EDITORIAL: The end of time

By NEMS Daily Journal

Matthew 24:36 – But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (KJV)

Today has been circled on calendars all around the globe for some time now. Some believe that the world will come to an end today, as portrayed in the recent movie 2012. Some believe the rapture, where Jesus claims his church and Christians are taken to heaven, will happen today. Some believe it’s the beginning of the seven-year tribulation period referred to in the Revelation of John.
That belief in this date comes from the Mayan calendar that some say predicts today as the end of the world.
The sad part about that is many people have bought into that myth as it circles the Internet – the Bible even warns us that many will try to deceive us about such things. We suggest a few biblical passages to ease your thoughts.
First of all, we must go straight to the mouth of Jesus in Matthew 24:36 where he says that no man knows the day or the hour when Jesus will come back, only the Father. Simply put, we can guess all we want about the end of time and the last days but the Bible is clear that nobody but God knows when that will be.
In verse 44, Jesus goes on to tell us to be ready because not only does no man know the day, but it will be in “such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” So not only does no man, or even the angels in heaven know when Jesus is coming back, it will be when we least expect it.
The Bible does give us some clues as to the things that will be going on in the world in the last days but that’s as close as we get. The Bible tells us in Isaiah and the Revelation about the seven-year tribulation period and the antichrist who will rise to power. But there are no dates tied to any of these events and any speculating we may do is pointless. Ever since Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives, there has been speculation that the end is near and it won’t be long before Jesus returns.
So where does that leave us today?
In the Gospel of Matthew in chapter 25, Jesus tells the parable of the 10 virgins. He paints a portrait of a Jewish wedding ceremony where the 10 virgins, the equivalent of modern-day bridesmaids, are waiting for the bridegroom to arrive for the wedding ceremony. When the bridegroom finally does arrive, five are there, waiting for the bridegroom while the other five are off trying to buy oil for their lamp. When they return, the door to the reception is closed and the bridegroom says he doesn’t know them.
Then in verse 13, he says, “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”
The point of the parable for Christians is not to spend all of our time trying to figure out when Jesus might be coming back, but to spend our time being prepared for when it finally does happen. We shouldn’t spend our time speculating about the end of time but focus our efforts in the present. We should spend our time spreading the Gospel, the good news about Jesus Christ, and being more Christlike in everything we do.
While we may not believe the Mayans and their ability to predict the rapture or the apocalypse, we do believe in what the Bible tells us and Christians everywhere. The end is coming, Jesus will return, we just don’t know when.