People all over the world snickered at the pronouncement that May 21, 2011 marked the end of the world. Interesting how such an outlandish and so-called idiotic idea made international headlines. I have a sneaking suspicion that some folks, though outwardly skeptical, might have been a wee bit worried.
It’s going to happen you know. One of these days Jesus is coming back and the heavens and earth as we know it will disappear by fire, melting away in flames. Don’t take my word for it though.
II Peter 3:10-11 says, “10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. 13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.”
I’ve always found this passage terrifying and intriguing. The universe as we know it is going to melt away in flames. And, new heavens and a new earth, unlike anything we’ve ever known, filled with God’s righteousness, purity, love and goodness, will fill the burned out, blackened void. Everything that was once so bad will become untrue.
11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, 12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along” (II Peter 3:11-12).
In the now we wait and He waits. We work to scrub away the dirty, try to preserve the disintegrating, shrug off the disappointing, and search for contentment in the never-quite-perfect. It’s often in these sin-stained places He waits for us to find the beauty of the Savior – He’s in the mess of life with us and calls us to lean into, grab onto Him. He will make all things new. He forgives and washes away the sin and makes us whiter than snow.
17You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen” (II Peter 3:17-18).
Guard your heart. Hang onto Him so you won’t fall from your steadfastness. Grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus and His Gospel.
It’s not the end of the world, but it’s going to be. Stand firm.