And you are probably saying to yourself, “Yeah…I know that!” Well, according to one Biblical “scholar”, you should have been vanquished by now…swept up in the Rapture. It was supposed to have happened yesterday. And if you’re reading this (I wrote this a few days before the 23rd), then it didn’t happen. Just like the end of the world, which has been predicted for thousands of years, hasn’t happened either.
You can’t tell by The Revelation when it’s going to happen…but it hasn’t stopped people from trying to guess.
This time, it had to do with constellations, planets, and sun and moons all lining up. Some guy decided that April 23rd was going to be the day that all of the planets lined up according to Revelation 12:1-2. That passage reads: “And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.”
Now, I’m not going to chastise the guy that came up with the theory. But I will say this. He’s missing out on his Sunday School classes enough to not know that it also says in the Bible that Jesus doesn’t know the hour of the Second Coming. Man doesn’t know when it will happen, only that we are to be prepared and live prepared as we wait for it. Only The Father knows for certain when the end will come.
So, knowing that, we really don’t need to try and guess. And I’m sure sometime today, Bible “expert”, David Meade, will come out with an explanation for why it didn’t happen. He’ll also probably issue a “revised date” for the end of the world. And when that doesn’t happen, he may issue a third date. Or he may not. That’s been the history of these things through the history of man.
I guess my point here is that it’s meaningless to try and predict the end of the world. We just don’t know. Hell, Al Gore said it was going to happen in 2000 because we were going to flood the earth with the melting ice caps, remember? Yeah, that happened. Others have tried to predict is going back to Jesus time. And my feeling is simple. Live like it was going to happen today, enjoy today, be with your family today. It probably won’t happen, but if it does, you are prepared. You have your affairs in order, and you are ready. It’s the same advice I’d give someone because they don’t know when they’re going to die. Same deal.
And so, we passed another “end of the world” date. We’re “safe” until the next time someone decides to issue such a date. And until then, we wait and watch. Just follow the Boy Scouts’ motto: Be prepared!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!