Surprise, Surprise! The world did not come to an end on May 21, 2011, as predicted by one of our well known evangelists. For the past few months many of his followers have been traveling around the country predicting the end of the world. Even prison inmates received a mass mailing of this end of the world prediction.
According to the Bible, in Mathew 24:3-8 it says,
“And as he (meaning Jesus) sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, tell us when these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, take heed that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in my name, saying I am Christ, and shall deceive many.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that you be not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows.” KJV
The Bible clearly states that this is the beginning of sorrows, but not the end. It also states in Mathew 24:11, “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” Clearly, only a false teacher would garner much fear among the people by predicting the end of the world on a specific day. No one can predict any particular day for the world to end. It would be easy to tell those false prophets to be quiet, but they too are a part of prophecy being fulfilled. As we get closer to the end, we will start seeing more bizarre people predicting more bizarre things. We will also begin to see an increase of changes in weather patterns; therefore, seeing all types of earthquakes in areas that we have never seen them happening.
Can we then predict exactly when Jesus is coming and when the world is ending? No, we cannot. What I can tell you is that we appear to be living in the last days because of all the signs that are mentioned in the Bible that are actually happening all around us (ie. Earthquakes, Tsunamis, the Middle East crises etc.) There are many scriptures in reference to the second coming of Jesus. I am using only Mathew to make it easier for you to look up. The Bible tells us again in
Mathew 24:35&36 that, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of the day and the hour knoweth no man, no not the angels of heaven, but my father only.” Verse 42 also says, “Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Both are self explanatory. Pay attention because you do not know when He is coming.
In conclusion, a false prophet predicted the end of the world and gave a specific date. Do not get yourself pulled into these gimmicks. Jesus himself said that only His Father in heaven knows when He is coming again. Should you live in fear? No. What should you do? You should understand that God is real and that Jesus is Lord. You should understand that it is necessary to make peace with God now. You do not need an end of the world prediction for that. Make your peace with God today because tomorrow is promised to no one.