I Hope the Mayans were RightBy S. Michael Houdmann, Got Questions Ministries
I really and truly hope that December 21, 2012 is the end of the world. Never mind the fact that the Mayans did not actually believe it would be the end of the world (they essentially viewed it as a calendar reset). And forget the fact that it would be extremely unusual for God to allow the ancient Mayans to discover the date of the end of the world, but not His own chosen people (Mark 13:32). And disregard the fact that the Bible predicts many end-of-the-world events that have not happened yet. I guess what I am saying is that while I am very confident December 21, 2012 will not be the end of the world, I wish it was.
Why? Because this world is not my home (John 17:14; 18:36). "Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Philippians 3:20). Don't get me wrong. I love my life, my wife, my family, my friends, my church family, and the ministry in which God has called me to serve. But in comparison to the glory and wonders of Heaven (see Revelation 21-22), why would I not want to escape life in this world? No, the prospect of dying is not something I am excited about. Aside from that event, I am tremendously excited for what happens after death.
Once December 21, 2012 very likely passes with no global catastrophe and the world returns to normal, what do I have to look forward to? A world filled with evil people who make evil decisions and take evil actions, a.k.a. "ever increasing wickedness" (Romans 6:19)? A world that increasingly denies the existence of God and therefore lives as if God does not exist (Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-23)? A world in which Galatians 5:22-23 has become increasingly rarer and Galatians 5:19-21 is becoming increasingly prevalent? Right. Why wouldn't I want off this planet?
On the other side of the equation is the fact that I am called to serve God and minister to people for as long as I am here. God has placed us here for a reason. We are to be light in a dark world (Matthew 5:14). We are to point people to Jesus Christ as the Savior, not only the Savior from an eternity separated from God, but also as the Savior from a meaningless and sin-controlled life (John 10:10). Similar to Abraham pleading with God not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if even ten righteous people lived there (Genesis 18:32), we should desire to remain in this world if it will result in even one more person coming to faith in Christ.
My only concern about December 21, 2012 is that some people are going to freak out and cause a self-induced global catastrophe. If anything happens, it will have nothing to do with the Mayan calendar and everything to do with sinful people making foolish decisions and committing evil actions. And that is why, ultimately, I am ready for my life in this world to be over. It's been fun, but isn't it time for us to go our separate ways? While I would prefer to die peacefully in my sleep, if it takes a nuclear explosion, a cataclysmic natural disaster, or a zombie apocalypse for me to escape this world—so be it.
God, I am ready whenever You are. In the meantime, give me a passion for reaching as many people as possible. Whether I have 10 days or 50 years left, please make my life a worthwhile investment of Your time. Amen.
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Tags: Current-Issues | End-Times | False-Teaching
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