Monday, June 11, 2012

The Last Family on Earth: the Apocalyptic survival game show!

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Surviving the apocalypse is now a game show. I am not making this up. There has been a recent worldwide spike in interest in prepping for the chosen calamity of the month. Daily, hourly, we are inundated with news and theories of the imminence of the end of the world. (Yes, I am aware of the irony in what I just wrote.)

If the end doesn't come by supervolcano eruption, it'll for sure be asteroid collision, earthquake, plague, civilization's collapse, society's collapse, US implosion, or definitely the Mayan apocalypse. It seems that every other movie released these days has an apocalyptic theme. We have been subjected to a plethora of end of the world movies just in the last couple of years, such as The Book of Eli, The Road, War of the Worlds, I Am Legend, 2012, and so on. Let's not leave out the movies about doom by plague, such as Contagion, 12 Monkeys, and Outbreak.

There have also been constant television documentaries about how the world could end, proposing real scenarios and depicting in graphic detail the doom that awaits. BBC's End Day is incredibly compelling, as is History Channel's After Armageddon.

Of the doomsday pantheon of reality television shows we recently had "Doomsday Preppers" added to the media-pushed doomsday scene. Speaking of the Doomsday Preppers show, on its homepage, we read the following:

"Which Disaster Scenario is Trending? Will it be a megaquake, economic collapse, global pandemic, a 2012 cataclysm, nuclear war, solar-flare-induced power failures, or an extreme oil crisis that leads to the unraveling of society? Using Twitter, we are mining the chatter to see what is at the forefront of the public’s collective consciousness. Find out what the masses are saying, and see which catastrophe is on top of the Doomsday Dashboard." (PS, as of this writing running ahead of the pack with 30% of the chatter, it's Nuclear War as the likeliest scenario that does humanity in.)

As a result of all this, there is a booming business in survival bunkers, an issue I wrote about in July 2010, here. In that blog essay two years ago, I mentioned the company Vivos and their bunkers, and how they were selling like hotcakes- then. Apparently the demand has grown exponentially, and no wonder, with the barrage of media messages that the world is about to end. Because Doomsday Preppers was such a success, you KNOW that television producers hot to copy the concept won't leave it alone for more than a minute. So this brings us to the point of the blog entry: a new reality game show, "The Last Family On Earth." And a Vivos bunker is the grand prize. Here is their blurb--

"Produced by Pilgrim Studios, the six-episode one-hour series will premiere on Spike TV this fall, with the finale airing just in time for the family to move into their bunker, built by Vivos, the leader in this type of structure construction, and await the world’s potential cataclysmic demise on December 21, as predicted by the Mayan calendar. The families chosen to participate come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are among the 15% of the world’s population, according to a recent Reuters poll, who believe the end of civilization is near. The competition will showcase survival techniques and provide key information that like-minded viewers may also use in preparation for doomsday. In addition to endurance and physical skills, challenges will test the contestants’ leadership abilities, integrity and character. A panel of three survivalist-expert judges, along with viewer input via social media, will help determine which family is eliminated each week. Last Family On Earth will not only focus on the Mayan interpretation of the Apocalypse; the show will help prime contestants for a wide range of annihilation scenarios, including a pandemic, global government or economic collapse, nuclear war, reactor meltdowns, solar flares, massive asteroids, lethal climactic change, a pole shift, calamitous earthquakes, and even widespread anarchy."

Wow, that's a lot of annihilation scenarios. But they forgot one. Included in the list should be a Wrathful God Pouring Out His Anger on Sinful Society.

I will flatly state that indeed, yes, there will be doomsday events that are going to happen. There will be meteors and asteroids and earthquakes and superflu and plagues and hurricanes and tsunamis and supervolcano eruptions and societal collapse. It will happen, the earth's people will die like flies. (Isaiah 51:6). All the above and more will occur within a 7-year period of ever faster unrolling and eventually overlapping events that will dizzy the surviving world. The bible's last book, Revelation, in addition to lengthy excerpts in Matthew 24, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Amos, and many other of the bible's books, predict it. The bible is 100% true. If it is predicted, it will come to pass.

Two of the reasons doomsday is predicted to occur is that according to Daniel 9:24, God is going to allow the transgression to be finished, and then He will put an end to sin.

"Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place." (Daniel 9:24)

The Hebrew word for transgression is a national, moral, or religions revolt. The Hebrew word for to put an end to is to accomplish, to complete, or to come to the full.

God is planning to remove His Bride, the born again believers that comprise the Church, (1 Cor 15:51-55; 1 Thess 4:13-18) and accompanying that removal is the removal of the Holy Spirit in His restraining ministry, (2 Thess 2:7) and then allow sin to run wild, until sin is accomplished to the full. (Dan 9:24, 2 Thess 2:3). This is known as the Tribulation, or the Time of Jacob's Trouble. The world will be completely saturated with sin, all kinds and every kind.

Sin is anything we think, say, or do that displeases God and His laws. (Mt 22:37-40). Sin is defined in the bible as transgression of the law of God (1 John 3:4) and rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7; Joshua 1:18). Left, The Temptation and fall of Eve, Artist: William Blake

There will be no place for sinners to hide. Not even a Vivos bunker.

God will punish for hubris. Pride is something that God abhors, and it is the pinnacle of pride to believe that man's cleverness in building an underground bunker will protect Him from the Creator of All things on His Day of Wrath.

It's counter-intuitive.

"and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze." (Leviticus 26:19).

We have no power. It is all given by God.

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This is the full context of the above verse: "But if you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments, if you spurn my statutes, and if your soul abhors my rules, so that you will not do all my commandments, but break my covenant, then I will do this to you: I will visit you with panic, with wasting disease and fever that consume the eyes and make the heart ache. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. I will set my face against you, and you shall be struck down before your enemies. Those who hate you shall rule over you, and you shall flee when none pursues you. And if in spite of this you will not listen to me, then I will discipline you again sevenfold for your sins, and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze." (Lev 26:14-19)

In the Leviticus chapter, God explains to His people that obedience brings manifold blessings, the glories and wonders that being in right relationship with God will deliver. But disobedience brings woes. If they are contemptuous of His warnings, if they dismiss his corrections, if they ignore His punishments, then their final days will be of terror. It is the same with the people living at the end of days. Who can stand? None. Vivos bunker or not, the only way to stand will be in Christ.

That said, let's talk about being in Christ for a moment. Who wouldn't want to be a friend to the Savior? Obedient to the Holy God who descended from glory to submit to the Father and take His wrath for us? We CAN stand, thanks to Jesus and His sacrifice. We WILL stand on the day He brings us to him, joyously singing praises. Read this. Really read it. Let its majesty soak in.

"After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

"At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God."

"Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:

“‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,’
who was, and is, and is to come.”

"Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4)

Believers will be there. We will see that. Repentance to Jesus and Godly sorrow for our sins, faith in Him as Savior and Lord is what it takes to be in right relationship with God. Please repent now, don't hide in a bunker. Stand up for Jesus by bowing your knee and inclining your heart to the One who wants to know you as friend, not come after you as His enemy.

3 comments:

  1. Perhaps we will be watching 'The Last Family On Earth' on God's big screen while we are awaiting the end? :)

    Very good and informative essay.

    ~Keep up the good work & God Bless~

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  2. I get goosebumps every time i hear about apocalypse.

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