“Just because you are still here doesn’t prove the rapture didn’t happen.” – Overheard on Twitter
Today was supposed to be the end of the world. A small Christian movement, led by Harold Camping who runs the Evangelical Network Family Radio, predicted that today would be Judgment Day. Camping’s prediction was based on a mathematical system he created to interpret prophecies hidden in the Bible.
Like most people, I was not alarmed by his prediction. I went about my usual business today. I even prepared a sermon for tomorrow just in case Camping was wrong. It turns out he was.
Jesus was right: “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32).
Charles Spurgeon was right: “We may make our prophetic charts if we like, but God will follow his own chart.”
However, I think Camping’s prediction, even though wrong, raises some important questions worth considering. For example: “If you knew that today was the last day, how would you spend it?”
Personally, I’d feel okay if my last day was like today. I awoke with the woman of my dreams. I cheered on my sons in their sports games (lacrosse and soccer) and marveled at the young men they are becoming. I held my five-year old daughter in my lap and told her how beautiful she is. I had a Jesus conversation with another parent in the stands, ate pizza with friends, and prepared a sermon for a church I love. I will go to bed grateful (and tired).
How about you?
Questions for self-reflection:
- Who do I wish I could spend more time with?
- With whom do I have unresolved issues?
- Who needs to hear me say, “I love you”?
- How is my relationship with Jesus?
- Am I diligently pursing the work God has given me in this world?
- Does the fact that Jesus did not return today make me happy or sad? Why is this so?
Hear again the words of Jesus:
Mark 13:32 (New International Version 1984)
32 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’”