The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
Not really. You’re fine. Put away the umbrella—unless of course it’s raining.
No, I’m talking about the newest claim that the world is about to end. This time it’s numerologist David Meade who predicts the world will come to its demise on September 23. The basis for his prediction comes from the Bible over in Luke 21:25-26.
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“There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”
Ironically, Mr. Meade cites the Bible as the basis of his prophesy while neglecting another vital passage that speaks to the same event: Matthew 24:35-36.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
My interpretation of these passages is as follows:
- Luke 21:25-26 is speaking about a period of accumulated times that we would know as the end times by the signs listed. The actual timeframe could be months or perhaps years. (most likely years) This doesn’t mean a SPECIFIC time such as September 23. It means a period of time. We are given signs to mark that PERIOD of time but the actual MOMENT in time is hidden from us by God.
- Matthew 24:35-36 puts things more succinctly than I could ever verbalize. “No one knows.” That means that I don’t know, you don’t know, and neither does Mr. Meade. He’s making an educated guess and, if Matthew 24 is true, he will be wrong.
So, do I believe the world will come to an end on September 23? Let’s suffice to say that I would go ahead and lay out my work clothes and pack my lunch for that day. Oh, and you’re probably good to purchase movie tickets for that night too. (Provided you can find anything worth watching coming out of Hollywood)
I don’t really mean to make light of this prediction nor do I bear ill-will toward Mr. Meade. I’m just a country boy who takes the Bible at face value. If it says that Mr. Meade doesn’t know, then he probably doesn’t.
But Mr. Meade isn’t the first to make such a prediction and he probably won’t be the last. A very quick internet search turned up many of these types of predictions, all of which were incorrect. In fact, at just a glance I counted twenty-five such predictions since the year 2000 alone. There may be more but I’m not looking to enumerate all of the previous predictions, give credit, nor slam them for being wrong. I just want you to know that predictions such as this are no new thing.
Now all this being said, do I believe that we are living in those accumulated “END TIMES?” Absolutely. The signs are there. So, what can humanity do to prepare for that time that “no man knows?” I believe the answers fall within those same pages cited above.
I would like to give you five tips for preparing for that future time—which no man knows—when the world as we know it will be no more.
- BELIEVE – Who is Jesus? I don’t mean who do you think he is or who were you taught he is, but rather, who is he really? Read up in the Bible and find out. All I’m asking you to do is give him some consideration and then decide for yourself.
- LOVE OTHERS – Galatians 5:14 says it perfectly: “…Love your neighbor as yourself.”
- LIVE QUIETLY – 1 Thessalonians 4:11 “…aspire to live a quiet life…”
- MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS – 1 Thessalonians 4:11 – “…mind your own business…”
- WORK – 1 Thessalonians 4:11 – “work with your own hands…”
Psychologist Dr. James Dobson summed it all up beautifully.
“In the end, there’s only three things that matter. Who did you love? Who loves you? What is your relationship with Jesus Christ?”
Since I made a snide comment about Hollywood above, I’ll give them some affirmation by leaving you with a movie quote from 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
“My soul is prepared, Dr. Jones. How’s yours?”
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