercise in examining the possibility that every day may be our last, and being prepared. Contemplating the ‘end times’ reminds us to consider our own.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....