Wednesday, December 12, 2012 (All day)
[Steve Myers] According to some, they say the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world on December 21st, 2012. Is this really the case?
It is amazing the things that are happening around the world as people are so concerned that it could be the end of the world.
I ran across an article that talks about a mysterious mountain in Serbia (Mount Rtanj). And so what's happening here, people that own hotels around this mountain are being overwhelmed with reservations for the end of December because people believe that this mountain, it's kind of a pyramid shaped thing in the Balkans, they think that it has some sort of mysterious powers that somehow will save people from this great apocalypse that's going to happen on December 21st.
Now, according to the Bible, that's ridiculous. There is no way that that's going to happen. And yet, people are doing that. Somehow they think a mountain has special energy. In fact, in this particular article, the people that are concerned about it hope that they could somehow channel the power of this mountain that could somehow save them from the obliteration of the rest of the world.
Now, how do you get in a frame of mind like that? It's certainly not by reading your Bible and understanding what God's plan is all about. God does predict the end of the age, the end of the time that man's rule will come to an end. You can read through Matthew 24 and it lists a whole series of events that have to happen in the world and the world will know something big is coming. It will be very evident by what Christ said in Matthew 24.
And so it's interesting what people will believe just because of the Mayan calendar. In fact, in this particular article it's interesting that it says that the Mayans themselves don't believe the calendar will herald the world's obliteration.
And so, what should your perspective be on this?
Should we run out like people in China and Russia and buy candles, and buy canned goods - things like that just in case? Should we be like people here in the United States who want to buy survival shelters, hoping that somehow they can save themselves? It's not going to happen. It's not going to happen.
In fact, there's an interesting quote from Jesus Christ Himself. He said in Matthew 16:25 - He said that those who will try to save their lives will lose it. We try to save our physical life. It's not going to happen because ultimately the only one that could save us is Jesus Christ.
It's His sacrifice, coming to Him, having a relationship with God, that's what it's all about. Your hope cannot be in a survival shelter. It can't be in some mystic mountain.
There's a great passage in Colossians 1:23. I'll write that one down as well. In Colossians 1:23 it talks about where to put your hope. It says this, "To continue steadfast," it says, "Faith rounded and steadfast and not moved away from the hope of the gospel."
Now that's not a mountain, a mystic mountain in Serbia. But our hope has to be placed in the gospel. That's talking about the good news, the message of what God's plan is all about. And that starts with Jesus Christ.
So, will it be the end of the world December 21st? No, it won't. But I hope December 21st reminds us where to place our hope and then begin to do something about it because our real hope is in our Savior, Jesus Christ.
That's BT Daily . We'll see you next time.