I brought up the Condi Rice “birth pang” comment in passing and one of the commenters pointed out that it’s actually Rapture talk, if you can believe that.
I checked it out and over at the Rapture Forum they’ve been talking about the “birth pangs” of Armageddon ever since 9/11.
Having told His disciples which characteristics would not indicate the end of the age, Jesus turned to the questions themselves; He begins with the third one about the sign that would mark the end of the age (Matthew 24: 7-8; Mark 13:8; Luke 21:10-11).
According to all three Gospels, the sign of the end of the age is said to be when nation shall rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. This act will be coupled with famines and earthquakes in various places, which Messiah clearly stated would be the beginning of travail.
The term travail means â€œbirth-pang,â€ referring to the series of birth-pangs that a woman undergoes before giving birth. The prophets pictured the last days as a series of birth-pangs before the birth of the new Messianic Age. Yeshua is saying that the beginning of travail (the first birth-pang and the sign that the end of the age has begun) is when nation rises against nation and kingdom against kingdom.
In that Daily Show clip, you can tell that she almost says “growing pains” before she corrects herself and hits the Rove-approved insane-o-liciousness.
In the middle of a white-knuckle crisis like this, to give a wink to people who are actively hoping for the end of the world is just breathtaking. The words “reckless irresponsibility” are just inadequate to describe the administration’s approach, to the extent that they have one, to foreign policy.