Wondering if you have heard this whole thing about May 21 being the end of the world… Will be interested to know what you have to say about it and how to apply Christian wisdom when speaking to people about this issue?
Stephen from South Africa
Thanks for writing. Well-meaning people, Christians and non-Christians alike, are always predicting the end of the world. These predictions are very numerous and, obviously, have yet to ever be true.
Jesus told his disciples that no one but God the Father knows when the Day of the Lord—the end of the world as we know it—will be. So his instructions were to just be ready (Matthew 24). Be ready as if it could happen today. Christ could return on May 21. Hallelujah! I hope he does! It would be great if he returned to right all wrongs on May 21. But he could just as possibly return before I finish typing this email, or it could be years from now. There is no reason to take someone else’s words more seriously than Jesus’s, and Jesus assures us that no one knows the Day but the Father. These predictions only cause people to laugh at Christ and scoff at the Gospel in disbelief. End of the world predictions are of no help to anyone. We would do better to, like Jesus, advise those who are asking that it could happen any time so be ready today. Accept Christ today. Life for him today.
Blessings to you, Stephen.
Thanks for the reply, I just find it astonishing how so many people just don’t read the words that are plain in the Bible. And as you said the main point is to “Be on guard,” “Keep watch,” persevere until his coming so he finds you not asleep but fully committed to his work and his Gospel. I think your point is very true: at the end of the day these predictions harm the Gospel.
God Bless and keep up with your good work 🙂