Friday, October 15, 2010

2012 and the end of the world

Human beings have always been captivated by doom’s day and end of the world scenarios. Charismatic leaders, prophets, seers, have  made a dizzying array of predictions about the end of the world. The fact that we are still here says much about the accuracy of their predictions.

I just finished reading a very balanced treatment of this subject by Raymond C. Hundley, PH.D. He is the author of Will the World end in 2012? A Christian Guide to the Question everyone’s asking. And everyone’s asking this questions these days.

In a little over 200 pages, Hundley addresses the ever popular Mayan myths, Nostradamus, and other theories, such as the earth colliding with outer space projectiles and planets.

Hundley's 2012 was most helpful for me in his handling of the end of the world from Scripture’s perspective. Scripture is clear that God has a future plan for the heavens and earth. According to 2 Peter 3:10-12, "The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat…

Hundley does not rule out the possibility that Jesus Christ could return in 2012. He could also return today or twenty years into the future. The point is, no one knows the day or the hour when the Son of Man will return. Readiness for the Son of Man is the Christian's call. He is coming at an hour when we least expect him (Matthew 24:44). I can’t get over his question: What would happen if Christians in the world lived as if the Lord was indeed coming back in 2012?

This book should be read by anyone who is interested in the condition of the world and wants biblical reassurance of God's plan for the future. Christ is coming again and if he came today, would you be ready to meet him? Pastors, youth leaders, and lay leaders would be helped in reading this book. He does a great job of limiting technical and obscure theological jargon. With numerous study questions for further reflection, this resource would also be a great resource for small groups and Sunday school classes.