Happy New Year. This is the year the world ends, or so say the people who are putting faith in the Mayan calendar. But you may recall, the world was supposed to end last year—twice. But some people think that the world is going to end December 21, 2012, all because of a Mayan calendar. Most people are acting like they believe it will end then, but I do think there are people who are afraid that “it just might be true.”
The sad thing is that people are more willing to put their faith in Mayans who are dead than they are in people who are living. They are more willing to put their faith in a piece of ceramic with no evidence to support it than they are in the Bible, which has a preponderance of evidence to show that it is true. Why would you believe a calendar that has no proven claims over a book that has hundreds of proven claims and no disproven claims? That doesn’t make sense to me.
One thing I know is that the world is not going to come to an end on December 21, 2012. I cannot say whether the rapture will take place in 2012 or not, no one but God knows that, but I do know that the world will not end this year. I know that because the Bible tells us that there are seven years of tribulation that must take place. If we assume that those seven years take place immediately after the rapture, then we know that the world has at least seven years. But there is more. The end of the world doesn’t happen at the end of seven years because that is when Jesus will stand upon the Mount of Olives and establish his kingdom here on earth. There will be an addition 1,000 years in which Satan will be bound. And then Satan will be loosed for a while. How long that lasts, I don’t know. With the way God looks at time, it could be several years, and then the end will come. The world as we know it will be burned up and there will be a new heaven and a new earth.
There is no way to put an exact date on the end of the world, but it will be here for more than 1007 years more. When December 21, 3019 rolls around, I’m confident that there will still be people here. We will have died by then, but I’m hoping that by that time I will have returned. Where will you be?