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.