2012: Is This the End of the World? Part II
Remember the Y2K scare? People were afraid that electrical power plants would quit working, and that airplanes would fall out of the sky as computers struggled to grapple with the fact that the date had gone from ‘99 to ‘00. In response, people were hoarding up food and water. Since we were one of the last time zones on earth to turn from 1999 to 2000, by the time midnight rolled around I knew that we had nothing to fear.
There are similar concerns about the date December 21, 2012. Those who study history notice that the Mayan calendar timed out on that very date. It is an interesting thought, one that has made a lot of money for some authors and film producers, but nevertheless, a misleading argument. You see 12/21/2012 is to the Mayan calendar what Y2K or Y1K (when the calendar went from 999 to 1000) were to our calendar. It simply resets to ‘00 and starts another cycle all over.
God’s to do list
If I am wrong, and the end really is coming, then there are a lot of things that must happen in the next 11 months. The scriptures give us a prophetic look into the future. They tell us what will happen, and often in what order they will happen, but they do not tell us exactly when they will happen. Nevertheless, Jesus was very clear that certain things would have to happen before his returning and the subsequent end of life as we know it. So if the world is really going to end in December, then Jesus is going to very busy in the meantime.
Where’s the Anti-Christ?
Before the return of the Lord, the anti-Christ will rise to power. He will be a man (II Thessalonians 2:3) from one of the nations that was once part of the Roman Empire (Daniel 9:26). He will sign a treaty with other world leaders. This covenant will be for a period of seven years (Daniel 9:27). In all fairness, these things may have already taken place. In other words, the anti-Christ may already be a well-known political figure, he is just undercover.
Anti-Christ must come out of the closet
When Jesus spoke to the people about the end times, he was very clear that at a specific point in time, the anti-Christ would come out of the closet; he would reveal himself to the world. In the Bible this event is called “The Abomination of Desolation” (Matthew 24:15, Daniel 9:27). The Abomination of Desolation will happen three and a half years after the anti-Christ signs the treaty. At this time, he will step into the Temple in Jerusalem and do two things: 1) stop the animal sacrifices at the Temple (Daniel 9:27, 11:31, 12:11), and 2) proclaim himself to be God (II Thessalonians 2:4). It is after the Abomination of Desolation that the great tribulation occurs (Matthew 24:21).
Here’s the catch
As of today, there is no Temple in Jerusalem, it was destroyed in 70 AD. Not only that, there is no daily sacrifice at the Temple. This means that at the present time, the Abomination of Desolation could not occur. A common question is, “Aren’t born-again believers’ bodies the temple of God’s Spirit?” According to scripture (I Corinthians 6:19), that is true, but there is no way that the anti-Christ, a human being, could step inside of another human being who happens to be a Holy Ghost filled believer and order animal sacrifices to stop and then proclaim to be God.
Item number 1
If the 2012 people are correct, then a top priority for Jesus in the coming weeks will be to get the Jewish Temple rebuilt in Jerusalem so that the prophecies concerning the rise of the anti-Christ can be fulfilled. Next week we will look at other unfulfilled prophecies that must precede the coming of the Lord.
Until next week
Please read the Bible verses that I have presented in this column. Just because I have a nice haircut and am wearing a tie in my picture at the top of the page does not mean that I am telling the truth. The only way that you will know is to open your Bible and compare my message with the Word of God.
Tad Lindley is a minister at the United Pentecostal Church in Bethel, AK.