December 21, 2012 is forecast to be the end of the world. People quote from the Mayan calender, and from the Incans, Egyptians, and Aztecs that the world is going to end. Nostradamus is even quoted often speaking of major disasters and cataclysms happening. And it has started a major trend in our society. It even has its own movie, 2012.
And yet, like so many other “doomsday” prophecies that have come before, how much stock can be placed in this one? From the end of the world as we know it at the dawn of the millenium, the book 98 reasons Jesus will return in 98, to the comet hitting and destroying the earth in June 06, to the biblical “mark of the beast” 666 was actually the end of the world date June 6, 2006. And there are many more, and they keep coming. At my last count there have been more than 84 predictions at least that have been documented and that have gone by with nothing changing. Just like that millenium worry, when all the computer clocks were to switch over to 00:00. Nothing happened and life continued.
There seems to a large number of people who rise up to prey on the fears of people. And a great many make millions from this, as people scramble to by their material and supplies to help them survive. And yet we never hear from any of them after their “prophecies” and I use that term very loosely, never come to pass. Not one stands up to say I was wrong. And not one refunds the moneys they collected.
And so we have another “prophecy”. One more that we can add to the list. Will it happen? Some think it will. Just like the news reports we all followed a few months ago, where the young boy was trapped in an escaped balloon, that was later proven to be a hoax. The father was quoted as saying he did it to raise money to build a shelter to help him survive 2012. And the craziness continues. Just like the streams of people who panicked during the millenium fears and ran out and bought up every generator and survival supplies they could find, people are again succumbing to the “end of the world” panic. I actually had a conversation with one of my co-workers on this subject. He was worried about 2012, because what if it really happened.
I used this opportunity to share my faith with him. I shared with him that my bible states that “be prepared, because you do not know the day or hour of my return.” Biblically the world will end after Jesus returns. So if it cannot end before, and we don’t know the day or the hour of His return, then anyone who shouts out exact time frames cannot be right. Because God doesn’t lie. Numbers 23:19 says “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.” So if God doesn’t lie, and He said no one knows when Jesus will return, and Jesus will return before the end of the world, and man is saying he knows when the world will end, then I will believe God. Man has been proven on many occasions to lie through his teeth, for whatever end suits him.
And I also shared that my eternity is secure. I know I have a relationship with God, and have been called His son, and know that I will one day stand before Him and be welcomed into eternity with Him forever. So even if it does end in 2012 I still have nothing at all to fear. So despite all the press declaring the end of the world, I have no fear at all.