End Of The World…Not!

As we all know (and can see and experience), today, May 21st of the year of our Lord 2011, is NOT the end of the world. To those of you who are still frantic about the “last things” to accomplish, run frantically no more. You are only wasting your time.

The first time I saw of this crazy and undeniably foolish ‘prediction’ on one of the opened tabs of my Dad on his Macbook, I snickered. How stubborn can people get, really? I’m not saying I’m perfect–yes, I am as stubborn creature myself–but I’m not too stubborn and foolish to the point of attempting to do something utterly impossible: stating the exact date of the end of the world. How many times does Jesus have to say this:

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. ”

– Mark 13:32-33

To those who mathematically computed for Doomsday’s date which was not genuine at all, please learn from your mistake. WE will NEVER KNOW until the real day comes. Indeed, the second coming of the King of Kings (no longer as a suffering Servant) is drawing closer and closer each day. The initial signs are obvious:

  • false prophets
  • wars (and rumors of  wars, both within society and among nations)
  • one nation hating another
  • famines
  • earthquakes
And may I add, tsunamis and floods (though you don’t have to worry about mountain-high floods; God promised He won’t repeat the Great Deluge ever again). According to Jesus, those are just the beginning of birth pains. Like a mother laboring to deliver her precious baby, so the world will cry and wallow in pain until the Son of Man, the Lord Almighty, comes in glory.
Why such the long wait for the actual end of the world? Why throw at us the signs, Lord? This period is something we should not complain about, but instead, thank God for! He is being very, very, very ultra mega patient with us, waiting for broken people to return to Him because He desires no one to perish. Not a soul (2 Peter 3:8-10). Indeed God is just, but even His justice flows from His undying love for humanity–His undying, sacrificial and patient love for you and for me. Don’t take that for granted. Don’t wait for the “end of the world”–whenever that is–because once the “first end” comes, you would wish you received Christ earlier. By God’s grace, He has given me the privilege of studying about the end times in our church last year. The series contained mostly facts that I myself wouldn’t want to hear, but I cannot help heeding the truth. Do you want a sneak-peek of the “end of the world?” Here’s what it looks like:
  1.  “At that time….There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered….” (Daniel 12:1) The world will marvel at this occurrence, but not for long because..
  2. “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’…. then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” (Matthew 24:15-16) the Antichrist shall rise and gain control of the world. This marks the beginning of what we call the Tribulation period.  This will last for 7 years. Oh and it’s not just “it-will-last-for-seven-years-let’s-have-fun” kind of period. The most grueling pain and suffering mankind will ever experience shall take place in this period. The movies make it look manageable, but the Bible says in Revelation 9:6:
“During those days [end days] people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.”
While it is not yet the end of the world, there is hope. Remember, above all else: GOD IS LOVE! He is just, but He is LOVE. 🙂 He wants YOU to have a bright, limitless and awesome, eternal future with Him starting here on earth. Don’t wait when darkness falls and you can no longer see the light of day until you come to your senses and say, “God save me.” Life spent well is a life spent bonding faithfully with Jesus. 🙂
Have you eternal life? God loves you, dear one. He really does.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son; that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16
Now replace the underlined words with your name (or appropriate pronoun). See? This is God’s gift. 🙂
*All Bible verses are taken from BibleGateway, NIV 
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