In Case You Missed It
Last Friday evening, about midnight, the world came to an end according to the Mayan calendar. There has been much hype for years in the news media about the projected end of the world. It should be no surprise because mankind has predicted the end of the world for generations. So far, every prediction by man of the end of the world has failed. Compare that record to the record of God. Man does not compare. So why do we still listen to men? The Bible warns us about listening to men. There is danger for our souls by doing so. No man has ever been right in his own doctrines and precepts, and yet millions of souls follow their pathways of destruction. Jesus was God upon this earth, and Jesus said that even He did not know the time when the Lord would render His judgment upon the earth by destroying it. Only God knows the time of the end.
Yet, in all of this, men have made predictions about the end of the world, and when the time came and went, they usually had some backup plan to present to their followers. "Oh, a mis-calculation on my part";
or "Perhaps enough people prayed and God changed His mind"; or my favorite one is "Well, the earth did end, you just missed it".
Have you noticed that every generation seems to come up with their own predictions about the end of the world? In order for these predictions to gain any support, the people who make them present themselves has being someone who knows what they are talking about, and usually have a charismatic personality. After having scammed people out of millions of dollars, they just leave the scene, and live happily ever after, and cease making predictions.
But we must also remember that everything we do and say will be judged by the Great Judge when this earth finally does come to an end. And it will. The evidence of God's promises and predictions guarantee that things will be just as God said they would be.
The end of the world will come with a fervent heat and it will burn up the earth and everything in it. Read 2 Peter 3 to read about the end of the world.
When will it happen? I do not know, you do not know and nobody on this earth knows when that time will come. All we know is that we are supposed to be ready for the Lord's return. So as we read in 2 Peter 3:11 "Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,".
Indeed, what sort of person ought you to be, knowing that at any moment, God will decide it is time for this world to end. No person or culture or religion can predict this event. Verse 12 tells us we should be "looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God" Verse 14 tells us to be found on that day "to be in peace, spotless and blameless."
Until that day, we are supposed to prepare for the end of the world, and set the right example and let our light shine so as to help others find salvation from God.
By Carey Scott
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