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Thursday, December 6, 2012

The End of the World

I couldn’t resist doing some research after hearing on the news that the Mayan calendar says the end of the world is coming on December 21st this year. I found out that’s not exactly the case. Actually, the Mayan calendar only goes to December 21, 2012, so I guess people think that means the end of the world.

I remember a few years ago when thirty-five cult members in Russia went to live in a cave, because they believed the world was coming to an end. They went underground with their charismatic leader who called himself “Father Pyotr,” a self-declared prophet. (He left his family and established his own “church.”) After several months, his followers crawled out into the snow in a still-existing world.

Family Radio host Harold Camping set the end of the world date for May 21, 2011, which, also, came and went. Many people took him seriously.

Perhaps the most prolific date setters for the end of the world are the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Their committee has set dates fourteen times: 1897, 1899, 1916, 1918, 1922, 1923, 1925 (twice), 1926, 1931, 1941, 1968 (twice), and 1975. And, we’re still here.

Dates come, and dates go.

Some tremble . . . and some laugh.

Some are probably hoarding provisions now. (Why, if the world is no longer going to be here . . .?)

I am so thankful we have the Bible!

Deuteronomy 18:21-22, And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

That's simple enough! If it happens, the prophet is a true prophet. If not, then not. (This was written before the completion of the Bible.) We can be thankful that all of God's prophecies have been fulfilled exactly as He said they would be, so we know we can trust Him when He tells us about things still to come.

There’s more. Jesus said, Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only (Matthew 24:35-36).

If only God knows when the end of the world will be, what day and hour that will be, does anyone need to be setting dates?

If anyone sets a date, isn’t it folly?

Sadly, even Christians might be deceived by men who make predictions. The Bible says, talking about the end times, For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect (Matthew 24:24).

The Bible has practical advice for us. We’re to be ready when Jesus comes! We don’t know when it will be, but we need to be prepared in our hearts.

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. . . . Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing (Matthew 24:44, 46).

Let’s be ready!


  1. Dec. 21 is our anniversary. I guess it's good to be celebrating the last day. :-)

    Seriously, though, I always figure when someone sets a date for "the end," it is going to be wrong, because Jesus said no man knows the day or the hour when He will return. I do wonder if this repeated setting of dates is going to cause some to scoff all the more.

    But it is good that we can be prepared right now for the end whenever it comes by trusting Jesus as Savior.

  2. Happy Anniversary! I would imagine you will still be able to celebrate it--if the Lord doesn't come before then.

    I agree with you that it probably will not happen when someone has set the date. We can't know of course, so it's the top secret of the ages.


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