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What Awaits You in 2012?

It’s 2012, and we are well into this year already. What you do you think awaits you in the remainder of this year? Nobody knows for sure, right?

Have you perchance heard about the famous Mayan prophecy that supposedly predicts global disaster near the end of this year? Do these rumors have you worried?

According to the Mayan calendar, the 21st of December of this year completes the last day of the 13th “bactun.” (A “bactun” is a Mayan unit of time equal to 144,000 days, or about 400 years in our calendar.) After that, what will happen? Will one “bactun” end and another begin, or will the world come to an end? Will the sun rise on the morning of the 22nd of December?

For the moment, lets forget about debatable things like Mayan prophecies, and consider an irrefutable fact: A LOT of us die every year! In fact, statistics indicate that about 55.3 million of us die per year [source: The World Factbook]. This means that for about 53 million of us, whether or not the world comes to an end on December 21 will be completely irrelevant. Because by then about 53 million of us will already have died this year. For those millions of people, the sun in fact will not rise in the east on the morning of December 22.

But, I’m not going to die in 2012!” Let me remind you that very few of us think we are going to die in 2012. But the fact remains that approximately 55.3 million of us will leave this planet this year, whether we plan to do so or not.

What awaits you in 2012? I hope to God that peace and goodwill await you. If you live a life of repentance, obedience and faith in Jesus, then I assure you that peace and goodwill await you in what remains of 2012, “with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life” (Mark 10:30).

The return of Christ gets closer all the time. Will He return before the 21st of this year, or will He return after that date? We don’t know. But one thing is sure: “Ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14).

—Daniel Huber

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