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Apocalypse Now? Luke 21:25-36

Apocalypse Now?

December 21, 2012, marks the end of the Mayan calendar, and some fear it signals the end of the world.

At a Glance

The Mayan calendar comes to an end this month, and dire predictions are raining down upon us. This reminds us of what Jesus said about the "end of days."

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle reading, see "An Advent Attitude," November 30, 1997, at

"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves" (Luke 21:25).

Jesus is speaking about the "Apocalypse" -- a Greek word which means a revelation or uncovering. Revealed and uncovered is the completion of God's work in the world, and the coming of the Son of Man.

So is the Apocalypse going to happen now?

Some people think so. A journalist named Lawrence Joseph has written Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation Into Civilization's End, a book which predicts widespread catastrophe beginning this month. He looks to the sky and sees "signs in the sun, the...

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