That final climatic Winter Solstice of 2012 happened in Los Angeles around 3AM this morning.
It’s now 4 hours later, and I haven’t even felt a mild earthquake here.
Was all the commotion about nothing? That’s really not much of a surprise to me.
Not the reason you would think. Not the scientific ones, or the historical ones. Rather, because the Bible has been 100% accurate about it’s predictions thus far. And…
Well, some things have to occur first. In reverse order…
1) Jesus reigns on Earth, from Jerusalem, for 1000 years, and THEN there is a final battle, and Earth is destroyed.
2) Before Jesus comes to reign there is (a) the rapture of the church, and (b) the Great Tribulation period. All of which contain events described clearly, of which there is no record yet in our history.
Here are a few references to get started…
“On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. … Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left.” – Luke 17:31, 33-35 ESV
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 ESV
And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while. Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. – Revelation 20:2-5 ESV
There’s more to it than that though.
Don’t go “Whew what a relief” just yet.
Just because it didn’t happen today, just because Jesus clearly states that no one can predict the exact time (Matthew 24:36), doesn’t mean it won’t be soon. The evidence of something significant happening in the very near future is very clear, and even though Jesus was quick to point out that no one can predict the time, in that very same speech he also then continues to tell of signs we can watch for, to know that the time is close.
What kinds of signs?
Well, for one, more and more earthquakes. Sound familiar. Jesus said the entire Earth would be like a woman with labor pains, about to give birth.
Furthermore, just because the Earth itself doesn’t get destroyed for another thousand years doesn’t mean that you’ll want to be here for what happens before that period starts. That time will be pretty terrible. Heck one of the things that does happen then is that a comet does hit the Earth.
The question is, what can you do to prepare for this? Anything? Something better than just becoming really depressed with a sense of impending doom? Yes, there is something.
But that topic deserves a whole blog post all to itself. Coming soon. Watch for it.
Heck, maybe a whole eBook. Kindle, anyone?