Find God: End of the World (Mayan Calendar)

By Dianne E. Butts:

Is it possible to find God in all this talk about the end of the world  and the Mayan calendar?

 

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For years I have heard the Mayan calendar ended on 12/21/12. Many people were speculating about or even predicting cataclysmic events that could bring about the actual end of the calendar for all mankind.

In other words, then end of the world.

Well here we are. And we’re still here.

Some people predicted the earth’s poles could reverse—the north pole becoming south and the south pole become north. The result of the world’s poles “rolling over” could be devastating, possibly the same event that caused the demise of the dinosaurs. Others predicted volcanic eruptions or devastating natural phenomena, possibly so severe it could make our planet uninhabitable.

December 21, 2012 marked “the conclusion of a vast, 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar” reports the article, “Mayan calendar ends; world doesn’t”, on CBSnews.com. That article reports people showed up to the Mayan city of Chichen Itza in t-shirts sporting the words “The End of the World: I Was There” and that the end of the world was a popular hashtag topic on Twitter.

Yet the date has come and gone and we’re still here.

While some people may have been fearful of “The End,” others make fun of it. Perhaps when the day’s end progressed around the earth we felt a silent sigh of relief.

However, there’s one thing about this whole deal that I take very, very seriously. And that is that I believe it has–in some less tangible way–diminished the seriousness of the situation our world is truly in.

The truth is, this world is not going to last forever. There is an end coming—an end to the world as we know it. I believe that not because the Mayans said so (actually they didn’t, they just said their calendar ended and some people took that idea and ran with it) but because God said it.

We read about it the Bible in passages like Matthew 24 and I highly recommend you read that whole chapter. Here’s an excerpt:

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:4-14, NIV 1984).

Some people may laugh and put me the class of kooks. I don’t care. I absolutely believe it will happen just as Jesus predicted. Many Christians are sounding the warnings these very days. We look around and see clearly what is happening in our world and we’re not laughing.

This is serious business. Are you laughing at me? Or are you heeding the warning? If you’re listening to the warning, then you just might find (the true) God in all this talk about the Mayan end of the world.

 Bio: © Dianne E. Butts’ new book, Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus, just released for the Christmas season. Her last book is Grandparenting through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ (Pix-N-Pens, August 2012). Visit her blog at www.DeliverMeBook.blogspot.comwww.DianneEButts.com

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Find God: Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus

For new insight about the Christmas story, consider reading the new book Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus: by one of our Finding God Daily writers, Dianne E. Butts.

 

As the rush of the Christmas season settles over our lives this year, how are you going to keep Christ at the center of your Christmas? A new look at old, old prophecies might help you find God daily in prophecies fulfilled in the birth of Jesus.

Many prophecies predicted the coming of the Messiah.

The article “Christmas Prophecies” by Dianne E. Butts, lists some examples, including the star the Magi followed to Bethlehem that was predicted by the false prophet-for-hire, Balaam, way back in Numbers 24:17.

Also,  in this article, Butts says:

“According to Isaiah 9:­6-7 and 11:1, the Messiah would be a descendant of King David. This is why genealogies are so important to the Jews and why there are so many recorded in the Bible; they are tracing the bloodline from Abraham to David to Messiah.”

Now her new book Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus expands on the topic. It will take you back in time to discover many of the original prophecies. Some were written hundreds or thousands of years before they were fulfilled. Other prophecies were spoken only months or moments before they were fulfilled. Then you’ll travel forward in time to see these same prophecies fulfilled in the birth of Jesus.

You’ll discover 35 prophecies including the Virgin Birth, the Star, the birthplace of Bethlehem, and the prophecies in the angel’s message to the shepherds guarding the sheep intended for sacrifice at the Temple. You’ll learn what it meant for Mary and Joseph to “present” Jesus to the LORD at the Temple and more.

In every chapter you’ll find:

  • ˜  a “Key Verse” highlighting the prophecy;
  • ˜  where in the Bible the prophecy is found;
  • ˜  who originally wrote it;
  • ˜ when it was written, including the date if possible;
  • ˜  the context the prophecy was written in;
  • ˜  a “Prophecy Fulfilled Bible Reading” to read from your own Bible;
  • ˜  “Apply it to Your Life” questions;
  • ˜  a “Final Thought” and a ˜suggested “Prayer”, with “For more, read” Scripture verses on related topics.

This book works well for individual reading, family discussions or devotions, as well as small group study and book clubs.

Endorsements:

“… enrich your celebration not just of Christmas but of Immanuel, God with us, throughout the year.” Marlene Bagnull

“…fresh and insightful…” Kathi Macias, author of 40 books

“…warm and easy-read style…” Karen O’Connor, author

“…will give you even more reason to celebrate Jesus’s birth…”  Linda Evans Shepherd, author

“…thoroughly investigated … wonderful reading for anyone who desires to learn more about this part of the Scriptures…” Dianne Neal Matthews, Author

Bring a refreshing daily dose of the original Christmas to your family this year. Rediscover the prophecies that predict, prove, and proclaim Jesus the Christ and your future Christmases will never be the same.

Here’s a brief book trailer for Dianne’s book. The book is available in paperback and you can also download it for Kindle or Kindle for PC.

 

 

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Find God in Prophecy About Israel Blossoming

By Dianne E. Butts:

Mount Carmel, Israel (Nahal Mearot) looking west to the coastal plain. [Image: Wikimedia Commons]

In Deuteronomy 27 -30, Moses told the people of Israel that if they lived according to the good ways God instructed them to live by, they and the land would prosper, but if they forgot God by pushing Him out of their lives, the land would lay desolate.

Today we can find God in prophecy about Israel: its desolate wasteland blossoming.

When the Israelites pushed God out of their lives, He removed them from the land and the people were dispersed all over the world. The land became a nearly uninhabited, desolate wasteland—a picture of the condition of Israel’s relationship with God.

But the people of Israel began returning to the land after World War II. On May 14, 1948, Israel became a nation again after nearly two millennia. Since then, that desolate desert wasteland has begun to blossom, just as Bible prophecies predicted. Here are two examples of those predictions:

“But you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. I will increase the number of men and animals upon you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 36:8-11, NIV).

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.” Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it’” (Ezekiel 36:33-36).

Today, according to 101 Last Days Prophecies by Eternal Productions, “Israel’s increased rainfall and world renowned irrigation technology have caused the land to blossom. Incredibly… [Israel] currently exports over 1200 million dollars of fresh produce each year, including over 100 million in flowers and ornamental plants!… Amazingly, this recently regathered, often attacked, tiny nation exported over 54 billion dollars worth of goods in 2010. This was inconceivable a century ago! In contrast their neighbor, Jordan exported less than 8 billion in 2010” (p. 9-10).

Could the re-blossoming of Israel be a fulfillment of prophecy? If so, we can find God in the prophecy about Israel in the way the land has blossomed just as God said it would.

© Dianne E. Butts. Dianne’s newest book is Grandparenting through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ (Pix-N-Pens, August 2012). She also wrote  Deliver Me (CSPA “Book of the Year”  and finalist for the 2012 Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year) for those who need to be delivered from the guilt or shame of an unplanned pregnancy—whether in their present or past. www.DeliverMeBook.blogspot.com

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