As almost everyone assumed, the whole end of the world predicted by the Mayans came and went without killing us all, unless I died and didn't notice. We all joke about it and it is funny in some ways. Obviously for those of us who believe the Bible and know what Jesus said understand the end of the world cannot be predicted. Matthew 24:36 tells us only God, the Father, knows and if He didn't tell His own son He wouldn't tell the Mayans or some wacko preacher either.
That being said, there is a side to these end-of-the-world predictions that makes me sad as a Christian. Peter addresses this problem in the third chapter of his second letter. Verses 3 and 4 explain that there will be people who will mock Christians because Jesus has not returned and they laugh at those who believe He is coming back. As a Bible-believer I believe and expect that you also believe that Jesus is going to return for His bride, the church, to take her home with Him not to live here. Now here is the what saddens me about the whole list of failed prophecies about the end: It encourages and emboldens those who are already tempted to resist the gospel because it confirms for them that the end is not coming. What they fail to do as Peter says is look at the facts of history, specifically, the flood of Noah's day. I would also suggest, that while they are laughing at us because we still believe the end is coming even though we did not believe it would yesterday, they are missing a huge fact that stares us in the face every day. According to the statistics the U.S. Census Bureau and World Health Organization provide . . . this world did come to an end yesterday . . . for over 153,000 people, and it will end today for about the same number. Yes, even on Christmas day it will end for about that many as well.
These moronic failed predictions have encouraged millions to enter eternity unprepared, and will continue to do so. Don't be deceived, God is not slack concerning his promise. Jesus will return and we don't know when, so we should be prepared every day. - jp