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Listen while you read: "Christians Awake"1 (Lyrics)
"The world is coming to an end on December 21, 2012." You have read about it in the newspaper. You have heard about it on television. There are thousands of interpretations and views on the Internet. Just google the phrase "2012 end of the world" and one will find millions of references to this belief.
This prediction is based on an interpretation of the Mayan Long Count Calendar which indicates that the present "fourth world" will reach the end of its cycle on December 21, 2012.
In 2009, a motion picture entitled "2012" was released. It was an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and about the heroic struggle of the survivors.
Many people consider December 21, 2012, a joke, while others are scared that we may never live to see 2013.
One interpretation of this occurrence is that this date marks the start of time in which earth and its inhabitants may go through a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that December 2012 may be the beginning of a new era. Others believe that 2012 marks the end of the world.
There will always be fear mongers among us trying to rob us of our trust and the peace that comes from God. Let us remember Jesus' word to us about the end of the world:
Mark 13:32 – But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. (NASB)
Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NASB)
My friends, even when the world ends, we do have something to look forward to in God's good time. There is a place where there is no more sickness or pain, where every tear will be wiped away.
Revelation 21:1-5a – Then I saw "a new heaven and a new earth," for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" (NIV)
Prayer: O Father, Creator of all that we see and do not yet see, You create new ideas and dreams within Your children. Grant us Your peace, and help us to trust in You. Give us the courage and the strength to share Your promises and Your good news with others. Amen.