By Joy Inyele
I sit at my desk and watch the trees outside my window shake off their winter stupor. As leaves unfurl their golden greens, the dull, bare browns give way to the delicate hues of spring. My favorite season is here!
But this spring has been different. Nature’s best efforts to inspire a spirit of youth have been met with heightened forebodings of Earth’s demise. As COVID-19 sweeps across the globe, attention has shifted to the state of our planet. Many are asking, “Is this the beginning of the end?”
Predictions of a coming apocalypse are not new. Medieval Europeans anticipated it at the end of the first millennium. A thousand years later, a Y2K shutdown loomed large. Harold Camping, a Christian radio broadcaster, set numerous dates for the end of the world—his last, Oct. 21, 2011. Still others believed the Mayan calendar pinpointed Dec. 31, 2012 as the end of
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John Blake, “Coronavirus is bringing a plague of dangerous doomsday predictions,” CNN, cnn.com, March 23, 2020.
Robert Matthews, “When will Earth become uninhabitable?” BBC Science Focus Magazine, sciencefocus.com.
Joy Inyele is a native of Kenya who studies Christian publications production at Hartland College. She is an editorial assistant with Last Generation magazine.