The period of time designated 2000 on our calender should not hold any intrinsic special significance. It is merely a decision on the part of some of mankind to designate and associate that period of time with the number 2000. In terms of any Biblical chronology that supposedly God must be following it can't intrinsically have any significance either after the various calender changes, the years of error between Christ's death and when the A.D. counting begins etc. Our modern way of accounting days is even different from the Bible which views the evening (from sunset) and the morning (the following period of daylight) as a day. Yet, many people have been convinced that the year 2000 is something special. It is like Kennedy's end-of-the-decade man-on-the-moon belief that America took up so heartedly.
"Those closest to John Paul [II]... became convinced that, in the wake of the shooting, the pope was motivated, perhaps even obsessed, by the thought that something dramatically decisive would happen to the world by the year 2000. He has said so on more than one occasion as he sat with his trusted and beloved Polish Mafia in the papal apartment. They have noticed his growing commitment to eschatology, which incorporates the view based on biblical teachings that God will inaugurate his kingdom through a series of 'happenings' to close the second Christian
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