Will the World End in 2012?: Will the World End in 2012? Will the World End in 2012?: Will the World End in 2012? A Google search for this question generated 2,920,000,000 hits in .32 seconds Millions of dollars are spent each year on the topic of end-time predictions (movies, books, religion ministries, etc.) because of mankind’s fascination with the future Deuteronomy 18:22: Deuteronomy 18:22 20 But the prophet, that shall speak a word presumptuously in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die. 21 And if thou say in thy heart, How shall we know the word which Jehovah hath not spoken? 22 when a prophet speaketh in the name of Jehovah, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which Jehovah hath not spoken: the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously, thou shalt not be afraid of him. Failed Doomsday Predictions: Failed Doomsday Predictions 1806 – A chicken in Leeds, England predicted “Christ is coming” on an egg 1843 – William Miller (Seventh-Day Adventists) predicted the end of the world 1891 – Joseph Smith (Mormons) predicted the second coming of Christ Failed Doomsday Predictions: Failed Doomsday Predictions 1901 – Some predicted that Hailey’s comet gases would bring an end to the world 1914 – Charles T. Russell (Jehovah’s Witnesses) predicted the end of the world 1982 – Pat Robertson predicted that God would bring his judgment day upon the world Failed Doomsday Predictions: Failed Doomsday Predictions 1997 – Heaven’s Gate predicted the world would end after the appearance of the Hale-Bopp comet (39 members committed suicide) 1999 – The Nostradamus prophecy predicted that the “great king of terror” would come 2000 – Y2K was supposed to bring world chaos via computer failure Failed Doomsday Predictions: Failed Doomsday Predictions 2000 – Richard Noone predicted that ice would cover the earth on 5/5/2000 2008 – Ronald Weinland (God’s Church Ministry) predicted that millions would die in 2006 and the US would collapse in 2008 2011 – Harold Camping predicted the rapture on May 21 and the end of the world on Oct. 21 Failed Doomsday Predictions: Failed Doomsday Predictions These failed predictions have brought about needless responses of fear, death, sell-out, etc., from followers These failed predictions have brought about rejection of the truth from atheists, skeptics, scientists, etc. (many failed doomsday lists can be found on atheist / skeptic websites) “The End” in the Bible: “The End” in the Bible “The end” of Jerusalem (Mt. 24:6,13,14) “The end” of the world (Mt. 13:39,40,49) The End of the World: The End of the World The end of the world and the second coming of Jesus Christ will be at the same time (1 Cor. 15:23-24) Jesus will come “as a thief” – unannounced and unexpected (Mt. 24:43-44; Lk. 12:39-40; 1 Thess. 5:2,4; 2 Pet. 3:10) Only God knows the time of the end (Mt. 24:36; Mk. 13:32-33; Acts 17:31) The End of the World: The End of the World The earth will end in fire when God speaks his word (2 Pet. 3:7,10) The earth will end so a new order can begin in heaven (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1) Peter and the Error of the Wicked (2 Peter 3:17): Peter and the Error of the Wicked (2 Peter 3:17) The end will happen , contrary to all mockers and disbelievers who say it won’t (2 Pet. 3:4-7) The end will be unexpected , contrary to all predictors and prognosticators who set a time (2 Pet. 3:8-10) The end will be complete destruction , contrary to all who teach that some people will survive on a renewed earth (2 Pet. 3:10) The End of the World: The End of the World We are told how Jesus is coming, why Jesus is coming, but not when he is coming! Let us spend our time, not predicting, but preparing (2 Pet. 3:11-14)! The world will end when God decides it is time and he has not revealed that time to anyone, including the Mayans!