May 21 of 2011 was to be the day the world ended, according to Harold Camping, the head of Family Radio. His organization spent a great deal of money proclaiming the message that Christ would return on that day, but obviously He didn’t. Ask the average person on the street if they believe God’s going to come down and end the world and they’ll undoubtedly say they don’t believe such a notion.
On the other hand, it also seems that some people — even the non-religious or secular-minded — see the possibility of the end of life on Earth. Certainly since the nuclear age began it’s a distinct possibility. Scientists from various disciplines have conjectured ways in which the world could come to an end, such as a huge asteroid hitting the earth, subterranean melted rock bursting forth all over the globe, or any number of other scenarios.
So, belief in the possibility of the world ending is fairly common. Most people agree that Jesus was a great teacher and that what He taught was true. One of the things Jesus often talked about was His coming back to this world and altering everything in a profound way, stopping history as we know it, and creating a new existence with a new heaven and earth. Yes, things will probably get worse before they get better, but Jesus promised that they will definitely get better, much better!
Steven Covey wrote a book called 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Habit two is “Begin with the end in mind.” I like to paraphrase that to affirm that I want to live with the end in mind, an ending that’s really a brand new beginning!
“At that time men will see the Son of Man [Jesus’ favorite nickname for Himself] coming in clouds with great power and glory.” (Jesus in Mark 13:26)