Now we can get all Christianese about it and say that Matthew 24:36 is quite clear that no one knows when the end of the world is going to be. Or we can get all “derogatory” with and about those people that haven’t read or don’t want to believe that the Mayan calendar is simply coming to the end of its long cycle (kind of like our yearly calendar just ticks over at the end of every calendar year). Or we can even get all philosophical about it and agree with the statement that tomorrow will indeed be the end of the world as we know it, as it would have changed and have been altered in one or other substantive way. Or…
… we can face the reality that tomorrow could very well be the end of the world.
I am not saying that the Mayans are correct. But neither am I denying the sovereignty of God in deciding which day He may choose to end the world and bring about judgement. You see, it could very well be that the Mayans only guessed it correctly. But whether they guessed it right or not, does not change the fact the God could indeed use tomorrow as the time to send Jesus back to collect the saints and banish the lost.
So, the real question that remains, is are you right with God?
Are you ready to find out what’s on the other side of death? Is there really an eternity, or do you come back as something else? But if the earth is totally destroyed, what will you come back as? Or maybe you become one with everything, or get absorbed into the nothing? Which one will it be; the something or the nothing?
Can you really afford to be wrong?
Jesus offers eternal life. If He’s wrong, then you have nothing to lose; you’ll either return to a desolate and wasteland earth, or you’ll dissolve into nothing and won’t know anyway, or you’ll become one with everything and won’t care either way. But that’s only if He’s wrong.
But if He’s right, you have everything to gain or lose. You will either have eternal life or eternal damnation. Can you really risk it?
But here’s the catch – Jesus doesn’t only want your fear of death. He wants your heart. You see, I don’t believe that the world is going to end tomorrow. I believe that we’re all going to wake up on Saturday morning and go, “Ah!! Yet another prediction all gone wrong.” And the commitment you make to follow Jesus before the world is supposed to end, will require a follow through when you wake up the very next day.
Jesus is not only your ticket out of death, but He is your journey on your way to eternal life. That journey is this life that you are living now. And because you are going one way, in order for you to go the other way (to eternal life), you need to change direction. That change in direction is called repentance. It requires an attitude and even a behavioural change on your part. But it is worth it.
Go on. Give your heart to Jesus.
Pray with me:
Heavenly Father. I admit that I do not have all the answers. I admit that even though I may think that I am a good person, there is without a doubt, something that I have done that has ultimately been an offense to you. I may not even know what that offense may be, but I know that there will have been something. And so I confess to you that I have sinned against You and am in need of a saviour. Lord, I do not want to be eternally damned and am therefore here to now accept Your free gift of salvation through the death and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus of Nazareth. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to be the person that You have destined me to be. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Now go find a local Church, tell them that you have committed your life to Jesus, and start your journey towards eternal life in the fellowship of other believers.
If you want, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will labour with you in prayer for you to find a local Church.
May God richly bless you this day as you begin this journey. In Jesus name. Amen.
my name is darryl
and this is what i have to say
Matthew 24:36 (NIV) – “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father”
Oh, how easy (and tempting) it would be to write something witty in response to the going-ons of Harold Camping and his Family Radio ministry. And how easy to mention the verses that refute what he is saying, the verses that speak against presumptuous prophecies, and Jesus’ own warnings of the end times. Or how easy to mention example after example of previous failed dooms-day prophecies that have been written off as purely spiritual experiences. As I was pondering these things, wanting to get in on the ‘anti-Harold’ hype, the Holy Spirit drew my attention to Philippians 1:4 and simply asked me, “So why don’t you pray for him?”
I was like “what???????” He doesn’t need my prayers! He needs my knowledge of the Bible (the little bit that I have)! But God just spoke again and said, “No. He needs your prayers.” You see, Paul writes some incredible stuff in Philippians 1:3-6 (NKJV):
(3) I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, (4) always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, (5) for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, (6) being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
I’m not going to get into all that Paul is saying, but God was directing me to verse 4 which says that in every prayer of Paul’s, he was praying with joy for those that he was remembering. EVERY prayer! Not some prayers, but EVERY prayer. That’s a tall order (in my mind), but it is the teaching of the Bible.
So the question is, when last did you pray for your local dooms-day prophet?
Join me now:
Father, I pray for Harold Camping and I thank You Lord for this zealous servant of Yours. I thank You Lord that He is eager for Your return, as we all are, but ask Father that You would give Him light to see the truth that no-one knows the day or hour, not even the angels or the Son of Man. I pray Father that You would help him to keep his tongue so that no more people may be deceived and so that Your name can be mocked no more. I pray that You would continue to fill him with Your Spirit so that he (and all of us), can be getting on with the work of Your Kingdom, until Your Son’s return. In Jesus name. Amen.
my name is darryl
and this is what I have to say
… before speaking on behalf of God? If there is but one thing and it is the ONLY thing that you take away from this blog, know now that God is not angry with you, your brother, your sister, your mother, your father, your auntie, uncle, cousin, neighbour, or friend. For that matter then, He’s not angry with the world. So please, please, please, do not go watch Legion and believe that this is an accurate reflection of things to come.
Now I’m probably preaching to the converted as they would say, but you know people who may actually believe this. So here’s a few Biblical bullets to put in that gun of yours when you need to fire away at them.