Will God Destroy The World?
Many people today agree that the world is going to end. They just can’t agree on how. Here are some of the more popular theories as to how the world will end:
- By an asteroid in 2028.
- By global warming.
- By a nuclear war.
- And my favorite for how earth will be destroyed, by Zombies.
Did you know that Michigan State University actually has an online class entitled: “Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse”? It’s true, but all of these are just theories and they’re all wrong. Let’s stand as we read from II Peter 3:10-13 as God tells us how the world will end:
10-13 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
I find it interesting that Peter wrote in verse 1, “I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance.” The NIV Bible says, “This is my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.” It’s obvious that both translations want us to think and to remember something. Perhaps, Peter wants us to remember that one day, this world that so many people love…will end.
Peter warns us in verses 3 and 4 that there will be scoffers, doubters, those who mock, and those who don’t understand God’s Word. They will live according to their own lusts (desires) and will ask “Where is the promise of His coming?” In other words: they don’t believe God or His Word. But don’t let them bother you…because God has a plan.
Remember when Jesus ascended to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to us. It’s the Spirit’s job to convict the lost of their sin and of their need for salvation. The Bible says the Lord is “…not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) So, God’s doing His part and He expects us to do ours. We’re to share our testimony of how Jesus changed our lives so others will know there’s a real God who offers real hope.
So this ‘ticking time bomb’ called earth and then the Day of Judgment serve as reminders to the lost that one day…the party will be over. But it also reminds those Christians who have lost their focus on the Lord, that the day is coming when we will actually meet Him. So, don’t be caught napping. Jesus will come like a thief in the night and you don’t want to be caught by surprise when He shows up. So live each day as if Jesus is coming back that day!
All my life, I’ve heard teachers of prophesy talk about 7 years of this, and a 1000 years of that. They have charts and graphs and books telling us all about all the prophesies and signs of when Jesus will return. It reminds me of an actual TV commercial which went like this: “Jesus is coming soon — perhaps TOMORROW! Send $10 for a video that will explain the Second Coming of Jesus Christ! Please allow six weeks for delivery.” He might come tomorrow…but send for a video that may take 6 weeks to arrive? Really!
The Bible says, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” We should not fear death because Christ defeated death when He walked out of the tomb on resurrection morning. We should not fear the end of the world because we will join our Father in a new heaven and new earth. But we should fear that many around us will not be there.
We should feel a ‘sense of urgency’ to get our life right and be disciples of God and to speak to others about salvation. The Bible says, “…all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35) Be burdened for the lost around you because those without Christ will not enter the Kingdom of God. Peter is telling all believers to wake up, get focused on God, and be ready. Christians should never be caught off guard when Jesus returns because as he wrote we should “be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God…”
Those believers excited about Jesus’ return are the ones developing the fruit in their lives. Now, you may ask, “What fruit?” We’re told in Galatians 5:22-23, that it’s the Fruit of the Spirit, such as Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, and Goodness. These Christians are the ones:
- Who try to show LOVE to others.
- Who try to create an atmosphere of JOY.
- Who seek to promote PEACE.
- Who are PATIENT with folks who are difficult.
- Who are KIND to the folks who struggle.
- Who try to be GOOD to people in need.
- Who are FAITHFUL to God and His church.
- Who are GENTLE with those whose faith is fragile.
- And who attempt to exercise SELF-CONTROL, when it would be easier to lose control.
These folks are the ones who can look forward to the new heaven and new earth because that’s where righteousness dwells. The Fruit of the Spirit is what God’s kind of righteousness looks like. So Peter wants us to THINK about the Day of Judgment. He wants us to be READY when that Day comes. Because that will be the Day when we get to see Jesus face to face.
Charles Swindoll once worked in a machine shop with a fellow named George. It was his job to sweep and clean up. Now George was an excited Christian who sang hymns all day such as “In the Sweet By and By” and “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder.” One Friday about 10 minutes before quitting time, Swindoll asked, “George, are you ready to go?” George said, “Yep.” But he didn’t look it. He was still dirty from work. Swindoll was confused, “Man, look at you… you’re not ready. You gotta go clean up.” George smiled and said, “Let me show you something.” And he unzipped his coveralls and underneath were his clothes, neat and clean. George said, “You see, I stay ready to keep from gettin’ ready. Just like I’m ready for Jesus!”
Are you ready for Jesus?