I can’t help but be intrigued by the latest prediction of the end of the world that is to take place Saturday, May 21 (which, as I write, is a mere two days from now). It certainly isn’t the first movement predicting the end and it certainly – hopefully – won’t be the last!
If you do a Google search on “judgment day” or “end of the world predictions” you’ll come up with a ton of web sites that give you the history of such predictions. Many claim that they have been able to uncover the exact date through careful study and analysis of Scripture, ignoring Jesus’ clear statement that only God knew [Mark 13:32; Matthew 24:36]. All have been wrong so far.
Yet it never ceases to amaze me how many people either blindly buy into the idea, selling or giving away all their possessions and encouraging others to do the same; or are panicked by the thought to the point of sheer terror.
While I attempt to be careful not to disrespect another’s opinion, my favorite response to these individuals is a quote generally attributed to Martin Luther: “Even if I knew the world would end tomorrow, I would continue to plant my apple trees.”
In other words, if the world were to end, it would be out of your control anyway. If you’ve lived a life of positive relationships with God, with others, and with creation; then bring on the judgment. You have nothing to fear.
And finally, I am always encouraged by this assurance from the Apostle Paul: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” [Romans 8:38-39]
I look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday, May 22, or on the other side of Judgment Day – whichever comes first.