Possibly one of the worst disaster movies of modern memory has to be 2012 starring John Cusack.  Jackson Curtis (Cusack) a LA Limo driver must save his family from the unfolding worldwide cataclysmal meltdown as solar flares cause the earth’s core to start overheating. From the beginning of the film to the end they make one improbable…  NO impossible… NO ridiculous narrow escape after another as everybody else perishes.  Though the CGI special effects are impressive the story line is just too stupid to enjoy.  At least for me anyway.

The whole 2012 ‘end of the world’ thing is based on the 5,125th and last year on the Mayan (Mesoamerican) long count calendar.  Never mind that there is nothing in the Mayan record that indicates the world is going to end, it just happens to be the last year on their admittedly impressive calendar.  The calender sitting on my desk right now ends on December 31, 2012, but somehow I have a feeling that that in itself does not predict the end of time.

Remember Y2K?  There was this mass hysteria over the date 2000AD.  All because Bill Gates (in his software) neglected to recognize any dates after December 31,1999 the world was going to fall into chaos.  Computers were going to crash, planes fall out of the sky and the power grid was going to grind to a halt.  Those of us in Northern climes were going to freeze and starve to death.  I had pastor friends of mine that stocked up on fire wood and bought gas powered generators.  When they asked me if i was going to buy a generator I said, “Sure, on January 1st when they are on Kijiji for 10 cents on the dollar.”   In fact, in a rather cocky display, I told my congregation that I emptied my fridge and hauled what little firewood I had to the dump.  I really did do that and the whole point was to send a message to our church to not to buy into the irrational hype.  Turned out I was right.  An easy call by any estimation.  One of the things you can almost always go to the bank on is this: anytime the majority of people agree on anything, they are almost always wrong.

2011 was actually a very impressive if not a watershed year.  The cascade of major worldwide events was dizzying.  The dictatorial rule in many Arab rules came crashing down;  Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was toppled, Libyan madman Colonel Moammar Gadhafi was gunned down. Greece, the birthplace of democracy went bankrupt.  A tsunami cripples Japan and trips a nuclear reactor meltdown.  The horn of Africa slides into another famine and millions starve to death.  Drug violence in Mexican border cities escalated to the point where it was no longer safe to drive into Mexico from the US.  (Our missions work in the city of Matamorous had to be put on hold and we have now shifted our efforts to Haiti.)  The list goes on and on.  If you were not paying close attention you might have missed that fact that our world has probably changed for ever.

2012 has begun pretty unspectacularly so far.  All that could change in a hurry.  I think the wildcard for this year is Iran. None of the other Muslim countries have the potential to turn the world upside down like this one.  That is because it is now a nuclear power under the leadership of nut job President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  Men like this are hard to understand until you begin to study the mindset of the radical Islamist.  I just finished reading The Blood of Lambs by Kamal Saleem, a Lebanese terrorist that converted to Christ and is now assisting the CIA in counter-terrorism.   It was a great help to read about the context that these Arab leaders have been born and raised.  They have been steeped in a worldview from the womb that sees Israel and the West as the great Satan and an enemy that needs to be eliminated at any and all costs.  Though I still think Ahmadinejad is crazy I realize he comes by it honestly.  That of course doesn’t make him any less dangerous.

Presently Iran is amassing troops along the Afghanistan border and conducting showy naval exercises in the Persian Gulf.   There has been talk that they are considering blocking the trading route in the Strait of Hormuz.  The west will never allow this.  Add to that the fact that last week Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, an Iranian-American born in Arizona who was visiting family Iran was convicted of being a CIA spy and sentenced to death.  My concern is that if they execute him the US will use it as an excuse to invade Iran.  The US military has been quietly sending ships and planes into the Persian Gulf.  It even looks like Canada is might be getting into the act and has just sent the HMCS Charlottetown to the Mediterranean Sea as part of a NATO counter-terrorism mission.

Even though Obama has just finally pulled out of a questionable war in Iraq which cost $800B and countless lives, the US war machine has an insatiable appetite for conflict.  With billions of military dollars at stake and many of the American politicians in their back pocket, the massive arms industry has a vested interest in always keeping America at war.  Not a great prospect at all for what is playing out in the Middle East presently.  Having said that Jesus said, You will hear of wars and rumors of war, see that you are not troubled… It is hard not to be a little troubled, but we remember that God is sovereign and ultimately in charge.  Historically He has always been known to use world events as part of His great master plan to advance His kingdom in the world.  At the moment we are doing quite a pathetic job of reaching the Arab world for Jesus.  So I have to believe that all this has something to do with the coming of the greatest wave of evangelism the world has ever known.   In the meantime I know the world won’t end in 2012.  How?  Because Jesus also said, This gospel of the kingdom will be preached to all nations and then the end shall come.  The world can’t end… we have too much work to do.

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8 Responses to 2012

  1. Patricia says:

    I have to agree that for all they know they ran out of space on the fascinating Myan Calendar. Many Mad Men seem to believe this is the end of the world as we know it. I am with you that this is not truly the end of the World. The climate and political unrest in the World has been very present in the World through 2011 in a whole bunch of Countries. I do not believe that people are willing to sit back and watch injustices occur anymore.

    Human Trafficking is one injustice that needs to stop and is an underground business that is being uncovered and shown to the World to exist in all corners of it. Even here in Canada. We cannot say we live in a country magically free from evil and torturous living for some of the people living here.

    This, above all things, I pray brings the gospel into the forfront for sharing for the World.

    I just had a friend say to me that she was shocked that I got in touch with her asking about whether a Journal that her family was going to publish right at the same time as her brother and her were discussing it amongst eachother. My other friend calls this confirmation from God that she must read about her roots. Not knowing her practice of religion for herself, I am thinking this is something that may bring her to a walk with God. I hope and pray for this to be so. We are never sure where and how God will call us in life.

    So I, like you, am not believing that it is the end of the World, but maybe as we know it in terms of sanity and reasoning. We can only serve and be devoted to God’s purpose and teachings that he offers us to live with him now and forever. Know what is from God and what is evil. And follow God.

  2. Ed says:

    I know the point of the blog was 2012, but I have to comment on the Y2K reference since I work in IT. Comparing 2012 with Y2K is not the best comparison. The end of the world in 2012 is pure conjecture, while Y2K was a real event. While I’d also like to blame Bill Gates for the Y2K problem, it goes much further back. I personally worked on (and had to fix) many computer systems written in the 1960s that only contained two-digit years. Once ‘99’ got increased (as in ‘1999’ became ‘2000’), unpredictable results may have occurred. You could have harmless things like bad dates showing up on your financial statements to more serious cases where the system crashed. Theoretically, a critical system like a plane’s navigation system crashing could cause the plane itself to crash. Was this an extremely unlikely event hyped up by the media? Probably, but no one was going to take that chance. Hence, there was a huge effort in IT areas everywhere to find bad source code and fix it, then have entire teams oncall 24×7 for the weeks around Dec 31, 1999 to address any problems ASAP. If this effort hadn’t happened, Y2K may have turned out a lot different. I would liken Y2K to perhaps something like the recent One Heart service (which was fantastic by the way); no one who went really worried about it, they just assumed everything would be fine. But the people who helped behind the scenes knew just how big an effort it took to pull off.

    Back to the 2012 doomsday. I’m continually surprised whenever I hear anyone, especially a Christian, claiming to know when the end time is (attn: Mr. Camping). Don’t these people actually read the Bible at all? I think they lose all credibility when they make a prediction like that. As far as the world ending in Dec this year, I’ll be monitoring Kijiji in the fall to see if I can get some good deals from people who are selling all their stuff. 

  3. Cindy says:

    The sad truth is that the world will end for many as it does every year, by way of natural causes, disease, accident, acts of intentional “accident”, foolishness and bad choices, political upheaval, dissension and fighting, etc. The question is will we choose to share our hope and faith to the world that is ours today; our own nucleus of family, co-workers, and strangers that we meet? God knows the day when the world will end for some of these souls this year. I just learned today that an acquaintance of fourteen years and who was married almost two years passed away early this month. She had heard the gospel and she was ready! Sad she’s gone but have peace knowing she is “home”. Be not ashamed of THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST: for it IS THE POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION to every one that believes. We can plant a seed along our way but isn’t it great to know that it is the gospel not us that is the power of God for salvation!

  4. Betty says:

    Thanks, Pastor Mark, for preaching the gospel.

    In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.–Ephesians 1:7

    ” If the enemy can get you to believe the lie that you are not completely forgiven, and keep you sin-conscious, he will be able to keep you defeated, condemned, fearful of God and caught in a vicious circle of failure.

    …We need to start to realize that this is not a ‘basic teaching.’ This IS the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    In the end times, people will not be anti-God, but they will be anti-Christ. The anti-Christ movement in the end times will attempt to devalue Jesus’ deity, the cross and His power to forgive all our sins. That is why, in these last days, we need more preaching about Jesus, His finished work and the new covenant of His unmerited favor. We need more new covenant, Christ-centered preachers who will put the cross of Jesus as the focus of all their preaching. The only way to stem this deception from creeping into the church is to focus on exalting the person of Jesus and the central tenet of the new covenant, which is the complete forgiveness of sins! This is the gospel and when the gospel truth is preached, people will be set free.

    There should be no compromise when it comes to the gospel of Jesus. …Our part is to only believe! This is what makes the gospel the good news.” by J.P.

    • Romans 13:14 says:

      Clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for indulging the flesh. Put a stop to thinking about the evil cravings of your physical nature.

  5. Evelyn Bennett says:

    You are always taking me down memory lane with your blog entries. Y2K (LOL)perfect time to play computer practical jokes on your coworkers need I say more. As for now do not focus on the date time or year. As Christians we are called to be prayer warriors for God. Everything else can wait. God is always the #1 priority.

  6. Steve says:

    I believe that God wants to show His church His ubelievable love in the near future. Love that chastises, but only because He wants us to come close to His heart. Love that can be painful, but brings us to a place of unbelievable freedom in Him. Love that breaks the bonds of sin and gives His people victory and a fresh rain upon their souls. Love that forgives from the depths of the soul and dies for others. Love that convicts us of our sin so we can turn from it and find truth instead of lies. Love that serves God, not the agenda of man. Love that is completely surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and His beautiful word that gives us life.

  7. Philip says:

    I completely agree that the world will not end in 2012. I do however think that this might be the end of the world economy as we know it and pave way for a one world government. So instead of being scared about what the future holds. We should be encouraged that we know our purpose. We need to let the whole world know the truth that they are saved in Jesus. And we shouldn’t use the “your going to hell” approach. We act just like Jesus would if he came across that person and Love Them. Be encouraged that we’re on the winning side so we have nothing to be afraid of.

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