. . . this time on Saturday, September 23rd – and I’m betting it’ll turn out to be just as false as all the previous ones.
Seriously, why do people listen to this nonsense? The latest claim is from someone calling himself a “Christian numerologist”, who’s identified a series of recent events as lining up with Biblical prophecy. He’s also rehashing the old, tired nonsense about a non-existent Planet Nibiru (which, if it were about to collide with Earth as he claims, would long since have been visible to the naked eye, never mind telescopes).
To me, the most telling give-away about all this nonsense is the source’s claim to be a Christian. If he is, his faith is no more than skin deep – because he’s ignoring one of the fundamental tenets of Christian revelation (which, as a retired pastor, I take seriously, even if some of my readers may differ). You’ll find it in Matthew 24:36.
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
That says it all. Jesus admits that not even he, the Son of God, knows the day or the hour that the end of the world will come. Therefore, if anyone else claims that they’re a Christian, and they’ve worked it out, and that they know more than Jesus does . . . they’re saying they know more than the Son of God. I call BS, right there. If they claim that, they are demonstrably not Christian at all, no matter what they say!
Don’t bother with anyone prophesying the end times, the Second Coming, or whatever. We don’t know when it’s due, and we won’t know until it happens. Down the ages, countless people have thought they recognized the “signs of the times”, and believed that the end was nigh . . . and they’ve all been wrong. I see no reason to think we know any more than they did.
For Christians, the Biblical message is that we all live, every day, in our own end times. None of us know the day or the hour of our deaths. Yesterday, Miss D. and I were driving when someone decided to change lanes – and almost hit our car, because we were in her blind spot. We could have died then and there, but for some rapid evasive action by Miss D. There’s no guarantee that she (or I) will always be able to react so quickly, or have room in which to do so.
Our own “end times” can come without warning – so we’d better be ready for them, and live our lives in such a way that our actions, our entire way of life, provides evidence of our faith. That way, when the end does come for each of us, we’ll be prepared to give an account of our lives before the righteous Judge of us all. As Marcus Aurelius famously said, “Do every act of your life as if it were your last.” Words to live by . . . and to die by, when the time comes.