But, this has not kept the “prophetic” hysteria from reaching an almost fever pitch lately. There are predictions that earth will have radical disasters and problems due to this comet. Some state that the comet will reverse the poles on earth creating havoc on the planet. Others believe that we will have horrific problems because of electro-magnetic disturbances that will result from the comet passing near us. Still others believe that this comet will be the impetus of massive earthquakes that will rock the entire earth. Taking the cake are those who predict a period of three days of darkness – that will fulfill some kind of prophesy of Biblical proportions. One particular site said this is not even a comet – but a brown dwarf (Disney should check its amusement partks just to make sure they still have 7) which will radically change earth and bring on the end of time as we know it.
Additional “prophecy” sites are comparing this to Hopi Indian tribe lore about the “Blue Star Katsina” or another prophecy from the Mayan calendar. Some have even wondered if this event is what will bring on the end of the world as Mayan prophecy indicates (cue the trailer from the move 2012). If you want to go even further into the realms of the conspiracy theorists who also link into this stuff – some think that a planned event from Homeland Security paints an ominous picture for us - and an attack (most likely nuclear) that is imminent on the United States. OK – that is enough of that stuff. Can kind of get your heart-rate up can’t it?
Let us step back and catch our collective breath – and reason about things Scripturally – like we should. Are there going to be “signs in the heavens” surrounding eschatological events? Yes there will – but if you do your homework – they are DURING the seven-year tribulation period. Last time I looked – we have no open acknowledgment of the Antichrist being active in our day (although I’ve heard at various times that Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Barak Obama – and in one parody, Barney the Purple Dinosaur – are the Antichrist). If we have no public functioning Antichrist – we are not yet in the 7 year tribulation period. Therefore we can KNOW that the end-times sign of the asteroid/comet/brown dwarf/or Dopey the dwarf hitting the earth and causing havoc is NOT around the corner (meaning not even this year).
Too often people see something in space – or in a report – and they “wig-out” and forget any kind of biblical reasoning ability. Prophecy sites, especially, go for this stuff like a moth to a flame. They like the splashy and the attention-getting stories. But this gets us into trouble – saying nothing of the way that it makes people eventually consider us among other crazy groups out there predicting everything – and seldom if ever being right about anything.
Now, please understand – this thing may hit us. It may cause problems. But according to several reports that I’ve read – from people who should know what is going on . . . it is going to have about as much impact as a single mosquito hitting a supertanker as it cruises through the ocean. What is so sad is that after saying that – some in the prophecy community cry out, “But that is what the government wants us to think!” My answer for that is to roll my eyes and refocus my attention on what matters today. Love and live for Jesus – share the gospel – pray for others – love folks around me – and make disciples as if the future of the witness for Christ on this earth depends on it. All this I will do in the power that the Holy Spirit provides for me to be God’s man.
Will disasters happen? The answer to that is, “Yes, they will.” They have happened before – and they will continue to happen until the rapture and the beginning of the 7 year tribulation period. Granted afterward – these disasters will pale in comparison to the judgment of God that WILL come to this planet during that time. But the fact is that problems, famines, earthquakes, floods, plagues – and ever other kind of disastrous event have happened before – and will continue to happen. This even includes our planet being hit and influenced by small asteroids and other heavenly bodies. BUT . . . before we go off half-cocked about a new asteroid or comet or supposed brown dwarf, it might behoove us to know the Scriptures. They have told us what the end-times will look like – and what events will preclude others that happen later in the narrative.
So what should we do in light of Elenin – and the Blue Star – and the Mayan calendar – and, and, and, whatever is next on the “really-big-prediction-oh-my-gosh-get-ready-or-at-least-wig-out-for-a-few-days” prophecy post we see on the internet? My suggestion is that we do the following.
1. Wake up each morning and thank God for a new day.
2. Have a time where we read the Word – and talk to God (pray)
3. Somewhere in here enjoy a cup of coffee (I enjoy Shadrach’s Coffee personally)
4. Love your family, friends, and the lost ALL DAY LONG!
5. Share Jesus with someone today (They may need it – since a huge comet or brown dwarf may be killing
them before supper!!)
6. Spend your life seeking first God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness
7. Enjoy supper with your family (Unless a huge comet has landed in your dining room)
8. Kiss your spouse and kids at least once that evening.
9. Go to bed – get a good night’s sleep
10. Repeat till you go home to the Lord – or a large comet strikes you (Also beware when you go to Disneyland
or Disneyworld – we’ve heard reports that there are seven brown dwarfs circling around inside these