DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: How will the world come to an end, according to the Bible? I worry about things like nuclear war, asteroids crashing into the Earth, and things like that. Is this the way the world will end? — L.T.
DEAR L.T.: The Bible doesn’t say exactly how the world will come to an end, but it does stress that someday this will happen, and when it does, the destruction will be total and absolute. The Bible says, “That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat” (2 Peter 3:12).
But the Bible says two other things that are equally important. First, it tells us that this will happen only at God’s command, and in God’s time. Wars may rage; power-hungry despots may terrorize; accidents and natural disasters may destroy, but the future is in God’s hands, and he alone will bring an end to the world.
Second, the Bible tells us that the end of the world will not be the end! God will create a new world, one that’s perfect and free from sin, sickness, death and fear. “In keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). All this is possible because of Christ’s victory over death and hell.
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Don’t live in constant fear of the future. Instead, by faith put your life and your future into Christ’s hands. He alone is our hope, and he alone is our security. The Bible says, “Neither the present nor the future … will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
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