The End of the World

It will soon be May 21st. A man I do not know has created quite a stir predicting the end of the world on May 21st. Largely this is not only rejected, but has created quite a cacophony of  laughter directed toward all Christians. So thanks for that.

As a matter of disclosure I’m a decided amillennialist. The rapture idea is that after Jesus collects all the Christians from the earth, there are people left behind to endure terrible things in order to give them a second chance. It makes a great series of novels, but I find little in the Bible to support it. I do not place any faith in the purported timelines popularized by premillennialists.  The first time I ever saw an end times map was on the 700 Club and Pat Robertson had everything figured out. I’ve seen John Hagee take a shot at it. And Hal Lindsey’s Late Great Planet Earth hit a glitch when his predicted date came and went. We’re  not very good at learning from history.

That doesn’t mean that I look down on the pre-mills. Many of them are excellent Bible students with a great deal of faith. Like many others, I figure that whatever Jesus wants to do when He comes back, I certainly won’t argue with him. I remember when I was in college hearing an elderly Church of Christ minister banging on a pulpit and screaming about ‘the damnable heresy of premillennialism’. I think that’s a stretch. I still agree with his main points, but the crescendo of condemnation at the end was not acceptable to me.

It doesn’t hurt to ask the question, “If I knew the end of the world was Saturday, what would I do?” Looking around it is clear that the world does not believe that the world is about to end. Mostly they’ve made fun of the messenger. So the Enemy must be pleased that people once again ridicule God, host their rapture parties, and ignore the truth.

I’ll close this post with a word from 2 Peter 3.

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.  By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.  By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

So, there is a day coming. It’s not May 21st, probably. But since we do not know the day, we should approach each day as if it were that one great day that is coming.

~John

 

 

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