The next time you probably ask a stranger on the street what time it is he might tell you the time three hours ahead of GMT. And if you ask why he will tell you he is going by the Mecca Clock Tower. If you ask why, seeing that for the past 125 years, the international community has accepted that the start of each day should be measured from the prime meridian, representing 0 degrees longitude, which passes through the Greenwich Observatory, he may proudly reply we are “Putting Mecca time in the face of Greenwich Mean Time. This is the goal.”
For more than a century, a point on the top of a hill in south-east London has been recognised as the centre of world time and the official starting point of each new day. But now the supremacy of Greenwich Mean Time is being challenged by a gargantuan new clock being built in Mecca, by which the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims could soon be setting their watches.
Big Ben (L) and Mecca Clock Tower(R)
Due to start ticking on Thursday as the faithful begin fasting during the month of Ramadan, the timepiece sits atop the Royal Mecca Clock Tower which dominates Islam’s holiest city. It is at the heart of a vast complex funded by the Saudi government that will also house hotels, shopping malls and conference halls. Bearing a striking resemblance to both St Stephen’s Tower, which houses the bell of Big Ben, and the Empire State Building, the Saudi upstart aims to outdo its revered British rival in every way.
The clock’s four faces are 151ft in diameter and will be illuminated by 2million LED lights along with huge Arabic script reading: “In the name of Allah”. The clock will run on Arabia Standard Time which is three hours ahead of GMT. –The Telegraph
The muslim community seems to be taking over the world. Through monuments and activities underscoring their presence. It is blatant that Islam is planning to be recognised through legislation (shariya law), art and culture on shores far and wide from Mecca.
Next year the Ground Zero mosque may be brilliantly opened on the 10th anniversay of September 11 attack on the World Trade Centre. The location of the mosque -Ground Zero of course; with just a few ripples of concern.
Not to be out done, Evangelical Christendom has also fronted its own hilarious version of a world domination plan. Thanks to The Prayer of Jabez. No its not about preaching the gospel. That was left to the Reformers. The church is lost in materialism and prosperity gospel. They are naming it and claiming it at a fast rate that theres not much space in church centres to house the growing numbers of un churched prospects. Resorting to the building of multi-site Mega-Churches. Business seems to be booming and they are making merchandise of everything within sight from rosperity prayer shawls to candle sticks and Christianised New Age teachings clothed as positive mantras and confessions. This spiritual malaise of materialistic carousel can only be likened to the days of Noah.
This Thursday 12th August 2010 the Mecca Clock Tower goes live. It may as well be time to prepare for the Second return of Christ.