THE END of the WORLD
BY: JAN A. ANTONSSON
FEBRUARY 5, 2012
“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.” (Isa. 59:1)
My thanks to Elwin Roach for his enlightening article called “When Prophecies Fail” (See Link at End), and to our friend Joanne Anstine, for calling my attention to it. He writes, “many believe that the catalyst for an imminent, worldwide meltdown has to do with the Mayan calendar that ends on this year’s winter solstice, December 21, 2012. There have been an unprecedented amount of prophecies, fearful predictions, and speculations concerning this upcoming date.”
The Mayan prophecy that the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, has been put forth regularly for a long time now, and as Elwin notes, the voices are getting louder the closer we get to the date. The History Channel regularly runs programs on how this doomsday event may occur, beginning with the volcano in Yellowstone going off (last time over 600,000 years ago, and due again soon, they say). It would kill hundreds of thousands in the short term, and more millions in the long term because it would block sunlight world wide, much like what happened when the Chicxulub asteroid, landed in the waters off the Yucatan peninsula, some 65,000,000 years ago. This catastrophic event is believed to have killed off the dinosaurs and allowed the mammals to get a foothold.
I sometimes watch these doomsday scenarios, and marvel at how addicted to fear people are. The History Channel always has a scientist follow up each radical theory to say how unlikely the event really is. However, most of the time is devoted to showing what natural disaster may take us out, once and for all ending life as we know it.
As Lenny put it the other day, the more we learn about how the earth was made, and view the exploration of the universe via NASA’s space craft which sends images back to earth, the more we see God’s hand. Lenny said, “I see God’s handiwork and cry, glory, glory, glory.” God thought of everything we would need before He put man on this planet. The dinosaurs gave us oil; the carboniferous period gave us coal and diamonds; the atmosphere protects us from the sun’s harmful ultra violet rays, and on the list goes even though the History Channel gurus do not see it. In Genesis, it’s very simply put. God spoke the world and all that is on it and in it into existence. He said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Many Christians are dedicated to literal and linear interpretations, which is their right. I am not. However God did it is fine with me, but I’m adamant that He did do it.
In Hebrews 1:2, we learn that Christ is heir of all things and through Him, the world was created. The writer informs us that “By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear.” (Heb. 11:3) The question I have for those who appear to be “true believers” in the Mayan prophecy and the 12/21/2012 date, is “Why would God reveal the date of the end of the world to godless Mayans, who offered human sacrifices to their pagan gods, and not tell His Son?” About the day that most people fear, Jesus said, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mk. 13:32) People apparently love to be scared, which no doubt explains the fascination with horror movies and other fear inspiring tales.
I’ve written about the end of the world and many others have as well, but we won’t change anyone’s mind who is convinced that Doomsday is an indisputable fact. Secular folks believe science shows it is inevitable and religious folks quote Revelation, or their interpretation of it. Fear is the human condition, the reason the prophets, the priests and even the Law, for that matter, failed. It is why Jesus had to come in the flesh to SHOW us the Father because until we meet Him, we’ve only heard about God by the hearing of the ear, as Job put it: “Word of you had come to my ears, but now my eye has seen you. For this cause I give witness that what I said is false, and in sorrow I take my seat in the dust.” (Job 42:5-6, BBE) When God invades our space and floods our soul with the Light of His glory, we take our place with Job “in the dust” of our own misconceptions. We stop looking “out there” for proof of what is going to happen next, and begin to look within for His guidance and assurance and most of all, His unconditional love which holds us fast in the Everlasting arms.
In the First Century, the world SAW and FELT the POWER of almighty God as He confirmed the word in signs and wonders. Since signs and wonders have been in rather short supply since then, most of the world only knows ABOUT God. It takes an up close and extremely personal encounter with Christ by the Spirit, for us to KNOW Him on the cellular level. All this is God’s problem, of course, and He who knows the end from the beginning has it all in hand.
Lenny and I had our personal Armageddon in 1997. God sent it and He led us through it. We learned that wherever our Father is, that’s home for us. From our experience, we gained trust in God’s ability to keep us safe and secure. Throughout The Glory Road ministry, He has ALWAYS provided for our needs, so that we have learned how to live by HIS faith, rather than our sight.
The National Geographic Channel is advertising a new reality series called “Doomsday Preppers,” about folks who believe the world is coming to an end. They are learning to live off the land, to hunt their own food, build their own shelters, and live without the aid of technology, so that when it happens, they will survive. No doubt, it keeps them “off the street and out of bars,” but they would be ahead to listen to Isaiah and Jesus Himself, who said to the disciples before He left them, “I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Matt. 28:20)
The end of the age Jesus spoke about happened in A.D. 70, when Titus destroyed Jerusalem and as a consequence, brought the Jewish sacrifices and priesthood to an end. Jesus had told the disciples what to do when they saw the signs of the end of the age happening, and they heeded Him. Josephus reported that no Christians were killed during the carnage of that time, because they had all fled as He warned them to do. Titus no doubt thought he was going to rid the world of those pesky Jews and their offshoot sect (or, so he thought), Christians.
What He did, in fact, was to spread the Gospel through out the civilized world. The New Testament was written in Greek, which was spoken throughout the Roman Empire, and the name of Christ was glorified wherever the fleeing Christians went. God uses everything: the good, the bad, and the horrific to accomplish His purpose, for as Isaiah said, “So will my word be which goes out of my mouth: it will not come back to me with nothing done, but it will give effect to my purpose, and do that for which I have sent it.” (Isa. 55:11, BBE)
Those who are hoarding food and arming themselves against the coming Armageddon would do well to put their faith in Isaiah’s comforting assurances: “Terror will be far removed; it will not come near you. If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you…no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me” declares the Lord.” (Isa. 54:14b-15, 17) Glory!
For those who still fret about impending doom, the Spirit reminded me last night that God’s promise to Noah still stands: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And NEVER AGAIN will I destroy all living creatures as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Gen. 8:21b-22) That’s a definitive rebuttal to the doomsday prophets. Case closed!
Father, we thank You that Your perfect love casts out our fear and sets our feet on Mount Zion. You are our resting place, our shield and buckler, our redeemer from all things that would harm us. Make us Light bearers and cheer bringers to a sad and terrified world who are waiting to see You so they can be like You. They and we will praise Your name forever. In Christ, we ask it, amen.