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End Times Party 2012! Dead bees, bats and dolphins, Paul Begley and the Mark of the Bees

End Times Party 2012! Dead bees, bats and dolphins, Paul Begley and the Mark of the Bees

Millions of bees dropping dead in Florida–900 dolphins washing up on shore–thousands of bats dying mysteriously–this is the topic of Begley's recent broadcast that is reminiscent of the animal and insect deaths of 2011.

With his newly minted blue coffee mug and with his trademark "Are you SERIOUS?" Paul Begley has possibly coined a new phrase to describe the end of the world–the Mark of the Bees (or it could have been the Mark of the Beast–it's a little hard to tell):

While we didn't find anything about dead bees, Begley is referring to the 900 dolphins that washed up on shore in Peru over the last four months.   Nobody really knows what killed them, but suspect a virus may be the culprit.   Seven million bats are dying in Vermont, and scientists think it's a fungus called "white nose" but they really don't know what it is.

White nose is caused by a fungus that prompts bats to wake from their winter hibernation and die when they fly into the winter landscape in search of food that isn’t there. First spotted in New York six years ago, it’s been found in 16 states and four Canadian provinces.

It’s nearly wiped out some species. One of the hardest-hit is the little brown bat, once the most common bat in the Northeast and found across the country, in much of Canada and north into Alaska.

Begley isn't the only one catching the end times feel.  The apocalyptic spirit brought on by the deaths of these animals is hitting the end times community like a bee thudding to the ground from full flight. And one enterprising end times site thinks that the wrong turn of a gray whale into a river is reason enough for Jesus to return.

Twenty tons of dead fish washed up on a beach in Norway in January, and blackbirds are still falling from the sky in Arkansas.

After a lull of a year, the end of the world spirit is alive and well, and it's fun to have Paul Begley, the most colorful and interesting minister we know) to put his spin on it.


About Dakota O'Leary

Dakota O'Leary is a freethinker, and often sassy, scholar of theology and literature. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and her Master of Arts degree in Theology and Literature from Antioch University-Midwest. She is a contributing writer focusing on eschatology, biblical prophecy, and general religious news. Dakota is a co-host of the God Discussion radio show, offering insight to the news stories of the week. We like to call her "our in-house Biblical prophecy expert" as her articles on eschatology have received over 200,000 views on God Discussion.
  • Deborah_B

    Mark of the Bees!  LOL!

    Glad to hear the end times are still a-ticking.  They make for interesting news stories.

  • joe paterno

    Never heard of this guy.  I couldn't even make it through his video. 

    • Except he's serious.

      • Dakotaoleary

        Dead serious.

        • joe paterno

          Are you sure he's not an atheist trying to cash in on a sure thing?

          • Dakotaoleary

            We're sure.  He's carried on a number of Christian sites and is a minister in Indiana at Community Gospel Baptist Church (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Community-Gospel-Baptist-Church/326263279435) with his brother Charles. He's a real minister who knows how to cash in on his popularity.    He also sells Paul Begley posters, regularly posts his sermons on YouTube, and has T-shirts.

            • joe paterno

              I hear (read and comprehend) everything you are saying.  Anton LaVey would have LOVED this guy.  (Or, at the very least, to anyone who has issue with that, Begley would have brought a smile to his face.)

          • I know he seems like a minister from Landover, but he's the real deal in lunacy, not some atheist joke.

            • joe paterno

              Well, naturally, having no earthly idea at all what you meant by 'minister from Landover' I had to google the term which led me to landover baptist pastors where I read: 

              Landover Baptist Pastors are God's authority on Earth. This is obvious even
              to the half-witted homosexual man who would rather play Jack-Be-Nimble in the
              flower beds of this great nation than come to terms with God Almighty.

              We make no bones about it. If you are a member of our church, or if you are
              an unsaved stranger, passing on the street. If you encounter one of our pastors,
              he immediately becomes your authority, according to scripture. Landover pastors
              can tell you the moral temperature of this Country at the drop of a hat. They
              can bring down the wrath of God, or turn up the heat of Hell with a simple
              prayer or rebuke.

              They are men to be loved, and feared. They are the manifestation of God's
              Authority on earth. Tangle with a pastor.. tangle with the Lord!

              • joe paterno

                As an aside, how do you hear of these people?  If I did not enter this site occasionally, I would be oblivious.

                • Part of it is, some of us grew up among such people and have an idea of the horrors they pose.  That said, we more or less watch them like a hawk because we know their agenda.  Some of us have done research on what is happening in politics and dug deeper with research and found who is behind it.  We found they come from some of the same sects/cults we grew up in, which really do need to be watched, thus we also see sites like Right Wing Watch.  Their agenda is to take over our government, schools, etc and force their brand of Xainity on everyone.  This is one of the many reasons God Discussion exists- to get the word out that these crazy delusional people are actually trying to do these things.  It is also one of the reasons we saw Palin and more recently Santorum.  Romney maybe up to the same thing, despite being Mormon.  Ironically, other Mormons are not too keen on Romney either.

                • Deborah_B

                   I started following him a couple years ago … and then when Time magazine reported on him, I think a lot of us became fans.  I personally subscribed to at least 100 different preachers' channels, newsletters, etc., because it is fascinating to me.  I suspect Dakota probably does the same.

              • They're all atheists though.

                • joe paterno

                  You're being sarcastic, of course.

                • No I'm not.  Those involved with Landover Baptist Church are atheists.  They made the site to poke fun of religion.

  • joe paterno

    12 million honeybees found dead in Florida
    You know, Begley aside, this is a tragic news story.  Because this post has been couched in apocalyptic terms, the reader can bypass what is really horrific news:  mass deaths of species.  And that's tragic.

    • I agree, but he's not going to focus on the tragic of a species of bees dying.

    • Dakotaoleary

      This was from last year.  Begley was talking about an event that happened this year, and that is what I have not been able to find.

      • joe paterno

        Have you checked in with Bayer?  I understand they're on top of all the bee stories.

    • Deborah_B

      It's been a serious issue for years now — a symptom of how we are degrading the environment.  But, of course, the religious right believes that the earth is 6000 years old and that we can trash the planet as much as we want.

      We really need to start focusing on practical solutions to what are clearly environmental "red flags" rather than seeing these things as signs that a messiah will drop through the clouds and make everything better.

  • Timothy

    Yeah, Paul's an alright guy – and as many hypocrites we have today in the "mainstream" or "organised" church should i say (i call them "hypo's"), he's a breath of fresh air.  Pastor Paul is funny, friendly, "real", and a true-blue christian.  I love the way he says the word "what", not because i'm a Begley 'fanboy' or whatever, but because i'm a christian too and love him dearly as my brother in Christ. "Unsaved" people just don't understand this kind of love – that's because it's divine, from above, and not "natural" or common love. Get some!

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