Will the world end today?

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the prediction that the world will end on Saturday, May 21 at 6pm.


I’m sure by now you’ve heard the prediction that the world will end on Saturday, May 21 at 6pm. 


This isn’t the first time Harold Camping has made such a prediction.  His first prediction for September 1994 was obviously false, just as this latest prediction will prove to be.



Don’t get me wrong, as Christians we believe in the Second Coming.  We believe Jesus will return to rapture His faithful into Heaven. He will return to judge the living and the dead.  And many Christians, contrary to some national reports, believe that we are living in the end times.




However, trying to pick a date for Christ’s return based on hidden codes and mathematical formulas is not only dangerous but also contrary to what Jesus told us.


“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Matthew 24-42,44

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” Mark 13:32-33

The public, Christian and non-Christian alike, has always been fascinated by the concept of a final judgment day.  Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins'  "Left Behind" books have sold more 65 million copies. It remains one of the best-selling fiction series in print today.

Focus on the Family President Jim Daly has a great article about this “end of the world” prediction. I want to share it with you.

Click here to read Will the World End on Saturday?

Click here to read Tim LaHaye’s response.

Does all of this talk about the end of the world make you a little uneasy?  I’d like to hear your thoughts.


I guess I like how Tim LaHaye summed it up best. 


He said, “You can be sure the rapture will not occur when anyone sets a date because God wants us all to live every day as though Christ could come today. A great motto for daily living is PERHAPS TODAY. For one day it will happen and we don't know when, but we don't want you to be left behind!”

We don’t have to be worried about death or when the world will end.  God offered us eternal life through His Son Jesus.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

I look forward to hearing from you.

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  • by SimplyChristian on Jun 6, 2011 at 03:55 PM
    Rob Bell said it best: "Our eschatology shapes our ethics. Eschatology is about last things. Ethics are about how you live. What you believe about the future shapes, informs, and determines how you live now. If you believe that you’re going to leave and evacuate to somewhere else, then why do anything about this world? A proper view of heaven leads not to escape from the world, but to full engagement with it, all with the anticipation of a coming day when things are on earth as they currently are in heaven." And another thing. All of you are trying to "convert" Brandon by giving him images of deathbeds and burning fires (with exquisite grammar and spelling I might add)! Why not show him a picture of the wonderful life he can have with Christ? It seems like many of you have it kind of backwards. But what do I know?
  • by JD Location: 40701 on May 21, 2011 at 11:46 AM
    The church age is just about over the rapture is very close, but not too day! The old timer needs to retire he has forgotten his Bible verses, we will be taken to heaven for 7 years to the the lambs supper and at the end of the tribulations, 7 yrs, we will return with CHRIST to Armageddon and Rev., says that we will rule and reign 1000 years with CHRIST as priest and hi priests. If this is correct then the end cannot happen today or for another 1000 years, during this time Satin will be locked up the end will not come till satin is released on the world at the end of the 1000 years! Read Revelations it tell you all about it!I think the preacher just wanted on TV!!
  • by Charles Location: Inez on May 21, 2011 at 09:05 AM
    What amazes me is that people will believe people like Nostradamus, David Koresh, Jim Jones, this Manning guy & others who do this. But you cant get these people who believe these false-prophets to believe nothing that GOD's word the Bible has to say about doing this. "GOD is not mocked for what so ever a man sow he shall also reap"..........
  • by Ken on May 21, 2011 at 09:03 AM
    There is a God, Brandon. You'll find that to be true some day.
  • by Ashley Bailey Location: Pikeville on May 21, 2011 at 12:44 AM
    I'm so sick of people trying to predict when the end will be, as this article says no man will know, so why do people constantly continue to try and guess when it will be, God did not intend for us to know, if he were going to leave clues in the Bible he would have just told us the day, I live in fear all the time because of nonsense such as this I think this man and all those who try to make these predictions are ridiculous, and they just enjoy getting a rise out of people not to mention the money they make from peoples donations, I just wish people would leave God's work to God and stop pretending they know stuff that they will never know. The whole point of his not telling people when, is so that they continue to live in ways that are right by him.
  • by Fred Williams Location: Lost Creek, Ky. on May 20, 2011 at 09:21 PM
    When I hear Jesus call my name, I'll know that it is Him and that He has come back for me. I have been saved for 34 years now and I know there are deceivers in this world who will try to deceive the very elect if it were possible. Neil, I thank God for your boldness in serving Him. You are a great asset to this community. Keep up the good work and may God bless you brother.
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      by Neil Middleton on May 28, 2011 at 08:50 AM in reply to Fred Williams
      Fred, Thanks for the kind words. My prayer is that the Lord will use me in whatever way He chooses. God Bless you too my brother.
  • by Cleta on May 20, 2011 at 06:25 PM
    Very well written I totally agree with this :)
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      by Neil Middleton on May 28, 2011 at 08:51 AM in reply to Cleta
      Cleta, Thank You!
  • by Brittany Location: Hazard on May 20, 2011 at 02:10 PM
    Thank you so much for your Biblical quotes and Christian outlook. The scariest part of all this is that so many WONDER if the world will end tomorrow... this tells me that they do not know the Bible nor our Lord. Thank you for publicly posting this. It's Cool To Be Christian! :)
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      by Neil Middleton on May 28, 2011 at 08:52 AM in reply to Brittany
      Brittany, Thank you! I hope it was an encouragement. And yes, it is cool to be a Christian. I just wish I had learned that much younger in life. God Bless!
  • by Rita Location: London on May 20, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    Neil, I think it's wonderful that WYMT is not bowing to the "don't offend anyone by saying the word 'Jesus'" movement. I love that you're not ashamed or afraid to tell the world your thoughts on the Rapture, or on salvation. If we had more journalists would stand up for what they believe, the world might not be in the shape it's in now. We do NOT know the hour, because the Bible says we won't. And after all, the Word is the only road map we have until that great day when the trumpets sound and we get to go home to be with the One who died for our sins! Thank you again, Neil. I am, and always will be, a faithful WYMT fan. God bless you!
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      by Neil Middleton on May 28, 2011 at 08:56 AM in reply to Rita
      Rita, Thank you for the kinds words and thank you for watching WYMT. My prayer is the Lord will use opportunities like this to encourage people and show them their is hope in Jesus Christ. God Bless you too!
  • by Samantha Location: Corbin, KY on May 20, 2011 at 12:55 PM
    I totally agree with this article. I think he is contradicting what God told us. No man will know the hour nor the day that Judgement day will come. Only God knows that. A lot of contradictions are being flaunted by this man. I am not sure why people believe him when he failed the first time. As this article states, we should be ready everyday, today may be the day..it could be tomorrow or years from now. We should just live and thank God for the days we do have! Thanks so much for this article. I am glad to see some good opinions on this matter!!
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