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LEARNING: History & Education | March 31, 1999



An Unpublished Letter to Los Angeles Times

Thank you for your enlightening and entertaining story on the end-of-the-millennium predictions.

Those who claim to accurately predict the end of the world fool themselves and/or others; and if they stress selfish preparations, they miss the whole point of the biblical story.

"As for the exact day or hour, no one knows it, neither the angels in heaven nor the Son, but the Father only...The Son of Man is coming at the time you least expect it." (Matthew 24, 36 & 44)

This Jesus Himself told His apostles, His friends, knowing that He would soon be put to death, by the powerful and corrupt hypocrites of His day. By promising He would return, for The Last Judgment, Jesus not only foretold an extraordinary event but more importantly touched our daily lives.

"The King will say to those on his right...'I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me. I was ill and you comforted me, in prison and you came to visit me...I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least brothers, you did it for me.'

"Then he will say to those on his left...'I assure you, as often as you neglected to do it to one of the least ones, you neglected to do it to me.' These will go off to eternal punishment and the just to eternal life." (Matthew 25, 34-46)

The Last Day, whenever it comes, will indeed be miraculous; but so is every day. "Happy that servant whom his master discovers at work on his return!" (Matthew 24, 46)

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