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End of the World

Nostradamus is also being linked with the 2012 end of the world prophecies.  His coded messages have lead to mass speculation there would be many accounts of upheaval inflicting the planet from the year 2009 to 2012.  The rise in natural disasters during this time has added to the rising concern about what the near future has in store for us.

The 2012 doomsday scenario is a perfect fit for the ancient seer’s doom and gloom predictions.  The prophecy of a great comet and catastrophic natural disasters of earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions are also mirroring other 2012 predictions.  There is also reference to catastrophic cosmic events like an asteroid colliding with the earth, loss of the planet’s Electro-Magnetic Shield and the predicted precession which is due to take place on 21 December 2012.  And there is an also repeated premonition of a Third World War.

But how accurate has Nostradamus been to date with his prophecies?  Of the alleged 946 predictions attributed to Nostradamus, only about 70 are considered to have had some kind of fulfilment.  That works out to less than a seven percent success rate.  Add to that the comment Jesus made that “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32).  In other words – stop trying to guess!  Jesus’ next words are probably more appropriate to us: “Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come” (Mark 13:33).

Note the last words Jesus said there: “that time WILL come.”  One day the world as we know it will come to an end and now we are almost 2,000 years closer to that end than when Jesus first made His prediction.  A few days ago the Doomsday Clock was moved a minute closer to midnight.  “It’s now five minutes to midnight,” said Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Chair Allison MacFarlan.  One of the reasons for the change was the failure of nations to address nuclear proliferation especially in Iran, which now has the capability of developing nuclear weapons within a year – a scary thought in the hands of a regime that embraces such a radical ideology and hatred of Israel and the West, particularly the USA which they refer to as “The Great Satan!”

One day the end will come.  The Bible speaks of an increase of wars as well as cataclysmic natural and supernatural events.  But there is one other thing that also needs to take place: “this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).  In other words, the end of the world will come when the church has got the job done! According to the Joshua Project, a Christian ministry that seeks to bring definition to the unfinished task of the Great Commission, of the 16,790 people groups in the world, 6,955 are still considered unreached. However, 90% of the world’s people, if they have an Internet cafe and the funds, can hear the gospel in a language they understand.  That means there’s still a lot of work to do but, especially by concentrating on online evangelism in relevant languages, the task of preaching the gospel to all nations is accomplishable in our lifetime – but probably not by 21st December this year.  So, maybe you still better budget for those Christmas presents after all!

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