Is the world coming to an end in 2012?
Much ado is being made about the Mayan calendar forecasting that all human civilization dies December 21, 2012. Others have noted that the Aztec’s calendar ends in 2012. The Hindu calendar forecasts global changes in 2012 and China’s “Book of Changes” predicts the end in 2012. Lately we have some professing Christians jumping on the bandwagon and speaking of hidden prophecies in Revelation. You think maybe the motive for all of this folderol is book sales? Listen carefully. 2012 may mark the end of a lot of things, none of which will be the end of the world.
The year 2012 may be as pivotal for America as any year since the Revolutionary War. Our way of life, including our freedoms, may be altered as never before. What we have been accustomed to as a “normal way of life” could easily depart from us without most of the populace being aware that it was even in danger. We have been schooled to believe that at certain ages and certain conditions, we are entitled to much, much more than “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” We are a culture who knows “our rights,” but have totally overlooked our wrongs. America has more attorneys than any other nation and we live in an era of litigation. We are a nation of “victims.” Listen to some of the excuses, “It was the tobacco company’s fault that I developed lung cancer.” “It was the police’s fault that I wrecked my car. If they had not been chasing me, I would not have been speeding and lost control of my vehicle.” “I came from a dysfunctional home (as if most homes were perfect.)” We have barred Jesus Christ and the Bible from our schools, leaving our kids to be indoctrinated with lies from hell. Hell and God are only slang words anymore and carry no real meaning. Humanism (atheism in a business suit) was legally ruled a religion in the 1960’s and now has taken over America’s daily life. The Ten Commandments are banned in more places than they are allowed. Perversion is promoted as an “alternate lifestyle” and anyone who tells the truth about homosexuality is branded a homophobe. God called homosexuality an “abomination,” not once, but twice (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13.) Paul said it was unnatural, (Romans 1:26-27) and not one time at any place in God’s Bible did He recommend, endorse or accept the practice as anything else.
Baby murder is camouflaged as some kind of benevolent freedom for womankind. It is hard to imagine people getting much more twisted than they are in 2012. What is so pathetic is that the leaders of all of this trash are so-called educated people. They hold important and impressive positions in our world, yet they are so deranged that they keep looking for a cure for AIDS instead of working on prevention. You would think that if cars kept running off a cliff, someone would have sense enough to put up a barrier instead of placing an ambulance at the bottom.
Isaiah made an interesting comment that certainly fits America in 2012:
“Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?” Isaiah 29:16
Man is like the product the potter made, he is denying his Maker. Even more asinine is that the product accuses the Producer of having no understanding. The spin man has put on things, whether spiritual, political or physical has produced an upside down world. How many times does something have to fail before we try to do it differently? On the other hand, if something is working, why would we change it? Let me answer the last question for you. The reason we want to change what is working is because we don’t want to have to do the work to make it work. Whether in church or in business, it takes work. Man is basically lazy and keeps looking for another way to invent the wheel, as it were. Our labor saving devices are great, but they only go so far. Work must still be done. In the physical realm, our athletes have much more knowledge about training, diets are improved and training programs are much advanced. The athlete today is larger, faster and stronger than he was fifty years ago, but he has to work just as hard. With all of the advanced nutrition and training, there are no short cuts to being a winner. Sweat and pain play as big a part as they ever have.
The same goes for the church. We have much more technology to assist getting the gospel out, but nothing will ever substitute for prayer, personal witnessing and gospel preaching. We can reach more people by the multiple communication methods that are available to us, but we cannot improve on God’s methods anymore than we can improve His creatures. Man keeps trying to improve on God’s words, but it only depreciates in men’s hands. Man never stops trying to improve God’s Bible. You would think that once man “corrected the errors” that he said were in the Bible that the Bible would be perfect, but no, man then tries to improve upon the last improvement. How many new translations came out in 2011?
Yes, 2012 holds some new adventures for us, but none of them will be the end of humanity. The Bible gives us much information on that subject and we do not have to be in the dark about what will occur, we just do not know when.
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,  And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:35-39
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