In The Day the Earth Stood Still the human race has mega-problems! The threat of destruction at the hands of an invading alien is imminent.

Klaatu (Keanu Reeves) has come to earth from far, far away and taken on the form of a human being. He’s taken it upon himself to serve as judge and jury in determining whether humanity deserves a second chance to get its act together and save the planet. The verdict: Humanity is hopeless. The sentence: Extermination. The irresponsible and misguided human race needs to be taken out in an effort to save the planet itself from total destruction. Should there be a stay of execution? You be the judge…

Still the end of the world as we know it is an intriguing topic. One that Christians and non-Christians alike sometimes ponder. And perhaps more so in these unsettling times. Whether it’s economic turmoil, terrorist attacks, war or global warming that grabs people’s attention and makes them wonder what’s ahead, unsettling times force people to consider where their security lies and what really matters in the end.

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Is it possible that when the end times come they will look anything like the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still? Probably not, but when they do unfold upon the earth, three things seem clear – check out these verses:

  1. When Jesus returns, He’s coming back in power and glory. At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. (Matthew 24:30-31).
  2. When the end times come, God will be the judge and jury. And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war (Revelation 19:11).
  3. Salvation comes through trusting in Jesus. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:18).

The real end of the world as we know it, will probably make the plotline playing out in The Day the Earth Stood Still seem as soft as a Fluffy, Puff Marshmallow. When Jesus comes again there will be serious stuff coming down…eternally serious stuff.

So whether you find yourself talking with your friends about The Day the Earth Stood Still or in a more general conversation about the unsettling times we’re living in, try purposefully moving the conversation toward what the Bible has to say about the end of the world as we know it. Talk about Jesus’ free gift of salvation that’s available to all. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

  • Do you think that someday there will be an end to the world as we know it?
  • What do you think it might be like?
  • If your friends have seen the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still ask them if it made them wonder about the end of the world and what it might be like.
  • Did you know the Bible has some things to say about the end of the world? If appropriate, share from Matthew 24:30-42 and Revelation 19:11-21.
  • Did you know that Jesus said that no one but God the Father knows the day or hour of Jesus’ Second Coming? (Mark 13:32-37

While the day and hour is unknown, Jesus’ return someday, somehow should motivate us to tell our friends about Jesus. Are you prepared to meet Jesus face to face? Are you clinging to His promise of salvation if we trust in Him? Are you sharing that Good News with your friends who don’t know Jesus?

Jane Dratz serves as Editor for Dare 2 Share Ministries International (D2S) in Arvada, Colorado, a ministry committed to energizing and equipping teenagers to know, live, share and own their faith in Jesus. For more information about D2S, please visit www.dare2share.org.

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