People have been discussing the end of the world and theories associated with it ever since the world began. Most people agree that the end is imminent; they just don’t agree on the how, why or when. Are we plummeting toward a cataclysmic disaster triggered by earthquakes and volcanoes, a science experiment gone awry or a collision with an unknown planet? Or, as most Christians believe, has God ordained a day and time of which we do not know to send Christ back to Earth to bring home the redeemed and establish a new heaven and a new earth?
In his book, “Will the World End in 2012?” Raymond C. Hundley, Ph.D. covers 10 scenarios from predictions from scientists, Nostradamus, people claiming to have had contact with an alien lifeform and claims made by various world religions. He urges Christians to respond to these predictions with hope and joy rather than fear.
According to Dr. David Jeremiah (from Until Christ Returns), the Old Testament contains 1,845 references to the end of the world and the New Testament has 318 references contained in 23 of the 27 books of the New Testament. “For every biblical prophecy on the first coming of Christ, there are eight concerning His second coming,” states Dr. Jeremiah.
The final chapter of Dr. Hundley’s book explains to non-Christians (and Christians, too) how to prepare for the end of the world by accepting the salvation offered by Christ and explaining the plan of salvation. As Christians we should be prepared whether the end comes in 2012, 2032 or tomorrow.
As I read the preparation chapter, I began to realize how hypocritical Christians can sometimes be when it comes to death. We walk in the faith of our salvation, but we fear death. Why do we, as Christians, fear the day that will usher us into the presence of our Savior instead of looking forward to it with joy and anticipation? We cover it up by saying, “It’s not the death I fear but the dying.” I must confess that in the past I have had an unreasonable fear of death and dying. I refused to take risks if there was any danger involved, and I probably still will because I am not a risktaker. However, the older I get the more I am beginning to realize that death is not something to be feared but something to be faced with confidence, peace and joy. What a testimony our life would be if we lived this way.
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