I've been fascinated by all the attention the Mayan end of the world prediction has attracted from a society that would otherwise be indifferent to biblical prophecy. While many of us have poked a bit of fun at the imminent apocalypse, I wonder how many of us are really aware that we are indeed living in end times? The Bible speaks of a time when Jesus will return and the world as we know it will come to an end. A fundamental difference between Mayan prophecy and biblical prophecy is that no one actually knows the time and date when Christ will return. But when He does return, there will be no mistaking it, as "every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!" (Philippians 2:10)
Have a read of these insightful thoughts that fellow blogger and Salvation Army Officer Lieutenant David Jones had to say about the subject earlier this week:
In his blog, David reminds us that "We need to remain alert and ready for what WILL happen. One day, our mocking and self-assurance and arrogance will backfire and we will each ultimately be responsible for our preparation for it...What if today was your last day here on this earth, would you be ready?"
I, for one, want to participate in the world's readiness during these end times for the return of Jesus, not through mockery or scare mongering, as has been associated with the Mayan prophecy. But by actively sharing the good news that Jesus loves this world and has an eternal plan of renewal for His creation. I want everyone to know this plan so they too can participate in God's will, as declared by Jesus: "And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:39-40)