Perhaps you’ve heard that the world will end, according to the ancient Mayan astronomers, on December 21, 2012. Most people view these prophecies as quaint and interesting, but very few actually believe we are in our last few weeks of existence as a planet. Otherwise there would be much less Christmas shopping taking place and a whole lot more partying or praying, depending on your world view.
Not only do I think the Mayan devotees are sorely mistaken, but I also disagree with many of my dear Christian friends who have been holding on, for several decades, to a belief that we are in the “end times” according to various prophetic interpretations of the Bible. Tens of thousands of pages have been written on the topic and I certainly can’t delve too deeply into it here. But since the time of Christ thousands of believers have set dates for His return, and every single one of them have been wrong. Every time an Arab sneezes in the middle east, old predictions are thrown aside and new ones are promoted. It is all silliness. If you’d like a great starting point for studying about an optimistic Christian world view, I recommend Last Days Madness by Gary DeMar, available here.
The Old Testament verse most often quoted or referenced by the authors of the New Testament is Psalm 110:1. This verse is either directly quoted or alluded to at least 25 times in the New Testament:
The LORD says to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”
(Psalm 110:1 ESV)
Most Christians agree that our Lord is currently reigning in Heaven and seated at the Father God’s right hand. But they seem to ignore the obvious implications of the second part of verse 1…He will stay there until His enemies are made his footstool. In other words Jesus will stay put until (as we often pray in the Lord’s Prayer) “Thy kingdom come and Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Why would Jesus teach us to pray a prayer that, supposedly, would never be fulfilled? And didn’t He tell His disciples to “Go and make disciples of all nations…”? His command to make disciples, and not just converts, of ALL nations implies permanence and a long term goal that will be accomplished.
During this season, as we reflect on Christ’s incarnation and humble birth in a stable, we sing Christmas carols that tell the story in beautiful ways. One of my personal favorites is “Joy To the World” because of the victorious and optimistic world view is presupposes. The final verse states the truth that He is in charge, and that His will shall be done on earth:
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.
If you are stuck in a defeatist, pessimistic world view based on ancient Mayan predictions or mistaken, modern day Bible “prophets,” I challenge you to do yourself a favor and accept the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ is in charge of this world, and His will shall be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!!