End Times Coming?

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Donald Trump has been losing it a lot lately, mentally decomposing.  The more he does, the more likely it becomes that the world will end with a bang.  We cannot rule out a whimper, however – not with the Commander-in-Chief’s mind, what there is of it, fluttering hither and yon.

Or maybe Providence has something more Biblical in store.

In the Book of Revelation, six hundred sixty-six is “the mark of the beast.”  For some two thousand years, that number has been associated with the Anti-Christ and with what evangelicals nowadays call “the end times.”  The number 666 figures in esoteric mystical and satanic practices, and in the folk traditions of peoples throughout Christendom.  It is a point of reference in the popular culture of our time.

How ironic therefore that the address of the skyscraper office building that is playing such a prominent role in Jared Kushner’s fall from grace is 666 Fifth Avenue!

The demonic connotations of that building’s address have been part of the folklore surrounding it from the time that Tishman Realty and Construction, a far bigger deal than the Trump Organization, had the office tower built in the late fifties.  Tishman had no problem renting out office and retail space on that account; in those saner times, Christian eschatology was less commercially and politically consequential than it has since become.

The Kushner Real Estate Group, which under Jared’s leadership acquired 666 in 2007,…

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