The End… Again

According to errant eschatologists (folks who spend lots of time studying about the end of time), whether Mayan, Aztec or New Age, December 21, 2012 is supposed to be either the end of all we know or at least the beginning of a new age. It is all reminiscent of the Y2K hub-bub and, to quote Dr. Phil, “How’s that working out for you?” Well, as it turns out, not so much.

The obsession with the cataclysmic demise of planet earth and the attendant predictions certainly make the headlines, probably because of their sensational, apocalyptic nature; but they do not contain a single grain of truth. A far simpler, more sensical position would be the truth of the Word of God. James calls life uncertain at its core, a moment to moment existence (James 4:14). Peter tells us that the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10); and Paul claims the event will transpire in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52).

I suppose being on a constant state of alert dampens the excitement of preparing for a foregone conclusion but, believe you me, there will be excitement aplenty when the Lord descends “from Heaven with a shout” and those of us still living meet Him in the air; that will be the end of all things temporal (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). This simple view of the end of all things certainly dampens the economy for generator sales and storm-cellar stocking but thinking people find this scenario thrilling enough to stay prepared for less than a moment’s notice of the end – and continue to live today like tomorrow is eternal.