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The whole thing makes me think of the public paranoia that ensued around the Orson Welles broadcast of the "War of the Worlds" and the more recent Y2K scares that freaked so many people out prior to New Years Eve 2000. Isn't this whole end of the world 2012 thing essentially not just another form of Y2K fear mongering?
Having said all that, I do (maybe ironically) believe that the world as we know it will end soon. I do believe in prophecy, both genuine and false prophets. Determining the difference for me is primarily a question of discernment in light of what the Bible teaches. Sure, there have been many coincidental prophecies and predictions from non-biblical sources, such as the present hoopla concerning the Mayan calendar and others. None of that surprises me in the least.
Jesus also had a few things to say concerning the end of the age (or the end of the world as we know it). I'm not going to quote the entirety of what He had to say on the subject, since in my way of thinking, almost anyone can pick up a copy of the New Testament and read it for themselves if they are truly interested in the words of our Lord. However, I will quote one verse that for me puts a big "hogwash" on the December 21, 2012 date. That verse is Matthew 24:36 which says, "But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only."
Are we living in the last days? Yes, I think we are. There are numerous signs that seem to point to that fact. Will all this happen in 2012? Maybe and maybe not. But to predict the exact date, sorry, I don't buy it! Jesus speaks of His return (and thus the end of the world as we know it) as being at "an hour you do not expect" (Matthew 24:44). That in and of itself debunks the whole expected date of December 21, 2012 for me. In other words, if we're looking for the end on a specific date, then according to the Bible we look in vain because that's not when the end will be. The end is coming, yes, but as to specifically when, no one knows for sure.
There is a far more important thing for us to be concerned with than December 21, 2012. That is, are you and I in a right relationship with God today? The end of the world is coming soon. That much is correct. As to exactly when, God alone knows. But when that day comes and we all suddenly find ourselves having to give account of ourselves before the throne of God, then what? This is not a question of "If" but rather it is a question of "When." What will you say? What will I say? What can we say? On that day there will be no more second chances to be found in a right relationship with God. We will either know Him or we won't. We will then be either in heaven with Him, or in hell without Him. Ultimately, He gives us the ability to make that crucial choice for ourselves. Don't delay because refusal to make that all important choice is the same as choosing against Him. And if all these 2012 doomsday predictions are even close to being true, then time is quickly running out. What choice have you made?
If you don't remember anything else that I've just said, then remember this: "WE MAY NOT KNOW WHAT TOMORROW HOLDS, BUT WE DO KNOW WHO HOLDS IT."