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The End of the World Is Not This Saturday or December 21, 2012

16 May

There are a number of predictions out there about December 21, 2012 (next Saturday!) being the end of the world as we know it. Some say the ancient Mayan calendar points to this this doomsday and specifically pick December 21, 2012 as the exact date because that’s the date the calendar comes to an end. Others talk of a Nostradamus doomsday of 2012. Is all this talk even necessary, let alone being something to think or worry about? Not really.

To be sure, from a Christian point of view, the end of the world is essentially the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. This expectation is core in my Seventh Day Adventist faith and is firmly grounded in the Bible:

Jesus clearly foretold of his return: “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” Mathew 16:27 (KJV).

Yet he added that no one knew of the day and hour of his return, not the angels, not even he himself: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” Mathew 24:36 (KJV).

Hence, strictly from this point of view, it is unwise to speculate about the date, place and manner of the Second Advent or the end of the world for that matter.

On the other hand, one of my favorite Bible verses from childhood to this day which I can still recite, one among many, anyway is “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:1-3 (KJV).

This verse reiterates the Second Advent and explains why it’ll happen.

The question is, what are we supposed to do in the final days of the earth’s history, whenever that is? The Bible describes those who await Jesus’ return with these words: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelations 14:12 (KJV).

As one  Adventist has put it,  “The last generation doesn’t wait with fear, apprehension, or uncertainty, but with hope, faith, love, and action.” Alexis A Goring, in the Adventist World.

I say the same thing and add, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” Luke 6:31 (BBE) or just be good and love everyone and you’ll be just fine.

Now, if the world does come to an end this Saturday as those predicting this say, at least they won’t be be around to say “I told you so!”

Peace, Love and Unity.

Samuel N. Omwenga, Esq.

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Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Religion

 

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2 responses to “The End of the World Is Not This Saturday or December 21, 2012

  1. Dr. Sunday0Joseph Otengho

    May 16, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    These predictions did not start in our century. As far back as the first century, the scripitures are replite with those who were waiting for the return of Christ. The peridictions are as baseless as the last prediction that was on December 31st 1999 at midnight. These predictors prey upon simpletons who cannot read the bible for themselves. Yes waiting, we must wait, but that wait is not based on senseless predictions that are baseless. It would be unfortunate for those who predict the end and yet have not been known for laying down their lives for others to prove that they are the disciples of Him who must bring the world to an end. Last words of Him who brings the world to an end says: “αὕτη ἐστὶν ἡ ἐντολὴ ἡ ἐμή, ἵνα ἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους καθὼς ἠγάπησα ὑμᾶς”. Simply put in plain english:”This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friendsLove ye one another” John 15: 12-13. How much does Africa and its leaders need this kind of action? Tell this to those who do not respect the dignity of man and continuosly violet men’s rights and have no shame in taking innocent life. Must the world come to an end, possibly but not at the whim of those who do not respect the very word from which they decuse these happenings. Right on borther. Peace, love and joy and the greatest of these is love.

     
  2. Samuel N. Omwenga, Esq.

    May 16, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Well stated Brother O!It is sad indeed the concept of love for one another is so foreign to these leaders who instead operate on let’s hate or finish one another paradigm but there is hope…tomorrow’s leaders must surely embrace this command as pivotal in governance in the new Africa you and I as well as others like minded must fight to achieve.
    Cheers!
    Sam

     

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