How is the world going to come to an end? Do you think we’ll be destroyed by a meteor, like some people think, or do you think we’ll destroy ourselves — perhaps with a nuclear war or some other man-made disaster? What does the Bible say about this? — K.R.H.
The Bible clearly tells us that some day the world as we now know it will come to an end. This present universe won’t last forever; some day, “The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare” (2 Peter 3:10).
How will this happen? The Bible doesn’t tell us in detail (although it indicates that the whole universe will be destroyed, not just the earth — suggesting something far greater than a meteor or a man-made catastrophe). But this will only happen because God makes it happen! God is in control of this world (and the whole creation) — and it won’t happen one second before God causes it to happen.
But this isn’t the end of the story! God will make a new world — a perfect world that is completely free from sin and sickness and death. The Bible says, “In keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13). We can barely imagine this — but it’s true, and some day we will share in it if we know Christ.
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