The May 21st People – Live Ready Well, Saturday is May 21st–supposedly the beginning of the end of the world. Am I ready? I hope so. I hope so, because that's how I'm supposed to live. I'm supposed to live ready. So are you. I suppose Christ could come on May 21st. He could come before you finish reading this post.

If that last sentence sounded like a bit of a stretch (I'll admit it did to me), then you know how much we take for granted that we're going to be here a while. I'll say this for the May 21sters…who I believe are doing great harm to Christianity right now…at least they have the Second-Coming on their mind…and, at least for a time, are living it out. While they are doing harm to Christianity with their current campaigns and will make all Christians out to be boobs to some through their antics, I actually applaud them for caring about the Second Coming.

We Christians have been here so long we often forget about the Second Coming, or we have shifted our focus on earthly things without the sense of urgency the early Christians lived with. Other than the obvious mistake of naming the date of Christ's return (Jesus said He Himself knew not the hour), the mistake some of the May 21sters are making is preparation for the Great Day by building bunkers and other things. This is a result of what I believe to be flawed eschatology that predicts a post-Rapture tribulation (a subject perhaps for another post). 

If in fact the return of Christ is a glorious event we should look forward to with eager anticipation rather than the initiation of a war and tribulation we need to bunkerize our lives for, it seems to me we would do better preparing for that day by:

  • Cultivating a life that really believes, "To live is Christ, to die is gain."
  • Share Christ with those we know wisely but urgently.
  • Remember we know not the hour, so we keep our lamps lit…seeking Christ's will for our lives and world in the mean time. We keep ourselves pure and ready.

Question: Do you think Christians still care about the Second Coming as we should? Why, or why not?


Below is a video demonstrating the surge in doomsday bunker sales…and how lavish some of these bunkers are. Unreal. 

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. “We Christians have been here so long…” this phrase stuck with me because I just minutes ago finished reading to the boys a book about dinosaurs and how they actually roamed the earth for 150 million years on their own. The book mentioned that it makes humans seem like new visitors to the earth in comparing our short time here so far. I can only speak for myself when I say that I am certain I don’t think of the Second Coming as often or as seriously as the early Christians did. There have been phases in my life where I felt more “ready” than others (as if that really matters) and there are times where I sincerely wish I knew when I’ll see the face of Christ. Noah has an unusual (for a 6 yr old) interest in death and hurrying on to heaven. He keeps me thinking about it. He yearns to be with Jesus in a way I wish I did more. I hadn’t seen this news about the 21sters so thanks for sharing. Interesting stuff!