The End is Near

Much attention was focused recently on the prediction that “judgement day” would fall on May 21, 2011. Billboards appeared across the nation proclaiming the message and newscasts covered the “event”. The billboards were actually misleading since the actual claim made by the group behind the prediction was that the rapture, as opposed to judgement day, would come on May 21. In fact, they claimed that the rapture would occur at 6:00 P.M. CDT… and then it didn’t.

It was a non-event. Over the years, there have actually been quite a few predictions of “the end of the world”. Of course, none of them panned out. And yet, new claims continue to be made and even believed by some.

It never ceases to amaze me that anyone who has ever read the New Testament could ever be fooled by such a claim. After all, Mathew 24:36 states quite clearly “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” How much arrogance must it take to proclaim to know something that Yeshua himself claimed to be unknown by all except the Father. And yet the claims keep on coming.

But let me offer a different view of the question. I submit to you that it does not matter one tiny bit when this world will come to an apocryphal end. It does not matter simply because the world has ended billions of times already. You see, whenever a person dies, that person experiences their own personal “end of the world”. From that perspective, ever person that ever has or will live on this planet experiences an “end of this world”. So rather than worry about some grand, cataclysmic “end of the planet” which may or may not happen during the brief span of your life here on Earth, it makes a lot more sense to prepare yourself for the guaranteed, personal “end of the world” toward which you are inexorably moving. The interesting thing about your personal “end of the world” is that it may be equally true that “no one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father”. Well, at the very least, none of us on Earth do.

So the next time you see a sign that says “the end is near”, just smile and know that it is absolutely true… just not quite the way the author of the sign may have meant it.

Shalom.

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3 Responses to The End is Near

  1. Mark says:

    True, a person dies in this world and awakens in the new world under the leadership of Christ. However the Judgement is different, those who die then are not resurrected, but are destroyed forever. True we do not know the day or hour, but we do know the season. Knowing what season we live in help a true Christian prepare for what will eventually come true. Many mistakenly believe in a rapture as if God will lift them to heaven, or the earth will be destroyed. True the wicked will be torn away from the earth, but the righteous will abide upon the earth forever. So yes, we should look intently toward the end of this wicked demonic system, so that the righteous can live as they were intended, in a paradise earth, a place where the billions will be resurrected and given a chance to live too. In this way all the works of the Devil will be undone. At least you understand that Yeshua is a created being, the first born of all creation, and Yahweh, (Jehovah God) is his creator, Father and God whom he worship even now.

    • Joel Hall says:

      Thanks for the comment. I can see that we have some differences in our theology, but my aim in writing this post was not to delve into my interpretation on end time doctrines. In fact, it was almost the opposite. I am not an expert on the end times, and I am convinced that no one on this planet is. My whole point is that what really needs to matter to each of us is to live our lives in relationship with the Lord, seeking always to walk in His will and, in so doing, be transformed into the creature He intended for us to be. As long as we do that, it will not matter one iota if, when, or how “the end of the world” comes.

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