Note: This post was first published in July 2011, but I’m republishing it because a reader recently commented that time seems to be going by faster. If time is hastening for you too and, given the terrible times we find ourselves in — the seemingly-intractable COVID-19 pandemic, and the radical Left’s unconstrained tearing-down of statues, monuments, and America itself — I can’t help but wonder if this is the quickening of end times. What do you think?
It is said that “the older you get, the faster time goes by.”
All of us would agree that, indeed, the days and months were as slow as molasses when we were children, in contrast to how much faster the years went by in our adulthood.
Even granted that, I’ve noticed that in the last few months, time seems to be zipping at an accelerated rate.
The main marker of my week is Sunday, which begins in a frenzy of activity as I dash about doing my morning chores, followed by a last singing rehearsal; then shower and get dressed for 8:30am Mass.
For the last several months, however, it seems that Sundays are coming around quicker and quicker. My husband, too, has the same disquieting subjective sense of time speeding by, faster and faster.
But it’s not just us.
On May 2, 2010, David Icke wrote that “Time, in my life anyway, and I know for others too, is just flying this year. What’s happening?”
Is time objectively going faster?
Down the rabbit hole we go!
That is a question for physicists and cosmologists to answer. There is an ongoing debate on the Physics Forum on whether as the universe expands, time also is speeding up. I also found a PDF document, “The Quickening: Is Time Accelerating?,” which says:
Recently, scientists have been shocked to discover that their measurements indicate the expansion of the universe is actually increasing. Rather than slowing down, as their Big Bang theory postulates, astronomers have been stunned to learn that the expansion of the universe appears to be accelerating. CNN reports “Scientists are scratching their heads over a finding that indicates the universe, rather than slowing down, is being expanded by a mysterious force at an accelerating rate. […] Would this affect the dimension we call time? We on earth do not understand time well enough to draw any conclusions.”
Then there are the Apocalypse 2012 people who claim that it’s not just our subjective sense of time speeding, but that time indeed is quickening because our Earth’s heartbeat is accelerating:
Scientists discovered many years ago that the earth gives off a pulse. This pulse or frequency which has been likened to a heartbeat has been stable at approximately 7.8 cycles per second for thousands of years. However, since around the year 1980 the earth’s heartbeat began to speed up. It has currently been measured at 12 cycles per second but the most incredible thing is some scientists believe the earth will actually stop rotating when this pulse reaches 13 cycles per second. When the earth stops rotating on its axis it is believed that it will remain still for around 3 days and then start spinning in the other direction. This will cause a reversal in the magnetic field around the earth but what will happen after this point is unclear.
This pulse is the Schumann Resonance (SR). So I looked up SR on Wikipedia:
The Schumann resonances (SR) are a set of spectrum peaks in the extremely low frequency (ELF) portion of the Earth’s electromagnetic field spectrum…named after physicist Winfried Otto Schumann who predicted it mathematically in 1952. Schumann resonances occur because the space between the surface of the Earth and the conductive ionosphere acts as a closed waveguide [that acts] as a resonant cavity for electromagnetic waves in the ELF band…. In the normal mode descriptions of Schumann resonances, the fundamental mode is a standing wave in the Earth–ionosphere cavity with a wavelength equal to the circumference of the Earth…at a frequency of approximately 7.83 Hz […] Lightning discharges are considered to be the primary natural source of Schumann resonance excitation…. At any given time there are about 2000 thunderstorms around the globe. Producing ~50 lightning events per second, these thunderstorms create the background Schumann resonance signal.
Nothing in the article on Earth’s Schumann Resonance quickening or of the Earth stopping its rotation when the SR reaches 13 cycles per second, or of the Earth’s magnetic poles flipping.
Back to the PDF document “The Quickening“. It asks:
If an acceleration of time is occurring, is it anticipated in the Bible? When describing the Great Tribulation period, Jesus stated: “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:22). […] Do other Scriptures indicate a speed-up of time in the last days? While there is no single Scripture that specifically states that time will speed up, several passages imply a quickening during earth’s final days.
Jesus likened the last days’ signs to birth pangs (Matthew 24:8). […] In addition, the apostle Paul reminded us that “the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now” (Romans 8:21-22). As the time of delivery draws near, birth pangs always increase in both intensity and frequency.
Indeed, the dictionary says one of the meanings of the word “quicken” or “quickening” is “To reach the stage of pregnancy when the fetus can be felt to move.”
So, have you also felt that time is speeding by, faster and faster?