According to the Book of Revelations, the final instalment of that long running thriller serial The Bible, the coming of the Antichrist is an event which will signal the End of Days when God destroys the world in the Battle of Armageddon. Now the Book of Revelations gives us many signs to look out for so we will be warned of the imminent arrival of the antichrist. I cant remember them properly, theyre a bit whacko, something about a Great Whore riding on a seven headed serpent, The Beast whose name shall be a number, number 666; and farty smelling fireballs raining down from the sky. If you have see The League of Gentlemens Apocalypse youll get the idea.
Anyway, one of the signs we have to look out for is the destruction of the Christian churches.
Just for the craic I visit a lot of American discussion forums and there see many posts from ranting Evangelical Christian preachers who claim to have been sent signs that we are entering The End of Days and should be preparing for the moment when all our clothes fall off and we float up to heaven.
But the end may be further on than we think. I wonder what the fundies would make of this…
A bill calling for the disestablishment of the Church of England (the removal of statutory links between Church and state) was presented for debate in Parliament this week. The reference number allocated to the bill in the administrative system is 666 (cue opening chords of Bachs Toccata and Fuge)
So the antichrist will appear in the British Parliament during the debate. This would be quite frightening were Tony Blair still in Parliament.