When Will the World End?

People have been taught that the bible says that the will end. They confuse this statement with the idea that the planet will be destroyed and all life on it.

So to understand what the “End of the World” means we need to examine what the Bible meaning of “World”.

Kosmos

In the Bible the word translated as “world” is “Kosmos” [or in English “Cosmos”] which refers to people or society not the planet. For example, Cosmos is the root of Cosmopolitan. Therefore, the early Christians understood that the “End of the World” referred to the people and society.

The Bible is specific in identifying the “world” that is coming to an end as those who have rejected God, his standards and have no desire to recognise him as the creator and rightful ruler.

The biblical example is 2 Peter 2:5 “And he did not refrain from punishing an ancient world, but kept Noah, a preacher of righteousness, safe with seven others when he brought a flood upon a world of ungodly people”

Note that he Peter uses the “world” to identify the ungodly people.

The earth was not destroyed nor did all of the animals die rather God protected his servants, Noah and his family. The Biblical account of the Flood demonstrates that it is humankind who is in line for judgement.

The Biblical Contrast

Psalm 37: 9 – 11 provides a more detailed contrast note the words of the Psalmist – “For evil men will be done away with, But those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth. ו [Waw]10 Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were, And they will not be there. 11 But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.”

In verse 29 the promise for the loyal worshippers of God “The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.”

Peace, security, honesty, loyalty and the absence of fear and harm is only achieved by removing the root cause and healing the symptoms. It will take time to repair the damage but the effect of this transformation will last forever.

What would make life worth living then?

We often hear people say “I wouldn’t want to live forever”. Ask them what day would they choose to die? Or remind them that they are not forced or coerced if they don’t want to live without:

  • Pain
  • Sickness
  • Death
  • Famine
  • War
  • Corruption
  • Crime
  • Injustice

The promise of everlasting life is for those who understand the importance of their relationship with the creator. These ones have read the prophetic words at 2 Timothy 3: 1- 5 “But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal,3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness,4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God,5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.”

They understand we are living in those times right and as it is the “last days” and it is the time that God has chosen to act however, the choice of survival is ours.

The “world” is coming to an end, individuals who don’t want to follow the standards that promote peace will be destroyed note the words in Revelation 11: 18 “But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”

Those who chose to fight against God – the nations or the world will be judged and those ruining the earth in any way will be brought to their end.

Will we choose to survive the “End of the World”? Prepare to day for survival – Study the Bible and understand that we live in the time of the end.

Enjoy Life Forever

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