2012 predictions: Over the last few years or even months (or days!), you likely heard that the Mayan calendar ends December 21st, 2012. Many saw this as a mark of the “end of the world” with people having conversations about apocalyptic themes and "end times".
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As it turns out, it didn’t play out that way. Below you’ll find out some of the reasons why as well as what Christ-followers/Christians believe about the “end times”. For further reading, at the bottom are some Bible verses/references on which the points are based. (There is much more to explore but these will get you started.)
5) The Mayan calendar did not mysteriously end or mark an end. It was the end that led to a new calendar. (Like December 31st on your calendar….you start over with a new calendar.)
4) The marker of the major event will not be “the end”…but “the return”.
3) No one knows the exact time (day nor hour) of this return…and you may be surprised!
2) Don’t live waiting around…Live your life actively for God while being watchful.
1) When your end does come, you have a say. (What you decide about Christ is essential.)
Interested in more?
These are only a few of the verses on this subject. One area of further reading is Mark 13 where you’ll learn of other signs and markers from Jesus Christ. Click here to check it out. If you’d like to explore this topic more, please contact the church office.
Point 4 verses: According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thess. 4:15-18)
Point 3 verses: Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (1 Thess. 5:1-3)
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Jesus in Matt. 24:36)
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” (Jesus in Matt. 24:42; Also see Mark 13:32-33)
Point 2 verses: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Cor. 10:31)
But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Jesus in Matt. 43-51; Also see Mark 34-37)
But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thess. 5:4-9)
Point 1 verses: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Rom. 10:9)
Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Heb. 9:27-28)