December 21, 2012

by John E. Werhan

As of December 21, 2011 the world has one year before mankind faces the ultimate worldwide catastrophe according to dominant theory. These individuals are promoting the hypothesis that the ancient Mayan calendar prophesies this disaster as it ends December 21, 2012.

Doomsday speculators point to this date as being the height of the winter solstice and the cosmic alignment of the stars and planets. This new end-time theory is just one of many that have been promoted throughout the ages.

Like the Y2K panic at the turn of the century, these speculators have created great alarm among millions. Uncertainties, anxiety, fear and panic has gripped many. Some today are wondering whether 2012 will be their last year.

As Christians who “seek God’s truth” from His inspired word, it should be evident that all such theories are not concurrent with Biblical teaching. Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone” (Matthew 24:36).”

God is the only one who knows when this world will come to an end. The key in Biblical teaching is that one must be ready constantly for the end of this world (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; 2 Peter 3).

Each and every person born into this world is destined to leave this realm, lest Jesus returns (Hebrews 9:27-28). No matter if one dies or the world comes to an end, their eternal choice will not be changed after the end comes. Accordingly, one must be prepared to live eternally with their choice either in heaven or in the abyss with Satan.

If the speculations of the above theorist were true, what would be the first priority of your bucket list? I have surveyed several as to their answer to this question. The answers were as diverse as the individuals. For the Christian their priority should be in sync with the command given by our Lord Jesus, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:33-34).

The sad reality is that many every day face the end of this life unprepared. Their priorities are not in sync with the Lord’s command. It is evident that the things of the world are more important than seeking righteousness in God’s kingdom. This is seen in the lifestyles and priorities of many Christians and especially in the lives of those who are not Christians.

Recently, I was watching a program promoting the 2012 theory and the priority of most of the people was to prepare to survive what ever happened. This program encouraged people to stock-up and fortify themselves and their families. What they do not know or understand is that when the end comes, all will be destroyed.

Peter notes, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).

Truly, it is a good idea to prepare for natural and social disasters. This is only wise and the keeping of God’s commands, “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8). But let us not forget the priority of the spiritual (Matthew 6:25-31).

Every individual should take the time to reflect on their lives and reflect on their priorities. Life is short. Do you want to spend an eternity with your current choice? If not you may have time to change.

John preachers for the The Northeast church of Christ in Sentinel, Oklahoma.

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