Yes. Everyone’s laughing at the false teacher who predicted that the end of the world was last Saturday at 6pm; the heartiest laughs reserved for 6:01.
I laughed too.
Though Jesus clearly stated that “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father,” (Mat. 24:36), people have been predicting the end of the world since Christ left this earth 2,000 years ago. One web site has even documented over 200 erroneous end-of-the-world predictions!
Following in such a grand tradition, I will now make my own end of the world prediction. Unlike all those other false prophesies I can guarantee with absolute certainty that my date will be correct. Am I a heretic also? I think not. Here’s my prediction:
One second from now. One minute hence. One hour beyond. Today. Tomorrow. And every day thereafter will be the end of this world for someone.
150,000 people die everyday and enter into eternity, Heaven or Hell. The vast majority will end up in Hell. Good people, bad people, religious people, irreligious people, and certainly the atheist. Why do I say that? Because Jesus said it:
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7: 13-14)
One man understood the significance of the narrowness of the kingdom gates when he asked, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”
And Jesus answered, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’
“But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’
“Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’
“But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’
“There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.” ( Luke 13:22-30)
Even now, as you read this atheist friend, you will probably scoff, laugh and mock me like all the other believers who care for your soul, like you laughed at Harold Camping.
Regardless, the time draws nigh where you will indeed face Judgment Day. Your conscience will testify against you that you have broken God’s Moral Law by lying, stealing, lusting and hating. You will be found wanting on the scale of good deeds because you must be perfect. You will understand on that terrible Day that God sees you as a lying thief, an adulterer-at-heart and a murderer. And you will end up in a very real Hell.
“…do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6: 9-10)
What can you do? How can you be saved from such a horrible fate when your world comes to an end? Repent of your sins and put your trust in Jesus Christ who died on a Cross so you could go free. That’s how much God loves you. You broke God’s Law, but Jesus paid your fine. He was buried for three days then He rose from the grave. If you repent (turn away from all the things you know are wrong) and trust in Jesus Christ alone, God will forgive your sins and grant you everlasting life.
I know. It’s old news. You’ve heard it before, just like all those other end-of the-world predictions.
But maybe this time you’ll believe?
Or you can just hope to make it to 2012.
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