Did you know that the world is coming to an end on December 21, 2012? The ancient Mayan Long Count Calendar comes to an abrupt end on that date, and there is a group of folks preparing for the end of the world…sort of.
You can visit their website and read all sorts of information concerning the coming doomsday. They are hosting a survival conference this weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona where you can learn urban survival skills, sustenance gardening, going off the grid, and natural medical remedies. The speaker, Cody Lundin, is a professional in the field of primitive living skills, modern wilderness survival, and urban self-reliance. He is the author of two best selling books on survival and preparedness and frequently appears on nature and science channels.
What is interesting about the 2012 Survival Conference is the conclusion they reach about the coming end of the world. In their mind, when the world comes to an end, the result is that the world economy will collapse, grocery stores will no longer have food to sell, and society as a whole will breakdown into total chaos.
On the other hand, the Bible is rather clear about what happens at the end of the world.
“Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Hebrews 9.27).
It seems strange to me to spend an awful lot of energy preparing for a doomsday that may or may not come on December 21, 2012 but to totally neglect the day that we know is going to come for every single person on the planet, which is the day our life on this earth comes to an end. When standing at the judgment seat of Christ, it will not matter if I have developed urban survival skills, or know how to grow my own food, or if I can live off the grid. The crucial question will be, “Will I be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven? Will I be able to see God? Will I be shown mercy? Will I be called a son of God?”
In the beatitudes, Jesus describes those who are Kingdom folk, those who can have the confidence that on that great day, they will begin the best part of their journey. It is not a doomsday, but it is a day to look forward to, a day to hasten.
Who is ready to see God? Those who have a pure heart. A pure heart does not just happen because we like the idea. A pure heart is the result of consciously choosing to examine ourselves, to confess our sin, and to turn away from the sin.
Join us on Sunday morning as we continue this discussion.