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.