Bulletin Article
July 15, 2001

Prophacy And The End Of The World

By Doug Long

A couple of months ago I heard that the end of the world was upon us again. Apparently someone realized that the planets were going to be in a straight line, and this made them think that the gravitational pull of all of the planets on the earth was going to end it all for us. Of course they had a religious component to their predictions, otherwise it wouldn't have been complete. I guess by now you have figured out that the world hasn't come to an end. After all you are reading this, and I am still around to type it up! Something the doom sayers should have checked out before their predictions were made was the fact that the planets align 4 or 5 times each century, and so far it has had no ill effects on our planet that I am aware of. I won't even go into all of the predictions that were going around in 1999. Jesus said in Matthew 24:35-36 that no person would know when the end was to come. He said it again in Mark 13:31-32. God spells out in the bible everything we need to know about salvation, so I personally think that predicting the end of the world is to slap Jesus in the face, and call him a liar. My question to anyone who would dwell or worry about the end of the world is "why?". God called us to be his children and to love him. He loves us, in fact in 1 John 4:8 the Bible clearly states that God IS love. Do we want to wait till the last minute and enjoy a sinful life, than at the last moment do the things necessary to be saved? I donít think God would respect that. Sometimes, the so called latter day prophets say a prediction of the end of the world can move someone to seek God's salvation, but what happens when the end doesn't come? Can a lie convert someone? Can a lie save some one. Remember who the father of all lies is. The truth is the only answer to salvation. And the truth is found in God's word the Bible. God says for us to be ready, if we are ready it won't matter if God comes back now or in a thousand years. Are you Ready?

Matthew 24:35-36
35Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

Mark 13:31-32
31Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
32 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

1 John 4:8
8He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Matthew 25:1-13
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

The Return of Christ in Judgment
1 "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6"And at midnight a cry was heard: "Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' 7Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 9But the wise answered, saying, "No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' 10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
11"Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, "Lord, Lord, open to us!' 12But he answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.'
13"Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.