Wednesday, January 5, 2000

The Second Coming

I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, "My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?" He replied, "Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end. Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.
(Daniel 12:8-10)

Thankfully, Y2K has come and gone. Fears over a nasty computer glitch swept the world. Many people took extra precautions to avoid a potential disaster. Holiday travel was at a low, baked beans and bottles of water were snatched from the shelves, extra money was taken out from the bank, generators were stockpiled, etc. But nothing happened. As each country successfully rang in the new millennium without any major problems, a collective sigh of relief was exhaled.

For my part, I took a number of precautions. I withdrew most of my money from the stock market in November. On the 30th, Dee and I withdrew some extra cash and loaded up on water and canned goods. Although I was concerned, deep down inside I was confident. For one, I had the peace of Christ to carry me through, and secondly the bible makes no mention of a Y2K disaster.

Was Y2K a hoax or was it a matter of diligent planning that averted disaster? We may never know. But one thing is certain: the second coming of the Lord is no hoax. The bible makes it clear the end of times will come; no one knows the day or hour, but it will come. Christ instructed us to prepare for it as you would prepare yourself if you knew a thief were about to enter your home. Unfortunately, many will ignore His warnings as the "wicked will continue to be wicked." My prayer is that no one I know and love would fall into this group, but rather be part of the wise who will be "purified, made spotless, and refined."