I’m writing this column on a Thursday. I usually try to get it done before the weekend. Some weeks, a topic comes to mind easily, others not so much.

It turns out I may not need to make sure that this is my best effort.

Some “biblical numerologists” are predicting the world will end Sept. 23, two days from the writing of this column.

With political turmoil, hurricanes, earthquakes and fires in the news on a daily basis lately, I can see where some might believe the end times are here. There’s plenty of suffering to go around and lots of people who need help.

The theory some are supporting says that a rogue planet – referred to as Nibiru by some, Planet X by others, will pass very close to or collide with the earth, effectively wiping us all out. But to hedge his bet, he says that this close encounter will only be the start of the end times.

David Meade and others have made this prediction, but it turns out that he is booking interviews for the week of Sept. 25. He’s probably doing this just to throw the naysayers off. If the world ends on Saturday, who cares if you have a dentist appointment on Monday?

I’m sort of mad I only learned about this whole apocalypse thing on Thursday. What if he’s right? What if the world ends on Saturday and no one gets to read this column?

It turns out Sept. 23 is 33 days after the total eclipse and the magic number for doomsday.

These end of the world predictions are nothing new. I think this is the third column I have written about this topic in the past 12 years.

It turns out there is a long and storied history of predicting the end of the world. Early Christians thought that the turn of the century – the year 1,000 — would be the time of Christ’s return. There have been sects or cults who have camped out to await the second coming, only to be mocked and ridiculed.

Remember all of the hype about Dec. 31, 1999? How about Dec. 21, 2012 – the end of the Mayan calendar?

The arrival of Halley’s comet has made some people think that the end times are upon us.

So when will we really know when our time is up?

The beauty of it all is we won’t know. I don’t think anyone really wants to know – because even if you did know, what could you do about it?

Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 24:36 about the end of the world: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

So anyone purporting to have figured this whole thing out is rather full of themselves, in my opinion.

I imagine if you look hard enough on any given day it may seem like the end times are upon us. That’s why I believe we should all strive to treat each other with kindness. 

If it is last days, why not make them more pleasant? If it’s not apocalypse week, the worst thing that could happen is we all get along.

As always, I welcome your comments. You can reach me by email at tstangl@theameryfreepress.com, telephone 715-268-8101 or write me at P.O. Box 424, Amery, WI, 54001.

Thanks for reading; I’ll keep in touch. Feel free to do the same.