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What is going to bring mankind to an end?
Will environmental catastrophe do it? We seem to be making quite a mess of our planet and creating havoc with the weather. Will the earth eventually burn up in greenhouse gasses?
Or will we blow ourselves up in a huge third world war? Will the super powers drop nuclear bombs on each other and the rest of us and wipe us all out?
Will new super bugs that are resistant to antibiotics kill us all off?
If none of these succeed in wiping out the world, perhaps a huge asteroid will come hurtling to our tiny planet and bring it all to an end. These are the doomsday scenarios. The Bible’s scenario is that Christ will return in a huge cosmic event to wind up this present world and usher in the new heaven and the new earth where there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain and where God will wipe away every tear.
There are 1,500 prophecies of the end times in the Bible (many times more than the prophecies of his first coming). In other words this is a very important feature of our faith and it is a promise of God that is repeated over and over again. We can rely on it. Christ will come again. Our hope in this is rock solid.
So there is no need to despair as we watch the news of kingdom against kingdom and natural disasters.
Instead we need to heed the words of the Apostle Peter:
“What kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming” (2 Peter 3:11-12).