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My Answer to the Editor - Local Paper

Posted on January 11, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Have patience and rapture will come

 

In his Jan. 3 column, “Y2K and other moments of impending doom,” Editor Chip Minemyer’s smug pot shots – primarily aimed at Bible believers everywhere, referencing “moments of impending doom” with God’s inability to keep Minemyer’s doomsday timetable – prove his disdain for and ignorance of Bible prophecy.

 

Perhaps our Heavenly Father had more sense with future events still pending on his calendar than to entrust them to a newspaper editor.

 

Apparently, those truths were reserved for others better fit to reveal them to, such as his virgin born, sinless and resurrected son, Jesus, who also had some things to say on this subject. “O fools and slow of heart (not) to believe all that the prophets have spoken ...”

St. Peter picked up on this strand, when he said, “...There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts ... saying, where is the promise of his coming?”

 

The Book of Hebrews sums up Minemyer’s concerns very neatly, when its author said, “For ye have need of patience ... For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.”

 

The rapture of the church and return of the Lord Jesus Christ: Doomsday for some, and a sure promise and blessed hope – from their Savior, for others.

 

The last verse in the Holy Bible says it all: “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

 

Pastor Bob Leib

Boaz Baptist Church, Stoystown

 

Here's the article I responded to:

 

Published: December 31, 2009 08:24 am

Y2K and other moments of impending doom

BY CHIP MINEMYER

 

A decade ago, the world was all atwitter (long before Twitter) about the Y2K phenomenon.

What would happen when all of our digital clocks clicked to 1-1-2000?

 

It was estimated that a trillion dollars – yes, that’s with a T – were spent globally to prepare for the arrival of the new millennium. People collected food in their basements, bought extra clothing, stocked up on firewood and watched their computers with wary eyes.

Many companies shut down on Dec. 31, 1999 – planning to reopen sometime after midnight. If, that was, the world didn’t end.

 

Which it didn’t.

 

Basically, nothing happened – except that the software makers got rich.

And 10 years later, Y2K is but a blip in the electronic history books.

Will the same happen in 2012? Will we be swept up in hysteria, unnecessary fear of the end of days?

 

Steve Alten’s 2001 novel “Domain” tackled the Mayan prophecy of catastrophe. His characters raced against time to save the world from destruction.

Similarly, the film “2012” – released a few months back – provides another thriller narrative with characters fleeing from fictional impending doom.

 

But, you counter, what if the Mayan calendar is right?

 

What if the winter solstice in 2012 – on Dec. 21 – brings not only the end of Mayan time (yes, the Mayans are already long gone) but also the end of human time?

 

I’ll be honest – the notion of the end of days is really too big for me to get my head around.

But we’ve had letter writers – perhaps primed by TV screaming heads – who see political disarray in Washington, even the health-care debate, as signs of the apocalypse.

I recall a film from my youth that offered evidence – yes, many years ago – that the biblical Rapture was imminent. The Book of Revelation was about to be fulfilled.

 

Except, apparently it wasn’t.

 

If you search such concepts on the Internet, you’ll eventually find a copy of a poster that was circulated a bit more recently in Massachusetts. It reads: “Are You Ready For The Rapture? Jesus Is Coming On Oct. 28, 1992.”

 

If he came, I guess I missed it.

 

But that was hardly an isolated proclamation.

 

In fact, there were predictions last year that the Rapture would arrive in the fall of 2009.

Again, not so. (Maybe it was delayed because of the sluggish economy ...)

 

Some day, I suppose, the world as we know it will end. Maybe I’ll be around to see it. I’ve already witnessed some incredible things: The end of the Cold War, the invention of microwaveable bacon.

 

My guess is that 2012 will come and go with a lot of excitement but without global annihilation.

 

Then we’ll move on to the next fear factor, the next “end of days” prediction.

 

Just like back on Jan. 1, 2000.

 

Chicken Little would have felt right at home in the waning hours of the past century.

 

When the dreaded moment of Y2K was approaching, I was working at another Pennsylvania newspaper. We scheduled our printing so that our pages would be off the presses before midnight struck.

 

Don’t take any chances, right?

 

Perhaps a decade from now, people will be saying, “What’s a press?”

Or maybe that will be yet another gloomy prediction that goes unfulfilled.

 

Here’s hoping so.

 

Happy New Year.

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