There it was, in black and white, right there in the distinguished journal Science, from a team of scientists who have discovered an asteroid seven-tenths of a mile wide that is headed for an apocalyptic collision with Earth. That gigantic, near-spherical boulder, officially named asteroid 1950 DA for the astronomers among us, is hurtling through space on an elliptical orbit around the sun. And it is heading right at us!
The odds of it colliding with Earth are better than any asteroid before, the scientists predict. And a collision with an asteroid of that size would be catastrophic in magnitude. It could, at the very least, wipe out a metropolitan area or devastate a coastline with tsunami-like tidal waves. Or worse, it could throw up such a huge cloud of dust that would dim the sum for years, causing a massive die-off of species.
Oh, by the way, the asteroid is scheduled to smack into our lovely planet on March 16.
Of the year 2880.
So that means we only have 868 years to get ready! Frankly, I’m not terribly concerned, because I don’t expect to be hanging around here when the fireworks start. But if you’re one to worry about those kind of things, you have plenty of time to get really worked up.
The truth is, we’ve never been closer to “the end of the world as we know it.” Whether it’s a report of a fast-approaching asteroid or the prophetic implications of the evening news from the Middle East, it’s not hard to see the handwriting on the wall. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking at the Mayan calendar–or a Chick-Fil-A calendar–it’s still easy to do the math. The end may not be near, but it’s near-erthan it’s ever been!
It may be today, or on December 21–or in 838 years–but we know, on the authority of God’s word, no less, that it’s coming soon. Or rather, He’scoming soon! The question is, are you ready for the Lord Jesus to return for His bride, the church? Will you be found “spotless, blameless and at peace with Him” when He returns? (2 Peter 3:14)
I’m praying for you, as I hope you are for me, that He is indeed preparing the way in your life, and that you are living your life on the edge of eternity to honor Him.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday.