Tonight there was a show on TV that gave science’s top ten list of how the world could potentially end. The top three possibilities given (from third to first) were gamma rays from outer space baking the earth, a bird flu pandemic and an asteroid or comet hitting earth.
Interestingly, Scripture prophesies the results of these things. 2 Peter 3:10 says, “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 in it will be laid bare.” Throughout the book of Revelation we are warned of plagues that will overtake the earth and kill large percentages of the population. And Revelation 19:21-24 prophesies “a boulder the size of a millstone” being thrown into the sea and causing widespread destruction.
The last days will be terrible, a time worse than any time the world has ever seen. But these things must happen before the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in glory. “Immediately after the distress of those days, ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ 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 24:29-31). Again, we are told, “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door (Matthew 24:32-33).
We know that this earth will pass away, but that a new heaven and earth will be created (Revelation 21:1). “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:5).
The last thing the TV program talked about was ways to save this earth, which was called our “home.” For the Christian however, this earth is not our home at all. “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 4:20).