The end of the world as we know it…is coming.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.”
2 Peter 3:10
Imagine for a moment you wake up, and the day is extra bright. The sun is shining, your mood is cheerful. You take your first sip of coffee and suddenly a flash, a trumpet blast, and all you know is on fire melting at the elemental level.
This is the Bible’s picture of the last day on earth. Not only the earth but “space” or “the universe” will pass, as well as the spiritual places where God does not dwell which might be called “heaven.”
These things will all disappear in intense heat. In fact, one of the signs that this will occur is a time of unprecedented prosperity on earth. Mankind will breathe a sigh and say, ‘ahh, “peace and security…”’ The Bible finishes that picture with the words, “but then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains” (1 Thess 5:3).
These truths are frightening. The Bible acknowledges as much. It also acknowledges that much of what we value in the world seems empty and vain in light of such a fate.
Here’s the practical advice Peter gives:
Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people 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 destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation;
2 Peter 3:10-15b
The final practical wisdom is found in Christ’s rendition of this fiery blaze to come:
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” Matthew 24:35.
You must endeavor to be found in Christ who IS the word (John 1:1). Those who have no life outside of the living Word, Christ, will be preserved. We must have had our identities, lives, and wealth crucified with Christ. We have handed what we are, and what we shall be, to the Lamb of God. These are the people who “shall not be harmed by the second death” (Revelation 2:11).
Fire, blaring trumpet, destruction - these are coming.
But so is the Lamb on a cloud.