The End of the World Explains Tall Buildings

When I was a child, one of those bits of general knowledge that it was felt important for us all to know was this: “The Empire State Building in New York is the tallest building in the world”. It wasn’t – but our schoolbooks were a few years out of date, adults repeated stuff they themselves had learned at school, and general familarity with the true tallest building (the far less interesting North Tower of the World Trade Center) took a while to cross the Atlantic, despite the first remake of King Kong. Either way, though, the fact that the tallest building in the world was in the USA seemed part of the natural order of things.

Now, however, the tallest buildings are in Asia and Middle East, so something must be dreadfully amiss. Over to our favourite Christian apocalypticist, Joel Richardson:

We have all seen pictures of the Burj Dubai in Dubai. Presently it is the world’s tallest building. In the following diagram, the Burj Dubai is the smallest building to the right. Next to it is the proposed Mubarak Tower in Kuwait, the Al Berj Tower in Dubai, and Mile Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves Genesis 11:4

Joel’s commentators warm to the theme:

Man is again attempting to make it self like god…History repeats itself again…YES, Babylon WILL RETURN (or IS RETURNED already?)…

This is a remarkable attitude from citizens of the only country to have put men on the moon, and which continues to lead the way in reaching to the heavens – not anymore through phallus-waving skyscrapers of dubious value, but through scientific space exploration. There’s a reasonable hope that one day engineers will develop the technology to create a “space elevator“, which would facilitate transport into space in a way that is far safer and more environmentally-friendly than the way we do it today; if those who read the Bible superstitiously gain the upper hand, there’s not much chance of it ever being in the USA.