11 Jan

This commercial from Chevy cracks me up!  Please watch the commercial below and then read my comments:

How can you beat Barry Manilow for a theme song FirefoxScreenSnapz012at the end of the world?  I appreciated the fellow who spoke about his friend who didn’t “make it” — FirefoxScreenSnapz013“He drove a Ford!”

Thankfully, the Mayan calendar was wrong.  The world didn’t end; we’re still here; and God is still on His throne!  [I wonder what Harold Camping would say about this commercial?]

But — one day this world will come to an end, according to the Scriptures!  We read texts like 2 Peter 3 which says:

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

Here are several observations about the real end of the world —

1.  There will always be scoffers who mock the idea of a final day of judgment.  They were wrong during the days of Noah and they are wrong now (vv. 3-6).

2.  God delays that final judgment so that people can come to Christ through faith and repentance (vv. 8-9).

3.  The day of the Lord will come without warning, like a thief in the night.  Therefore we should be ready for that cataclysmic series of events.  How do we get ready?  Peter’s answer is that we should strive now to live holy lives! (vv. 10-13).

4.  The delay in the day of the Lord coming should bring more than laughter at car commercials with a conclusion of falling frogs!  We who know Christ should be grateful for God’s patience which means salvation for those who will believe the gospel (vv. 14-16).


1.  If you are a believer in Jesus, have you thought about using a commercial such as this one to naturally move into the question of a final day of judgment?

2.  If you knew that the end of the world were going to happen this week, what would you do differently with your life right now?


Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Day of the Lord, endtimes


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9 responses to “END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT?

  1. John

    January 12, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I am amused that this commercial ‘cracked’ you up!
    Your comments (observations) on what you know about the ‘real end of the world’ had the same effect on me.

  2. larrydixon

    January 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Wow, John! I guess because I care about you and your perspective, that seemed kind of harsh. Is it possible that “thou protesseth too much”? Larry

    • John

      January 12, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Larry, it was not meant to be harsh. I just thought it to be funny, that anyone could have an observation on what the REAL END OF THE WORLD will be. I am sure that there will be lots of people who would also think this to be funny.

  3. Dr. Larry Dixon

    January 17, 2013 at 6:31 am

    John: I’ve thought about your comments a lot. Isn’t it interesting that the Bible itself says there will be scoffers at the end of time who mock the idea of God’s finally judging the world. I’ve been studying the flood of Noah’s day (Gen. 6-7) and will probably post on that topic soon. If the Bible is right, John, and you are wrong, all of us need to get ready for the judgment of God. Doesn’t that sound reasonable to you? Blessings. Larry

    • John

      January 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Larry, I only said that I thought it was funny! But you responded with ‘If the Bible is right and I (John) am wrong’. I did not think that this was the issue.
      You are so convinced about the truthfulness of the Bible, that anyone questioning the smallest detail has to be wrong.
      You indicated that you studied the flood of Noah’s days.
      Noah’s ark was 300 qubits (137m) long, 50 qubits (23m) wide and 30 qubits( 13.7m) high.
      Just explain to me how you could within such a vessel contain all the land animals species (seven pairs of every kind of clean animals, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal) plus all the food for Noah’s clan and the food for all these animals . The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days. That is a lot of food for such a long time.
      Would you not agree with me that my doubt of the truthfulness of this is justified? Only a feeble mind would accept this story without having at least some doubt.

      Beati pauperes spiritu, quia ipsorum est regnum coelorum.
      Matth 5-3 :Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


  4. larrydixon

    January 20, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Thanks for your comments. I found some helpful material, answering your questions, at

    Apparently, the ark had a capacity of 569 modern railroad stock cars (enough to carry upwards of 50,000 animals + 5 trains of 72 cars to carry the food & baggage). The ark had plenty of space. But see the article mentioned above.


    • John

      January 21, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      The material did not answer my question and it is not helpful either to me nor to your cause. Articles like this one turns off even those who are marginally interested to find reasons why guys like you have such a strong conviction in their faith.

      You accept to easily in a ‘hearsay mode’ the result of biblical researchers without using your own organic facilities to verify the results. For example, I extract this quote from the article:

      “Most Hebrew scholars believe the cubit to have been no less than 18 inches long [45.72 centimeters]. This means that the Ark would have been at least 450 feet long [137.16 meters], 75 feet wide [22.86 meters] and 45 feet high [13.716000000000001 meters].”

      Just take a calculator and check the conversions! You will find them all to be wrong.I think the author used a biblical calculator! This is also evident by the high accuracy in their wrongness.e.g 13.716000000000001. Very impressive!

      He also converted 1,518,000 cubic feet to 462,686.4 cubic meters instead of 24892 cuM, which in turn enabled him to come up with 569 modern railroad cars.Again, observe the accuracy, down to .4 of a cubic meter .

      For your information:
      Hi Cube Box Car: 60’9″ x9’6″ x 13’1″ =7580 cu ft =124.23 cuM
      Noah’s Ark :300 x 50 x 30 qubits = 450′ x 75′ x 45′ =1,518,750 cu ft (One qubit =18″=1.5′)

      1,518,750 / 7580 ~ 200 slightly less than the 569 in your quoted numbers!!! 😦 😦

      Do I have to go on to comment on all the other ridiculous statements in the article?? I would be glad to point them out if you should care to hear them.

      Please point out any errors I made in my calculations. Some might just be roundoff errors.

      Hope to hear from you

  5. tumeyn

    January 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Try out this explanation (link below). Not all Christians believe in a worldwide flood – in fact there are a growing number of leading evangelicals including Tim Keller who do not. There are good textual reasons to think that the flood was, in fact, a regional flood – not worldwide. This does not undermine inerrancy or inspiration.

    • John

      January 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Thanks for the link.
      Biologos is written by Evangelical Christians. Evangelical means: Zealous advocacy of a cause.
      As I have a choice, I rather listen to plain good old fashioned Christians, like my parents used to be.
      The evangelical faction are too closely related to the diehard fundamentalists who follow a very narrow path in their interpretation of the Bible. Their motto is “Credo quia absurdum est.”
      However, the quoted link shows a surprising better interpretation of the genesis-flood than what one would expect to hear from these evangelists.
      Maybe there is still some common sense amongst them.


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