by Hal Lindsey
Well, 2012 is here. I guess we’ll finally see what all the hype is about.
Of course, if you’re a student of Bible prophecy, you already know. It’s much ado about nothing.
Breathe easy. The Bible tells us that the world will NOT end in 2012. However, that is not to say there won’t be some substantial changes to the world as we currently know it.
From Iran to Iraq to Syria to Egypt to Europe to Russia to North Korea to the United States, Bob Dylan would observe, "The times they are a-changin’." But more than just the times, changes are coming fast and furiously to governments, economies, societies, religious communities, in fact, entire nations. Upheaval seems to be the order of the day. Uncertainty and fear its most common results.
For the last couple of years, Hollywood, along with radio talk show hosts, prognosticators, New Agers, even some in the scientific community have been obsessed with 2012. They’ve cited sources such as the Mayan calendar, Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, and others as evidence that some cataclysmic event may occur this year. At the least, it will be the dawn of a new age of understanding and enlightenment. At the worst, complete destruction of the earth.
They’ve made their fortunes and had their fun, but now it’s time to get serious. 2012 is here and we have to be ready for what may or may not really happen. How do we, as individuals and believers, do that?
As we enter what seems like ‘the twilight zone,’ I want to share with you some of my thoughts on how the believer can prepare for the unexpected events in life — what I call the Christian’s "Standard Operating Procedure." You may need it this year. Just a hint: it involves the only thing that we can give back to God as a gift that He cherishes. Understanding the power of praise in thanksgiving to God is key to a fruitful and joyful life in Christ.
Our nation faces real and present dangers — challenges we’ve not faced in decades. As I report weekly on "The Hal Lindsey Report," the threats are mounting and the odds appear to be impossible. But it’s precisely at those moments that the power of praise and gratitude to God can be our pathway to victory.
by Hal Lindsey