It’s the End of the World…Again

Swine Flu, Avian Flu, SARS, Hurricane Katrina, The Indonesian Tsunami, 9/11, the World Wars—every time there is a disaster, someone in the religious community declares it the beginning (or continuation) of the end, and they have Bible verses to prove it. Some people have gone so far as to mark our exact final day (sometime in 2012, if you have not heard). Well, here’s my two cents.

Yes, I believe the world will eventually end. When? I have no idea, and neither do the people who say they do. All anyone can do is speculate. Wars and disasters have been occurring since time began. What about the Black Plague? The American Revolution? The Civil War? These events were as horrific as recent ones—perhaps even more so—and “evangelicals” were as sure then as now that we had only a few years left on this Earth. Yet we’re still here.

Trying to pinpoint a date is useless. The more you get it wrong (and you will), the less people will believe you—it’s the simple “boy who cried wolf” phenomenon. Instead, if you’re so worried about everyone (or really everyone’s souls), get them saved so they will be ready when the last day sneaks up on all of us. There are better ways to do that than scaring people into being “desperate for God,” literally. (The term “fire insurance” comes to mind.)

The church is meant to be a house of refuge, right? Not a house of prophecy. God will handle those details.


3 thoughts on “It’s the End of the World…Again

  1. Good post. We were just talking about this subject at my church, and I think it is important that we not worry about when the world will end, but if we have actually reached people when it does end. No matter when the earth does come to an end, our mission never changes.

  2. Thanks for visiting my article. I do agree with you that we should be telling others about Jesus outside of the context of prophecy, but at the same time, I think that prophecy can spark an interest in people so that they will want to learn more about Jesus. I know that it has for me, and I have met several people that turned to Jesus after looking up the events of the day and seeing how it fit in the prophetic timeline.

    I can track my own resurgence in interest in the Bible to the Superbowl in 1995… I went to a party and met a lady that had all this information about the European Union and other wacky ideas that nobody believed back in those days. Revelation had always been my favorite book in the Bible, but I thought that nothing like that book would happen in my lifetime. Seeing that Jesus was probably coming back sooner rather than later, I took more of an interest in God.

    Jesus also told us to be watching for his return.

    Should we run around like chickens with our heads cut off, worrying? No. But I don’t see anything wrong with taking an interest in Christ’s return and getting excited about seeing the puzzle pieces fall together.

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