I first heard of the Mayan prophesy of the end of the world about this time last year, after the first time the world ended on May 21, 2012 and later on October 21st of that same year.* Since the world has already ended, I was wondering ~ what do we call the events that will happen on December 21st? The Re-pocalypse? Arm-a-day-again? The Doom-lication? I guess I should have planned better because now that we are less than a week away from the end I just haven’t thought to suggest we move Christmas up a few days. Darn!
I say this all tongue in cheek, but there may really be folks that need to hear that this claim holds no merit whatsoever. It is for those who, despite a better sense, still harbor the unspoken uneasiness, that “what-if” in the back of their minds. Just the other day, walking into a deli I overheard someone say that their daughter was concerned about the whole “December 21st thing.”
The producers of prime time documentaries don’t help much. They are in the business of generating a buzz to gain viewers and ratings, so they create slick suspense and drama to inflate the message. They’re good at what they do, but come on…really? I mean, I’ve seen them pan around the ancient calendars from all angles while question marks and numbers fade across the screen as if to lull the viewer into a fog of uncertainty:
Queue the mystical music…
Add the low-voiced, scholarly narrator ~
“The sudden ending of the Mayan calendar is a mystery…”
“Perhaps they knew something we don’t know…”
“Is it fact…or fiction? Were they trying to tell us something?”
Skkkrrreeeecchh…Ok, cut the narrator and mystical music…
Here’s some uncertainty for you. Every day is uncertain. Any day could be our last. I am not guaranteed tomorrow, and neither are you. However, with all that is uncertain and all that I don’t know, I can tell you tow things that I do know with absolute certainty:
1) Rest assured, the end of the world will NOT come on December 21, 2012. Here’s why:
Jesus stated a very clear statement in Matthew 24: 35-36:
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only.”
I can’t tell you anything about December 20th , or December 22nd, nor can I tell you much about December 21st except that one thing: This earth will continue to spin that day. No one, only God the Father knows when it will stop and He will usher in a new heaven and new Earth.
2) No matter who you are, no matter when you die, Christ will come in your lifetime.
Hebrews 9:27 says, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment”
In other words, you (and I) will see Him at the end of our lives. Given the time span of eternity compared to the earthly span of our lives, that sure won’t be very far off. Seems all the “predictions” and second guessing become irrelevant from that perspective. The question we need to ask is not “When is the end?”, but rather, “What is our condition when we come to our end?” Are you ready to meet Him?
*Predictions of Harold Camping, founder of “Family Radio” Broadcasting
Have you or anyone you know ever been caught up with doomsday predictions of this sort? Would love to hear your thoughts!