May 10, 2011

The End is Near

If you're planning any big decisions in the next few weeks, you might as well hold off. And don't bother getting out of bed on May 21. Just sleep in, have some coffee, snuggle with the kids or the dog and wait.

There is a big media frenzy regarding the end of the world next year ...in 2012. It all stems from the Long Count Calendar developed by the ancient Mayan culture. The guy who came up with the calendar only had room on the calendar to place 5,126 years. Supposedly, next year those 5,126 years will be up.

Now just stop and think about that for a bit. It's the same as saying that the world will end on January 1, next year because the calendar sitting on your desk only goes to December 31. It's crazy. Yet, hundreds of thousands of people are uneasy about this. They look at all of the death and destruction in the world and conclude that surely the end is soon.

Now don't get me wrong. There will be an end to this world. Jesus said as much like in Matthew 25:31, "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory." There is a judgment day and an end to all things. Christ will come visibly, surrounded by angels, the dead will be raised and the Final Judgment Day will commence.

But scripture is completely silent on the date. In fact, the only thing that Jesus revealed was in Matthew 24:36, "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only". Scripture's only caution is that we should be ready like a bride waiting for the bridegroom. Being ready, by the way, means passing the grade at Judgment Day.

But back to May 21. Edwin Ramos of Vineland, N.J., is traveling around the East Coast warning people that the end will not be in 2012 but actually this month ... on May 21. Why? Because the Gregorian calendar goes from year 1 BC to year 1 AD and skips year "0". We've all been off a year! The end is in a couple of weeks! Oh My! Or, as my daughter would say, "Couldn't He have come before finals".

In any event, none of us remain as vigilant as we should be. We occupy ourselves with day to day living and rarely give thought to the final hour. But you and I have been washed by the Son of Man. When He comes in glory, His vigilance in saving us will prevail. ...whatever year that will be.

Blessings,

Pastor David Hook