by Jack KinsellaOmega Letter Editor

If you are a Christian, and you believe that Bible prophecy is being fulfilled in this generation, then you are probably the oddball in your church.

In fact, scratch ‘probably’. It is pretty much a dead-bang certainty that you are. It is fascinating to me that a person can be pro-choice, anti-Israel, pro-gay marriage, and be labeled a ‘Christian progressive’.

But if you believe that God not only knows the future, but recorded it for us in advance, well, then you’re a nut.

Most Christians are ok with the idea that God created the universe. Whether or not they accept it as a literal ‘creation’ or some kind of modified evolutionary scheme notwithstanding, few Christians would argue that creation is beyond God’s power.

For reasons nobody has ever been able to logically articulate to me, Christians have no problem agreeing that the First Advent of Jesus Christ was prophesied.

But prophecies pointing to His Second Advent are merely symbolic and not to be taken literally. If YOU do, then you are a nut.

There are some churches, on the other hand, that are wholly given over to the study of Bible prophecy for the last days. If you are a member of a church like that, not only are YOU a nut, but you probably belong to a cult.

If you wanted to draw a cartoon in which you wanted one of the characters to be instantly recognized as being a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic, the most recognizable way would be to draw a guy with a long beard wearing a burnoose and brandishing a sign saying, “Repent! The end is near!”

And that’s just the way the subject is treated by other Christians. To the world, if you study Bible prophecy, you are probably not just crazy, but dangerous.

If you believe Nostradamus knew the future, you’re a harmless eccentric, if you believe the Mayans calculated The End of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) you are an historian. If you believe St Malachy, you are a Catholic theologian.

But if you believe that the God of the Universe has a Divine Plan that culminates with the judgment of mankind during the Tribulation Period, based entirely on a literal reading of His Word, then there’s something wrong with you.

The Mayan Indians, whose culture died out 1400 years ago, developed a complex calendar system that continues to fascinate scientists to this day.

The Mayan Calendar divides the history of man into five distinct ‘ages’ and this present age is scheduled to end exactly at 11:11 am (Greenwich Mean Time), on 24 December, 2012. The Mayans believed that on that date and time, the world as we know it will end with the final destruction of mankind on the earth.

Nostradamus is credited with having predicted the 9/11 attacks as kicking off the end of days. According to one celebrated ‘quatrain’ a King of Terror wearing a blue turban will attack ‘the “Great City”, etc., etc.

Although his most famous quatrain makes reference to the ‘King of Terror’ “in the seventh month of 1999” and the 9/11 attacks took place in the 9th month of 2000, for Nostradamus fans, that was close enough.

An 12th-century Irish priest recorded a prophecy in which he allegedly named the rest of the Popes in human history, from Celestine II (1143-1144) to the last pope at the end of the world.

According to St. Malachy, there would be exactly 112 Popes. Malachy predicted the second last Pope would be called ‘a Benedictine.’ I wrote about St Malachy’s ‘Benedictine prophecy’ in April, 2005, as the new Pope was being selected.

Cardinal Ratzinger chose, as his papal name, “Pope Benedict the XVI”. According to St Malachy, the Benedictine’s reign will be short, (Ratzinger is in his 80’s) and he will be succeeded by the last Pope, “Peter the Great.”

The various adherents of the Mayans, Nostradamus, St Malachy (and there are others) all share the same basic worldview that could be paraphrased thusly: let every man be true and God a liar.

All the various secular ‘prophets’ prove is that Satan knows his time is short. There is a singular difference between secular prophecies and Bible prophecy that reveals the source of the information.

Secular prophecies can only ‘predict’ events, not outcomes. Bible prophecy tells how they turn out. “I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done.” (Isaiah 46:9b-10a)

Satan is the universe’s master deceiver. His ultimate goal is to be received as God. Only God is capable of prophecy.

But Satan has a counterfeit plan of his own, and he has had six thousand years to develop it. Since he knows what he has planned, it is no trick to reveal the plan to some secular ‘prophet’. Satan doesn’t know how his plan will turn out, any more than any other created being, but he DOES know what he has in mind.

From our dimension of time, it seems like prophecy. Remove the element of time, and what seem now to be prophecy would no more than the outline of a plan.

Extra-Biblical prophecies, are part of that overall plan to counterfeit the miracles of God, so that, one day, ” he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:4)

If one examines the extra-Biblical prophecies for the truth they contain, rather than looking for the sensational, what what learns is that it isn’t just prophecy nuts who believe in Bible prophecy. Satan believes it, too, or he wouldn’t be trying to counterfeit it.

What it DOES establish is that even Satan has an idea of the time of the end — and Satan thinks it will be some time around 2012.

We know that, of the day and hour, no man knoweth, but we are told we WILL know that it is ‘near, even at the doors.’ And from that time, Jesus tells us,

“Verily I say unto thee, this generation shall not pass, until ALL these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:34)

TEOTWAWKI on December 24, 2012? I don’t think so. But soon?

No doubt about it.

4 thoughts on “2012: TEOTWAWKI

  1. What if Domitian was the beast, 666, i.e. merely human? What if the reason John was told not to seal the prophesy was indeed that it was unfolding right then, not taking a 2000+ year parenthesis? What if when Jesus said His reign was “at hand” He meant it the way we do? That the persecution described in Revelation, Daniel and Ezekiel was played out in history already is a much better fit seems to me. The next big event would indeed be a rapture, of everyone. Then comes the end. Either way we still need to be about our Lord’s business with all due haste for indeed Today is the day of salvation. I hope my comments are not taken as offensive, they are certainly not meant to be. Just the expression of another view of scripture if that’s ok here. God bless.

  2. bshelley…Your comments are not offensive. Of course you are entitled to your opinion. I however have a different one. I’m not sure I completley understand what you were trying to say, but I will explain a few of the reason why I don’t agree with some of your points. First I believe in the literal interpretation of scripture. Hebrews 13:8 tells us “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever”. We know that all prophecies that have already been fullfilled were done so exactly as they were written i.e. the virgin birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, Daniels 70th week prophecy which told the exact day Jesus would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey, the birth of Israel in a day (Isaiah 66:8),etc. Since all prophecies already fullfilled were done so literally and as written it, is reasonable to believe that all unfullfilled prophecies will be also since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If the tribulation period had been played out through history already, then how could you explain the two witnesses that are to come (Rev. 11:1-14), or the prophecies in Daniel 12:11 & Revelation 11:3 that divide up the tribualion period into a literal 7 year period in which at the midpoint the anti christ enters the rebuilt temple and declares himself to be God as described in Daniel 9:27. All of these are specific prophecies that must be yet to come because there is nothing like them in history. Since they occur in the tribulation it must be yet to come. I don’t believe Domitian is the anti christ because 2 Thessalonians
    2:6-8 tells us he won’t be revealed until the restrainer (the Holy Spirit) is taken out of the way. The Holy Spirit is in every person who accepts Christ. That is why I believe the rapture of the church occurs before the tribulation begins. The restrainer will be taken out of the way and the anti christ will be revealed. Revelation 13:18 tells us 666 is the number of man. In Hebrew every alphabit letter is assigned a numerical value. I believe that if you add up the numerical value of the name of the anti christ once he makes his appearence you will see it adds up to 666 thus revealing him to be the anti christ. Also, there is the mark of the beast which the anti christ will require. Recieving the mark will seal a persons fate to eternity in hell. Not taking the mark will more than likely mean their physical death by the anti christ, however their eternal future will be secure if they turn to Jesus Christ before their death. This mark that controls buying and selling has not been put into place at anytime in history thus meaning it must be still to come. The most important reason I believe the tribualtion is yet to come and we will be raptured prior to it beggining is because I know God’s word is true and we can stand on his promises and he tells us we will be spared his wrath in:

    Revelation3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 3:11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

    1Thessalonians 1:9-10 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 1:10And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

    1Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ

    I could go on and on. There are many, many, many prophecies and scriptures that are important to understanding it all that I haven’t even mentioned and are too lenghty to go into here. If you are interested in any of my view points, you can find a lot of information on my website Rapturewatch.us. The forum section contains much information as well as the article section. Thanks for you comments and post. May God bless you!

  3. Holly….maybe you will and maybe you won’t! What if God should decide to end the life he’s given you today? We are not guaranteed our next breath. If God should end your life today are you ready? You will live forever the only question is where. If you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you will forever be with him enjoying things you can’t even concieve of. If you don’t you will spend eternity in hell suffering torment. Even if you live a full life….are the years you will spend here partying worth the trade of your eternal future that will never end? God sent his only son so you could be saved. I pray you make the right decision! If you are anyone else reading this would like information on accepting Christ and salvation, here is a link that will help explain things:

    What Must I do to Accept Jesus Christ?

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