This went on also in the 1640s, when people were convinced the end of the world was at hand. After the Battle of Edgehill the local shepherds saw ghost battles in the sky. Now we see things from the other end of the lens. The second temple was not like the first. The fissure keeps expanding. People have their backs to some sort of invisible wall, they are too busy glancing constantly behind themselves and then dusting the threatening implications off their shoulder blades even to keep up with the latest signs bearing down on them out of Revelations.
Overview of the 2nd fissure on Fimmvörðuháls, close to Eyjafjallajökull, as the lava flows down towards the north, turning snow into steam: photo by Boaworm, 2 April 2010