Two different questions. Two different answers. Two perspectives. Two nearly dichotomous meanings. What is it behind these two questions? What mysteries lie beneath them? Let us start with the first question posed.
The Beginning of the End. In this phrase we see many interloping significances and implications. Beginning, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is defined as “the origin of something, or the place, time, or way in which something started” and “the first part of something or the start of something”. End, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is defined as “the last or farthest part of something or of a period of time, beyond which it does not exist”. Since the creation of this Earth its days were already numbered, its obituary written down in the Bible. All of what we see around has an end. Plants, animals, machines, all that surround us has an eventual conclusion. It depreciates, it decays. Surely we can apply the term Beginning of the End to certain current and past events and commotions. For example, “it is the beginning of the end for the Blackberry phone” or “it was the beginning of the end for the army of Napoleon in Russia”.
Yet, in all of these cases, as the old adage outlines, life goes on. The era of the Blackberry phone has ended, life goes on. The army of Napoleon is at an end, life goes on. President Obama’s term is about to end, life goes on. Trench warfare is no more, life goes on. An animal is about to become extinct, life goes on. While we live on this earth life will go on and will not stop to place rightful judgement on something. The Earth revolves around and around. The Universe expands and reveals its wonders to the gigantic scientific microscopes. Yet all of this has been realized without any sort of interruption whatsoever. Humans die at different times apart from each other, but humanity itself keeps pushing forward in a straight line. We are but travelers in this amazing odyssey that we call life itself.
Has everything that we as humans have lived through points to the beginning of the end? Are we living to see the beginning of the end? From the sin of the first two humans in the Garden of Eden to today, we can interpret the times as unraveling themselves to reveal a void, an end. These times we are seeing evil multiply and many of the prophecies in the Bible are eerily becoming more and more relevant. Are these current times the beginning of the end? Or has the beginning of this inevitable end started since ancient times and we are just in the middle of the story, we are the climax? God already has destroyed Earth once with water only to let a faithful few survive. Was this a second opportunity for humanity to recognize its creator before He again wiped it out, this time with fire? Christ then set forth how this world was going to end and the Gospels laid out the prophecies. Was this a reminder of something that had already been set forth before thousands of years ago, that the Earth was going to be completely destroyed one way or another?
Let us ponder the other term, end of the beginning. The end of the beginning implies, for the purposes of this paper, that the coming of the end will purposefully put a conclusion to the beginning, or the creation that surrounds us. This conclusion will cease every aspect of our existence here on this physical world as well as everything with the spirit of life. The ending of this world, in this instance, takes over as the ultimate goal, the ultimate aim. In the other way, the beginning of the end, the beginning takes center stage as the main topic of deliberation. The beginning of the end needs to start somewhere. The beginning is the catalyst that moves us to the end of the story. Assuming that nothing on this Earth is eternal we hold this to be true. With the end of the beginning, it is the end that drives forth the beginning to its void. Like a black hole in space, the end (which has been lying in wait since before) devours the beginning. Has this end been prepared since before the creation of this Earth? We can only speculate the answer.
One issue is clear, though, there will be an end. There will be an end to the story that we live on and whose pages of the book are not endless, but finite. All that humanity has created and achieved cannot sustain further pages of the book. With the final chapters being written, what are we going to add to this giant book? How is our beginning leading to the end? Have we let the end inadvertently near us as a neighbor? Whether we are young or old we cannot deny that death is always near, waiting like a lion ready to jump on its prey. The biggest threat to us is not a health issue, but a spiritual one. Our soul is at stake at each moment of our lives and the enemy of our soul is constantly waging war against it. It is our soul that we must be preoccupied about. It is true, people have grown probably tired of hearing fire and brimstone being brought down from the pulpits and condemnations of sins. We want to hear peace, love, family, solace. There is nothing wrong with this at all, we all want peace and love. But we must always keep in mind the truth that after the end comes two worlds that do not mix with each other, Heaven and Hell. We must gain that effort to get a hold of the road to Heaven. And the Ten Commandments are a good way to start in this endeavor. Keep them as the Lord Jesus Christ did. If He could being human, then we can as well. Let us make our beginning come to a good end and not let the end determine our fate.