You may have heard that the world is supposed to end tomorrow. Guess I can skip that 5K I was supposed to run with my wife.
According to TIME Magazine, a man named Harold Camping says that mathematical calculations based on “hidden Bible prophecies” indicate that everything will come to a screeching halt tomorrow.
What should you do? Freak out? Cancel your golf plans? Buy lots of canned goods and maybe even some guns and hunker down in the basement?
Lots of people have predicted the end of the world going back practically to the beginning of time. Guess what? They were all wrong.
Jesus made it 100% clear that absolutely no one but our Heavenly Father knows the exact date the world will end. Here’s what he said:
No one knows about that day or hour,
not even the angels in heaven,
nor the Son,
but only the Father.
(Matthew 24:36, Mark 13:32)
So, anyone who makes specific doomsday predictions should be ignored.
But what, if anything, should we do to prepare for Jesus’ eventual return? Here’s what Peter said:
Since everything will be destroyed in this way,
what kind of people ought you to be?
You ought to live holy and godly lives
as you look forward to the day of God
and speed its coming.
(2 Peter 3:11-12)
Or, put another way, we should:
wait for the blessed hope —
the glorious appearing
of our great God and Savior,
So, basically, we should wait expectantly in hope and love. The world needs both right now.
(For the record, Mr. Camping previously used his mathematical system to predict that Judgment Day would be September 6, 1994. I’m pretty sure he was wrong.)