December 21, 2012 represents the end of the Mayan calendar. You know the Mayans – tribe of Native Americans who were technologically sophisticated, excelling specifically in mathematics and astronomy. They have predicted with stunning accuracy many astronomical events and their mathematic formulas are still being scrutinized by modern scholars. Their predictive track record – eerily accurate, by the way — is what has everyone on edge.
But if this end of the calendar represents the end of life as we know it, the Mayans will be proven dead wrong. The Word of God has this to say:
By no means! Let God be true though every human being is false and a liar as it is written, That you may be justified and shown to be upright in what you say, and prevail when You are judged [by sinful men]. (Romans 3:4, AMP)
So, when refereeing a dispute between the Word of God and the Mayan calendar, we must side with God’s Word.
Now, the Bible has much to say about the end-times. Daniel prophesied of the advent of the end times. The Book of Revelation is chock-full of apocalyptic prophecy. Jesus, Himself, had a lengthy discourse on the end times in Matthew 24. For the purpose of our discussion, today, I want to focus on verse 14:
And this good news of the Kingdom (the Gospel) will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then will come the end (Matthew 24:14, AMP)
Here, Jesus tells us that the end won’t come until the Gospel of the Kingdom is preached as a testimony to all the nations before the end comes.
Let’s dissect this: what is a testimony? According to Websters.com, one of the definitions of a testimony is “firsthand authentication of a fact [or] evidence.” So, in order to have a testimony, you need one or more observable events. What might such observable events be? Again, let’s turn to the words of Jesus:
I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father. (John 14:12)
What did Jesus do? Heal the sick. Cleanse the lepers. Cast out demons. Preach the Gospel to the poor. Now, He did not say we’d do works of a greater magnitude than Him but because we’re greater in number than He was in the earth, we should perform the works He did in greater number!
The Greater Works Jesus spoke of is the testimony that must emerge from every nation before the end. Today, most churches have difficulty in making disciples, much less manifesting the miraculous.
Moreover, Jesus told us that no man knows the day or the hour that the end-time will come – only The Father (Mark 13:32). This does not give us a license to live recklessly or sinfully; indeed, we should live a vigilant life (Mark 13:33), in complete understanding of our imputed righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
So, let the worldly prognosticators proffer their faux forecasts. And let the pseudo-prophets guess and gauge when the end-times will kick off. You, on the other hand, preach and manifest the Gospel of the Kingdom, exercise your Kingdom authority and perform the Greater Works, and take territory for the Kingdom. This is your part to bring about our Savior’s return.
And, if you’re still convinced the sky is falling, please give me all your valuables before you run and hide!
© 2012 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)