My Sunday Sanctuary: The End of the World

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,

the world, and all who live in it;

for he founded it on the seas

and established it on the waters.

Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD?

Who may stand in his holy place?

Those who have clean hands and a pure heart,

who do not put their trust in an idol

or swear by a false god.

They will receive blessing from the LORD

and vindication from God their Savior.

Such is the generation of those who seek him,

who seek your face, God of Jacob.

~Psalm 24: 1-6 NIV

I’m sure you’ve heard all the doomsday predictions about the Mayan calendar, December 12, 2012 and how the world is supposed to end on that day.

There was a show on the History channel a year or so ago that was quite convincing. I’ve been a Christian for a long time, over half my life, but the show was alarming enough to scare me.

See, I know what the Bible says in Matthew 24:36, that NO man knows the day nor the hour of the Lord’s return, which signals the beginning of the end. But the arguments put forth by these “researchers” was enough to make me…well…worry.

I hate admitting that.

Then there are other believers who give credence to these theories, saying that maybe that IS how God intends to end things, and we should listen to the signs and be concerned. Of course, these are the same believers who were afraid of Y2K. And we all know what a terrible tragedy THAT turned out to be!

Someone said to me quite recently that she’d seen a show about how whole chunks of the country were going to fall into the sea and be destroyed, and she said this with quite a lot of fear in her eyes.

My husband shared a National Geographic article with me that should be required reading for all who’ve heard of the 12/12/2012 theory. Here is the link: 2012: Six End-of-the-World Myths Debunked

Read Psalm 24: 1-6 again. The earth is the Lord’s. All who are in it belong to him. He made this world. He made the seas and the land, and their boundaries. Like that old Sunday school song, He’s got the whole world in his hands.

And he gave us a book to let us know what was going to happen, and said so many, many times, like a loving father, do not be afraid. No matter what signs you see or what is going on around you, do not be afraid.

God is telling you and me, and everyone: Do not allow yourself to get scared — do not allow your minds to even go there!

Putting faith in man’s prophecies is the same as trusting in an idol. And he tells us in the passage above to clean our hands and our hearts of such things, and to seek him alone.

That is my prayer for everyone — that we seek him. Because only in his arms do we find our comfort; only in him does our salvation come.