Where were you the day the world didn’t end? I spent most of the day trying to clean some of the clutter out of my garage. It looks better but I really didn’t get rid of much, I just moved things from one place to another and rearranged my stuff. It was so frustrating that I was hoping the world would end, and soon, but it didn’t.
Since before the time of Christ there have been countless predictions about the End of Days. The End is usually predicted to to come in the form of some grand cataclysmic event. Earthquake, tsunami, tornadoes, hurricanes, famine, asteroids or meteors colliding with the Earth or some other horrific catastrophe. To date, as we can all attest to, non of the countless predictions have come to pass. We’re still here.
According to some religious doomsday believers this past Saturday May 21, the world was suppose to end yet again. Well, not really end, but begin the final approach to the end. Saturday was to have been what Christian call the Rapture, A day when all faithful Christians both living and dead will be ascended into heaven. True believers will simple disappear from the face of the earth. Those who are not saved in the Rapture and left behind will endure great suffering and turmoil up until October 21, 2011, when the world will end.
Those who believed that the May 21, date was accurate, accept the Bible as the incontestable word of God, and they find within the carefully studied scripture “infallible proofs” that the end is firmly scheduled. Many believers quit jobs, bailed on families and gave or signed away their possessions in preparation for the end that never came. Surprisingly, these believers don’t all feel deceived. Some may fall away but when you’re a true believer, a failed doomsday doesn’t shake your faith. Instead, true believers simply dismiss the “end-that-wasn’t,” as a calculation error. With deeper study and prayer, they’re sure to find another doomsday just around the corner. The next scheduled doomsday prediction is for December 21, 2012, the day the Mayan “long count” calendar ends. Many believe we are on the final countdown and all the recent natural disasters and turbulent times are precursors to the end of days.
It’s not hard to understand why so many people believe that on a specific day in the near future the world will end? Belief in an apocalyptic end satisfies some of our basic human needs and gives purpose to our lives. The image of Christ and a legion of His Angels descending to Earth from the heavens with the promise of a better world excites us and gives us hope. Hope springs eternal…
Like many of you I believe that the world will end one day. I’m am not foolish enough to think that this madhouse can go on forever. When I was a kid I use to think the world would end with Christ coming down from Heaven in a fiery, golden chariot drawn by two white, winged stallions, followed by an army of angels. And as He descended and hovers above us (about 500 ft in the air) , written in the sky Behind Him, against a backdrop of silvery clouds would be these two huge words, “THE END” with credits rolling behind them, just like a Hollywood movie! Hey, what did I know I was just a kid!
I know Christ will return one day perhaps sooner than later, but let’s face it, no one really knows when. Anyone who tries to predict His return is a damn fool. I don’t care how long and hard you study scripture you will never accurately pinpoint an exact date or time. The Bible contains numerous references to Christ’s return and the one thing that is clear in many of those passages is that we best be ready because we don’t have a clue as to when He’ll be back. The best thing that you and I can do is be prepared!
“For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.” Thessalonians 5:4,9-10
“Be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. “Matthew 24:42
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” Matthew 24:36
“Love always involves responsibility and sacrifice. we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared to face His task and take up His cross…” William Barclay