I’m sure you’ve heard the end times tale. This is the final day for planet earth, give or take an hour or a day. Yet, here I sit at midnight writing, because I just thought it would be fun to do so.
Did you wonder, why weren’t more Christians condemning the statements or commenting on them or something? There are just so many people who do this over time, it almost becomes a joke, but clearly to those who agree or sit confused it isn’t.
Allow me to clarify. My grandfather loved Jesus deeply and lived his life sharing Christ with people wherever he went. He cared for his invalid wife, my grandmother, without complaint. As the year 2000 approached, he began listening to sermons by a pastor named Van Empe.
That pastor told people the end of the world would happen in the year 2000. We heard much disturbance and confusion as 2000 approached. Computer people told us it could all fall apart and we thought some catastrophe would occur. We called it Y2K. My grandfather’s health wasn’t its best and all he longed to see in life was the end of life.
Sounds weird, right? He wanted to see Jesus return. Well, 2000 came and went, we remained. A bit later my grandfather did see Jesus, but not in the way he thought.
So, please bear with those of us who’ve seen these conversations previously. The question has arisen since before Jesus walked with the disciples. As a matter of fact, the disciples requested detailed knowledge of the earth’s last days. Here’s Jesus response: “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. ” Matthew 24:42-44
One choice we can make now is to live as if we will face our Creator’s judgement today or tomorrow. We stand ready and willing to meet our maker. But we should also prepare for the long haul, if He doesn’t. After all, He’s God, not me.
In the midst of the media hoopla, my favorite quote was a tweet from Pastor Dudley of Shepherd of the Hills. He said, “If the world ends tomorrow, I’m ready. Are you?”
What do you think of all this end of the world stuff?
- May 21, 2011: Why the world will not end and there will be no secret rapture (theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com)
- … as if it were the last day. (nnyphishnet.net)
- Judgment Day: Jerusalem (sethparr.wordpress.com)