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Concerned about the end of the world
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Pastor Steve Lane

Recently, some folks have asked me my opinion about what some religious figures are saying about something called “blood moon.”

I have looked up what some are saying, and to be honest, I don’t see what they are seeing. They are saying that the blood moon serves as an omen of the coming of the end times. I’m not proclaiming to be an expert on the end of the world, but over my lifetime, I have heard a lot of things that are supposed to have happened but never did.

I remember that in 1988, there was a prediction that Jesus would come back and rapture his people up to heaven. Then there were some saying that when the year 2000 came, computer systems wouldn’t be able to change over from the 1900s, thus bringing about chaos and the end of the world. This was known as Y2K. Then, in 2012, the Mayan calendar ended, and there was speculation that the world must be coming to an end.

Throughout history, we have had prophesies, predictions and so-called revelations that spoke of the coming of Christ and the end of the world that have failed.

I don’t know when these things will happen, even though I will admit I believe the Scriptures teach that they will. And I don’t think that this is what we ought to be worrying about if we are true followers of Christ. We ought to be glad when these things happen — at least, that’s what I think the Bible teaches. In Philippians 3:20, the writer says, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” So, the only people that should be worried are those who have not made spiritual preparation. The New Testament teaches that there is only one way to do so: by choosing to be a follower of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

The good news is that we all are invited to do so.

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