The First Blog of 2012: The Coming Apocalypse
Last year was an interesting year, for so many reasons. Of course the big news for Christians was the coming of Christ. It didn’t happen. This year promises to be as apocalyptic. Sensationalized in film, this year marks the end of the Mayan calendar and the end of the world. If the Mayan’s were so good at predicting the end of the world, you would think they would have seen the end of their civilization coming, oh well.
I am amazed at the interest people have in the end of the world. Over the years filmmakers have brought their view of man’s plight and struggle to the silver screen.
- 1950s: Captive Women; The day the world ended; On the beach; When worlds Collide
- 1960s: Night of the living dead; Beyond the time barrier; In the year 2889; Planet of the Apes; Panic in year zero
- 1970s: Wizards; A Boy and his dog; The ultimate warrior; Logan’s run; The Noah
- 1980s: Threads; 1984; Day of the dead; Maximum overdrive; Grave of the fireflies
- 1990s: Island City; Last night; Terminator 2; Waterworld; Matrix; Escape from New York; The Postman; Escape from L.A.
- 2000s: Devils playground; The dead outside; Aftermath; Contagion; Titan A.E.; I am legend; The book of Eli; Equilibrium; The Road; 2012
And these are just a few. There is something about facing insurmountable probabilities and overcoming superior odds that set the heart pumping and the adrenaline flowing. Of course it is much safer on this side of the screen. In the movies there are only a few heroes, everyone else are dispensable extras. The world will end, and as much as our imaginations can paint a variety of pictures with gruesome monsters, far flung aliens, and terrible diseases nothing compares with what God has in store.
“But by His word
the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not let this one fact
escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 9
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 10
But the day of the Lord
will come like a thief, in which
will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:7-10).
Three things to point out:
- God will judge all of creation and melt it away with fire.
- Though it seems like a long time since this promise, it hasn’t been for God. His is being patient.
- His patience is so that people will not suffer judgment, but have an opportunity to believe in Jesus and be saved.
Judgment Day is coming. It will happen in His timing. My prayer for 2012 is that He will use me to help people come to understand His love, receive His gift, believe in Jesus, and be saved from the coming apocalypse. If you have not turned to the Father, I hope you will stop now and give your life to Him. I’m Just Saying…