Have a great weekend because it may be your last. At least according to the so-called “Christian numerologist” David Meade.
Meade predicts the world will end on Monday, April 23rd. Based on his apocalyptic hypothesis from the Old Testament book of Isaiah and the New Testament book of Revelation it will be “cruel day.” It will be filled with “wrath and fierce anger.”
Meade, the author of the book “Planet X – The 2017 Arrival,” also predicted the world would end last year. He claimed a tenth planet, named Nibiru, would hit Earth in October. The planet Nibiru has been labeled as a work of fiction by NASA.
Of course, Meade was wrong last year, and he’s probably going to be wrong this year. His complicated analysis is founded upon a misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the Bible’s prophecies, most of which have already been fulfilled.
Interestingly the date April 23 was also used by William Miller, a Baptist preacher whose followers would eventually form the 7th Day Adventist Church. Miller predicted numerous doomsday dates in the mid-1800’s, including April 23, 1843. When that failed then predicated October 22, 1844, which would infamously be remembered as “The Great Disappointment.”
I put zero faith in all of these predictions and prophecies. The Bible tells us that “the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night.” At that time “the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” (2 Pet. 3:10).
Furthermore, regarding the end of time, Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mk 13:32)
Now with that being said, what if this weekend was your very last one on earth? How would you spend it? What would you do? Who would you call? Where would go?
Would you spend time with your family and affirm your love to them? And enjoy the precious little time you had left?
Would you let go of a grudge you were holding and forgive someone who had slighted you?
Would you ask forgiveness of a friend, brother, or family member that you had hurt with a careless word or thoughtful action?
Would pray for God’s forgiveness for some unrepented of sin in your life?
Would you take some time to read your Bible and meditate on spiritual matters?
Would you cancel plans to see a risque movie, watch a bawdy show or attend a wild concert?
Would you attend worship services Sunday? Would you go for Bible class as well? And maybe return for an evening service?
Would you worship “as usual”? Or would it be with greater fervor and deeper passion?
Would your waking hours be focused on “the things of God”?
What would you change and how would your life be different the next 3 days, if April 23rd was your final day on earth?
While I doubt Meade’s dubious prediction, it is possible that your life could end on Monday. No one knows the day of his departure. But we do know that “it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27).
Let’s take to heart Jesus’ admonition, “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman