ACTUAL REASONS: “WHY THE WORLD DIDN’T ENDED ?
WHY THE WORLD NOT ENDED ON DEC 21, 2012 ?
“God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform:
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
As some ignorantly misjudge the skill and wisdom of a great architect and builder by his unfinished work, so also many in their ignorance now misjudge God by his unfinished work; but by and by, when the rough scaffolding of evil, which has been permitted for man’s discipline, and which shall finally be overruled for his good, has been removed, and the rubbish cleared away, God’s finished work will universally declare his infinite wisdom and power; and his plans will be seen to be in harmony with his glorious character.
God’s method of dealing with men did not vary during all that time – from Adam’s fall to the flood. God had given man his law, written in his very nature; but after he had sinned he left him measurably to his own course, which was downward, “evil, and that continually,” that thus man might realize his folly, and that the wisdom of God in commanding absolute obedience might be made manifest.
Since God tells us that he has a definitely fixed purpose, and that all his purposes shall be accomplished, it behooves us, as his children, to inquire diligently what those plans are, that we may be found in harmony with them.
Notice how emphatically Jehovah affirms the fixedness of his purpose: “Jehovah of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it be.” “The Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it?” “I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me. . . My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. . .
Yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.” (Isa. 14: 24-27; 46: 9 – 11.)
Therefore, however haphazard or mysterious God’s dealings with men may appear, those who believe this testimony of his Word must acknowledge that his original and unalterable plan has been, and still is, progressing systematically to completion.
While the mass of mankind, groping in the darkness of ignorance, must await the actual developments of God’s plan, before they can realize the glorious character of the Divine Architect, it is the privilege of the child of God to see by faith and the light of his lamp the foretold glories of the future, and thereby to appreciate the otherwise mysterious dealings of the past and the present. Therefore, as interested sons of God, and heirs of a promised inheritance, we apply to our Father’s Word, that we may understand his purposes from the plans and specifications therein given.
We must understand that the world we are living in is the World that is under the rule of Satan, the usurper, it has been indeed an “evil world;” it is called “Evil World” not because there is nothing good in it, but because in it evil is permitted to predominate.
“Now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.” (Mal. 3: 15.)
Because Satan is the prince (ruler) of the present evil world, evil prospers and the wicked flourish.
That in this present evil world, whosoever will live godly shall suffer persecution, while the wicked flourish like a green bay tree. – 2 Tim. 3: 12;Psa. 37:35.
But the world that we are waiting for will be the Kingdom of God.. “THE WORLD TO COME – “wherein dwelleth righteousness.” – Heb. 2:5; 2 Pet. 3:13.
Under divine administration it will be an era of righteousness and of blessing to all the families of the earth. It is mentioned as “THE WORLD TO COME- ” Wherein dwellth righteousness” not because there will be no evil in it, but because evil will not predominate. The blotting out of evil will be gradual, requiring all of the first thousand years. Evil will not rule then; it will not prosper; it will no longer be the wicked that will flourish; but
“The righteous shall flourish“ (Psa. 72 : 7),
“The “obedient shall eat the good of the land” (Isa. 1: 19), and
“The evil doer shall be cut off.” – Psa. 37: 9.
Lord’s words show why there is to be a difference between the present and the future world. It is because he will be the prince or ruler of the world to come, that in it righteousness and truth will prosper; while, because Satan is the prince (ruler) of the present evil world, evil prospers and the wicked flourish.
As Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world,” and until the era or “world to come” does come, Christ’s kingdom will not control the earth. And for this we are taught to hope and pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth.” Satan is the “ruler of the darkness of this world,” and therefore “darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the people.” He now rules and works in the hearts of the children of disobedience. – Eph. 2 : 2; 6: 12.
Now the point to be noted that “There must be some very important part of the great Architect’s plan for man’s salvation not yet fully developed – else the new prince and the new world would have been introduced in 2012.
Why it was postponed for an appointed time, and also the manner of the change from the present dominion of evil under Satan to that of righteousness under Christ, are points of interest which will be more fully shown hereafter. Suffice it now to say, that the kingdoms of this world, now subject to Satan, are at the proper time to become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ. (Rev. 11 : 15.) The context shows that the transfer will be accomplished by a general time of trouble.
In reference to it Jesus said, “No man can enter into a strong man’s house and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man, and then he will spoil his house.” (Mark 3 : 22-27.)
Thus we are taught that Satan must first be bound, restrained and deposed, before Christ’s reign of righteousness and peace can be established. This binding of Satan is accordingly to be the first work in the transformation of the new world . – Rev. 20: 2.
For the kingdoms of this world are supported and enriched through oppression, injustice and deceit, to as great an extent as the increasing intelligence of the people will permit.
Satan, the present “prince of this world,” must yet be displaced, and these kingdoms, now under his control, must become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Anointed, when he shall take unto himself his great power, and reign.
Therefore, this unfinished work of God, This binding of Satan is accordingly to be the first work in the transformation of the new world . – Rev. 20: 2.
“Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust him for his grace.
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
“His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour.
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.
In case you missed it, NASA released a video entitled “Why the World Didn’t End Yesterday.” But instead of waiting until Dec. 22 to upload the video, NASA released it last week. The caption explains it all:
Awaiting the End:
ERIDA, Mexico — Dec. 21 started out as the prophetic day some had believed would usher in the fiery end of the world. By Friday afternoon, it had become more comic than cosmic, the punch line of countless Facebook posts and at least several dozen T-shirts.
At the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, thousands chanted, danced and otherwise frolicked around ceremonial fires and pyramids to mark the conclusion of a vast, 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar.
The doomsayers who had predicted apocalypse were nowhere to be seen. Instead, people showed up in T-shirts reading “The End of the World: I Was There.”
Vendors eager to sell their ceramic handicrafts and wooden masks called out to passing visitors, “Buy something before the world ends.”
And on Twitter, (hash)EndoftheWorld had become one of the day’s most popular hash tags.
For the masses in the ruins, Dec. 21 sparked celebration of what they saw as the birth of a new and better age. It was also inspiration for massive clouds of patchouli and marijuana smoke and a chorus of conch calls at the break of dawn.
The official crowd count stood at 20,000 as of mid-afternoon, with people continuing to arrive. That surpassed the count on an average day but not as many as have gathered at the ruins during equinoxes.
The boisterous gathering Friday included Buddhists, pagan nature worshippers, druids and followers of Aztec and Maya religious traditions. Some kneeled in attitudes of prayer, some seated with arms outstretched in positions of meditation, all facing El Castillo, the massive main pyramid.
Ceremonies were being held at different sides of the pyramid, including one led by a music group that belted out American blues and reggae-inspired chants. Others involved yelping and shouting, and drumming and dance, such as one ceremony led by spiritual master Ollin Yolotzin.
“The world was never going to end, this was an invention of the mass media,” said Yolotzin, who leads the Aztec ritual dance group Cuautli-balam. “It is going to be a good era. … We are going to be better.”
Ivan Gutierrez, a 37-year-old artist who lives in the nearby village, stood before the pyramid and blew a low, sonorous blast on a conch horn. “It has already arrived, we are already in it,” he said of the new era. “We are in a frequency of love, we are in a new vibration.”
But it was unclear how long the love would last: A security guard quickly came over and asked him to stop blowing his conch shell, enforcing the ruin site’s ban on holding ceremonies without previous permits.
Similar rites greeted the new era in neighboring Guatemala, where Mayan spiritual leaders burned offerings and families danced in celebration. Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla attended an official ceremony in the department of Peten, along with thousands of revelers and artists.
At an indigenous South American summer solstice festival in Bolivia, President Evo Morales arrived on a wooden raft to lead a festival that made offerings to Pachamama, Mother Earth, on a small island in the middle of Lake Titicaca.
The leftist leader and 3,000 others, including politicians, indigenous shamans and activists of all stripes, didn’t ponder the end of the world, just the death of the capitalist system, which Morales told the crowd had already happened amid “a global financial, political and moral crisis.”
“The human community is in danger because of climatic reasons, which are related to the accumulation of wealth by some countries and social groups,” he told the crowd. “We need to change the belief that having more is living better.”
Despite all the pomp, no one is certain the period known as the Mayas’ 13th Baktun officially ended Friday. Some think it may have happened at midnight. Others looked to Friday’s dawn here in the Maya heartland. Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History even suggested historical calculations to synchronize the Mayan and Western calendars might be off a few days. It said the Mayan Long Count calendar cycle might not really end until Sunday.
One thing, however, became clear to many by Friday afternoon: The world had not ended.
John Hoopes, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Kansas, was at the ruins, using the opportunity to talk about how myths are created.
“You don’t have to go to the far corners of the earth to look for exotic things, you’ve got them right here,” he noted.
End-of-the-world paranoia, however, has spread globally despite the insistence of archeologists and the Maya themselves that the date meant no such thing.
Dozens of schools in Michigan canceled classes this week amid rumors of violence tied to the date. In France, people expecting doomsday were looking expectantly to a mountain in the Pyrenees where they believe a hidden spaceship was waiting to spirit them away. And in China, government authorities were cracking down on a fringe Christian group spreading rumors about the world’s end, while preaching that Jesus had reappeared as a woman in central China.
Gabriel Romero, a Los Angeles-based spiritualist who uses crystal skulls in his ceremonies, had no such illusions as he greeted the dawn at Chichen Itza.
“We’ll still have to pay taxes next year,” he said.
As if to put the final nail in the coffin of such rumors, Bob McMillan of the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory confirmed Friday that no large asteroids are predicted to hit anytime soon.
And Bill Leith, a senior science adviser at the U.S. Geological Survey, noted that as far as quakes, tsunamis and solar storms for the rest of the day, “we don’t have any evidence that anything is imminent.”
Still, there were some who wouldn’t truly feel safe until the sun sets Friday over the pyramids in the Yucatan peninsula, the heartland of the Maya.
Mexico’s best-known seer, Antonio Vazquez Alba, known as “El Brujo Mayor,” said he had received emails with rumors that a mass suicide might be planned in Argentina. He said he was sure that human nature represented the only threat Friday.
“Nature isn’t going to do us any harm, but we can do damage to ourselves,” he said.
Authorities worried about overcrowding and possible stampedes during celebrations Friday at Mayan sites such as Chichen Itza and Uxmal, both about 1 1/2 hours from Merida, the Yucatan state capital. Special police and guard details were assigned to the pyramids.
- In Mexico, Many Tourists, But Few Big Spenders image by: Huffpost
Small replicas of the Maya calendar predicting the beginning of a new age are on sale in the shadows of the Chichen Itza ruins for 80 pesos (about $6), but hawkers will discount them forty percent if tourists are looking for a bargain.
When asked if he’s sold many calendars, one stall owner performs an elaborate mime bemoaning the lack of pockets in the flowing robes and skirts worn by many of the assembled.
Yucatan Gov. Rolando Zapata said he for one felt the growing good vibes, and not just because his state was raking in loads of revenue from the thousands of celebrants flooding in.
– For his latest cartoon, Chicano artist Lalo Alcaraz depicted what the Maya’s real doomsday vision might have been:
- CARTOON: Mayan Calendar Doomsday Vision
“We believe that the beginning of a new baktun means the beginning of a new era, and we’re receiving it with great optimism,” Zapata said.
Associated Press writers Romina Ruiz-Goiriena in Iximche, Guatemala; Bradley Brooks in Sao Paulo; Carlos Valdez in Isla del Sol, Bolivia; and Florent Bajrami in Bugarach, France, contributed to this report of Huffington post.
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