Will the world end this year?
It depends on your source.
According to some New Age practitioners, the Earth might collide with a black hole or passing asteroid, or with a planet called Nibiru.
The Mayans supposedly predicted that we’ll face some kind of cataclysmic or transformative event on December 21. Hollywood even made a movie about it, which means we should definitely take it seriously.
Over the years, religious folks have often jumped on the end-of-the-world bandwagon, suggesting that world events point to Jesus’ imminent return. Conflict in the Middle East, the increase in natural disasters, a world dictator . . . Jesus is coming soon.
Taken together, perhaps we should print off our bucket lists and start making plans.
We’ve only got seven months or so to fit it all in.
On the other hand, we could just listen to what Jesus said about the end of the world:
But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake” (Mark 13:32-37).
Jesus will come back, the world will end, and a great cataclysm will occur.
It could be this year.
But nobody knows except God, and he didn’t tell us.
Whenever we hear about the impending end of the world as we know it, we ought to remember Jesus’ advice.
Live today as if the Master might return.
We shouldn’t get caught up in date predictions, but neither should we act as if the world will never end.
The Bible is consistent: live your life so that whenever Jesus returns, you’ll welcome him with a smile, not a frown.