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End of Days: Predictions of the End From Ancient Sources [Kindle Edition]

Richard Hooper

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The same apocalyptic myth that appears in the New Testament's book of Revelation can be found in similar form in the literature of all world religions. How is this possible? The answer is that there was one original source and one original myth which found its way into all religions.

All eschatological traditions have certain things in common: the destruction of the old world, the coming of a messiah figure to lead the forces of good against the forces of evil in a final cosmic war, the judgment of humanity, the end of the old world and the appearance of a new one in which even the possibility of evil will not exist. Vengence against one's enemies is a central theme in apocalyptic literature, as is "radical" dualism--the concept that there are two cosmic forces in the universe, working against each other.

This radical dualistic view of the universe originated in Zoroastrianism
and passed into Judaism and Christianity. But it is not "biblical". It is not the theology of the Hebrew Bible and is, therefore, a late heresy.

The biblical God had the power of both good and evil, but Jews found it necessary to reinvent God according to the theology of Zoroastrianism. In order to have a souce of evil outside of God, it was necessary to reinvent Satan who, in the Old Testament is not a fallen angel or an adversary of God. Just the opposite was true. Satan was God's "accusor", sort of a secret agent for God.

End of Days discusses how Jewish, Christian and Muslim apocalypticism is based on a complete misunderstanding of the Genesis creation myth; the nature of evil in Western and Eastern philosophy; why all readers misunderstand the book of Revelation; why Jesus was not an apocalyptic preacher; the Hindu Kali Yuga; the Buddha's sermon on the end of the world; why the Mayan calendar is misunderstood; why jihad--holy war--is necessary to Islam and Native American apocalyptic prophecies about the future.

Finally, End of Days discusses modern post-apocalyptic and dystopian views of the future.

End of days is full of provocative pictures of what our future might be like, and a counterweight to modern notions about impending doom.

End of days is full of provocative pictures related to the subject.


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About the Author

Rev. Richard Hooper is a former Lutheran pastor and current Interfaith minister. His books include: The Crucifixion of Mary Magdalene: The Historical Tradition of the First Apostle, and the Early Church's Campaign to Suppress It *** The Gospel of the Unknown Jesus: The Secret Teachings of Jesus from the from the Gnostic and Apocryphal Gospels *** Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Lao Tzu: The Parallels Sayings *** Hymns to the Beloved: The Poetry, Prayers and Wisdom of the World's Great Mystics *** The Real Secrets of Christianity (ebook)and End of Days: Predictions of the End from Ancient Sources. Rev. Hooper holds a Bachelor's degree in the Philosophy of Religion from San Francisco State University, and a Masters degree in Theology from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. During the early 1970s, Rev. Hooper was the American Lutheran Church's "token" hippie pastor to the Counter Culture on the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur Coast of California. As part of his ministry he founded the House of the Rising Sun, a half-way house for young people in various kinds of trouble. During these years he also produced conducted weekly radio interviews with spiritual luminaries of the day, including Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, Elizabether Kubler-Ross and Richard Bach. After leaving the Church and the Lutheran ministry, he became a nature recordist, music producer, and CEO of World Disc Productions. Over the course of eleven years, he produced more than seventy CD titles and along with his wife, Sharon, pioneered music and nature recordings sales in the gift industry. World Disc Productions won the Small Business Association's Business Person of the Year for western Washington state and was twice a finalist as Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine. After selling the company eleven years later, Hooper founded the Pacific Northwest Indian gallery, Nat sa lane, in Friday Harbor, Washington. His writing career began after moving to Sedona, Arizona. He is a member of the Order of Universal Interfaith, the Community of the Mystic Heart, and associate member of the Jesus Seminar. Richard teaches classes in the areas of comparative religion, the historical Jesus, early Christianity and the Gnostic Gospels. He presently lives in the San Juan Islands, Washington, with his wife, Sharon.

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  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Sactuary Publications (April 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XJ6W0G
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Rev. Richard Hooper is a former Lutheran pastor and current Interfaith minister. His books include: The Crucifixion of Mary Magdalene: The Historical Tradition of the First Apostle, and the Early Church's Campaign to Suppress It *** The Gospel of the Unknown Jesus: The Secret Teachings of Jesus from the from the Gnostic and Apocryphal Gospels *** Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Lao Tzu: The Parallels Sayings *** Hymns to the Beloved: The Poetry, Prayers and Wisdom of the World's Great Mystics *** The Real Secrets of Christianity (ebook)and End of Days: Predictions of the End from Ancient Sources.

Rev. Hooper holds a Bachelor's degree in the Philosophy of Religion from San Francisco State University, and a Masters degree in Theology from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

During the early 1970s, Rev. Hooper was the American Lutheran Church's "token" hippie pastor to the Counter Culture on the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur Coast of California. As part of his ministry he founded the House of the Rising Sun, a half-way house for young people in various kinds of trouble. During these years he also produced conducted weekly radio interviews with spiritual luminaries of the day, including Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, Elizabether Kubler-Ross and Richard Bach.

After leaving the Church and the Lutheran ministry, he became a nature recordist, music producer, and CEO of World Disc Productions. Over the course of eleven years, he produced more than seventy CD titles and along with his wife, Sharon, pioneered music and nature recordings sales in the gift industry. Along with his wife, he won the Small Business Association's Business Person of the Year for western Washington (state, and was twice nominated entrepeneur of the year by Inc. Magazine.

After selling the company eleven years later, Hooper founded the Pacific Northwest Indian gallery, Nat sa lane in Friday Harbor, Washington. His writing career began after moving to Sedona, Arizona.

He is a member of the Order of Universal Interfaith, the Community of the Mystic Heart, and associate member of the Jesus Seminar. He is director of ed the Sedona Institute for Comparitive Religion and teaches classes in the areas of comparative religion, the historical Jesus, early Christianity and the Gnostic Gospels.

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