Many professing Christians were disappointed when claims of a “rapture” on May 21, 2011 were proved false. Afterward, some said “Oops!” and looked instead to October 21, 2011. Well, “Oops!” again! Meanwhile, “New Agers” are looking to December 21, 2012. Some see it as “Doomsday” while others expect the dawn of a new spiritual breakthrough. Of course, both views will soon be proved wrong and their followers disappointed.
From fears of “Y2K” at the turn of the century, to warnings of a so-called “Mayan Apocalypse” in 2012, the ongoing parade of “prophecies” proven false has caused many to suffer from “failed prediction fatigue”—which can play right into Satan’s hands.
Admittedly, it can be hard not to grow cynical. After all, people have declared “the end of the world” so many times—and so many dates have been proclaimed as “the Big One”—that it is easy to begin tuning it all out. Frankly, much of it should be tuned out!
For instance, even if the Maya had predicted anything significant about December 21, 2012 (they did not, by the way), there is no reason whatsoever to believe that the “New Age” hucksters now profiting from fanciful interpretations of the Mayan calendar have any more insight than your average Yorkshire Terrier regarding the future of humanity.
Similarly, the recent predictions of a “rapture” of Christians and the end of the world—some were expecting it on October 21, 2011—have been exposed as having more to do with esoteric and arbitrary mathematical assumptions than on the Bible.
Each time a failed prophecy comes and goes, we sigh. We may conclude that things will probably just continue forever as they are, or we may decide that if something really “big” were on the horizon, we would have no way of knowing about it. After all, prophecies never come true, do they?
Amazingly enough—Yes, they do! God absolutely does want us thinking about the future and listening to what true, biblical prophecy has to say about it! It is Satan the devil who allows (and sometimes directly influences) false prophets to promote lies (cf. Ezekiel 13:9) to lull a sleeping world into an increasingly deeper sleep—causing real and accurate prophetic understanding to be ignored by well-intentioned minds grown cynical.