Ours is a time of technology and knowledge. With the breathtaking advances of our time also come breathtaking predictions of earth shattering events of epic proportions. Such is the case for this coming week, for it has been widely publicized that the ancient Mayan calendar ends on December 21st and therefore the world ends with it. Such an end, whether by coronal mass ejection, planets colliding or magnetic pole reversals of the earth, would be a horror as only seen in sci-fi movies. Some believe, some doubt, some fear and some laugh. Should we be taking this seriously? Doesn’t the Bible prophesy the end of the world? Were the Mayans right?
Armageddon! The very word sends shivers down the spine of millions. Armageddon! Of all the Biblical prophecies, this one is probably more recognized than any other, even by those who are not believers in the Bible. Armageddon! It captures the imagination. It has been the framework for blockbuster movies and descriptions of war and destruction. So what is it? Where is it? When is it? And how does it really work? Is it really as dire as we think? Is it WORSE?
By the accounts of many, the day in which we live is different than any other time in the recorded history of the world. Never before has there been so much by way of knowledge, science and medicine that can heal and restore yet, never has there been so much by way of brilliantly formed destructive forces as well. We are blessed with technology and its work saving power yet we are cursed by its power to feed the basest of human desire. We are blessed with greater freedom for more of the masses than ever before, yet we are cursed with the abuses greed and inequity that such freedom unleashes. Are these the perilous times of the Bible? Stay with us as we look into Bible prophecy and current events to try and determine where we are on the timeline of God’s Plan.
Remember this past May 21st – according to Harold Camping the day that the rapture was supposed to happen? Since that “no show” all the air has gone out of Harold Camping’s “prophecies” and attention is no longer focused in that direction. The fact is that the “other half” of his “prophecy” was that the earth would burn up on this coming Friday, October 21st. While we won’t focus on Mr. Camping this morning, we will focus our time on God’s Day of Judgment upon this earth. Exactly what is the Day of Judgment, how does it work, what does it accomplish and when it might come to pass?
So yesterday, May 21st, was a much anticipated day for many, and I would guess a day of great disappointment and even bewilderment for those same people. What might they be thinking now? Did God not deliver what His word promised? What are the rest of us thinking? Were these people foolish in their commitment or were they misled by what appeared to them to be undeniable scriptural logic and harmony? Harold Camping’s prophecy failed utterly. Does this mean that God’s word failed along with it? Stay with us as we examine the short term aftermath of expectations gone bad in light of God’s plan.
The time draws near – May 21st, 2011 is fast approaching along with the bold predictions of a rapture and the world beginning to come to an end. Last week we talked about the reasons WHY Jesus returns and looked at his return as an unfolding process rather than a singular and dramatic event. We will focus on HOW Jesus returns and in the light of these predictions for this coming Saturday, I would say that this is a pretty relevant subject. Is Jesus returning this coming Saturday, or are the predictions all wrong?
The recent newscasts from around the world depict a growing sense of dissatisfaction with civil government. Reports from Muslim nations in the past few weeks reveal a surprising amount of anger towards the totalitarian governments, even when the rulers are ostensibly fellow Moslems. Dictators, kings and rulers long entrenched are coming under assault by mass demonstrations in the streets. Already we have seen the Egyptian Hosni Mubarak government changed. Muammar Qadaffi of Libya is under pressure from his people and now from the world to step aside. Similar sentiments are occurring in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Somalia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Yemen, Jordan, Kashmir, and Iran. Other governments such as China, Russia and Pakistan are already taking steps to undermine any civil demonstrations against them. Even in the United States, we are experiencing angry demonstrations by state and union workers over proposed cost cutting state-level budget changes. Everywhere we look we see growing unrest in civil, religious and economic circles. Is this just like any cycle of change sweeping the world or does it indicate something more fundamental and earthshaking? Is this the beginning of the biblical Time of the End?
When we talk about the Bible, we talk about a book that is ancient, compiled over 1,500 years by many writers and many wonder how it is possible to believe in such a book. Today, we will look into the Bible, by not looking into the Bible – instead we will look into the world’s oldest building – the Great Pyramid - to see what kind of story it has to tell us and if it, the oldest building, has a connection with the ancient book we know as the Bible. Today we will be on a journey of discovery – a sensational journey that will reveal facts of such magnitude that they might take your breath away! This is one program you do not want to miss! Is the Great Pyramid God’s Message Board?
Last week we discussed God being the inventor of green - we looked at many scriptures that helped us to understand that God's intention is not to destroy the Earth, but to in fact preserve it. There are many scriptural symbols used, such as "mountains," seas," "heavens being burned up," and others. We then looked at the great time of trouble predicted. So, if God isn't going to destroy the physical world, why is it in such turmoil now? There is another important aspect of this called the Day of Judgment. This program will build upon 1) the fact that the Earth abides forever, 2) the fact that the Scriptures a talk about a great day of trouble, and 3) is the Day of Judgment in the time of trouble or are they two separate events. And what happens after Judgment Day?
Have you noticed that the earth is in rough shape? We are presently dealing with an environmental disaster in the Gulf – 200 million plus gallons of oil spilled. There are floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes. We are a consumption based world that produces piles and piles of trash, much of which is of the non-recyclable type. All of this and one can begin to wonder about the earth itself and how long it will last. Is the earth doomed to destruction, by man’s own doing or by God’s will, or does God have other plans for it? Stay with us as we look to find out the destiny of this third rock from the sun as well as the destiny for those who live on it.