The world is fast approaching a time specified by the Bible in which the heavens and the earth will be destroyed by a fervent heat. Scientists today describe a similar event of great distance from the present, when the universe will fully expend all of its energy and collapse upon itself in a massive heat death in about 10100 years.[A]
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. –2 Peter 3: 10
The Bible specifies when this creation of a new heavens and earth will take place–as near the end of the one-thousand year Millennial reign of the Messiah.
Old Testament Reference: Isaiah 65:17 For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.
New Testament Fulfillment: Revelation 21:1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
The Lord will destroy all that presently exists and begin again with an entirely new universe. The beings that will dwell in this new creation, will be those who have received the Messiah’s pardon for their sins and are now dwelling in perfect and eternal bodies. We will never grow old, become sick, or die again. The presence of evil and sin will also cease to exist and every person will love the Lord and live in conformity with His perfect will.
We often think of eternity as an existence that comprises endless time. In fact, eternity is not measured by time at all. There are no days or nights. There are no events that take place, one after another. In eternity, everything has already taken place and all that is–exists–in the present tense, forever. In eternity, all the events of linear time have already taken place. Every person who loves God, is living together with Him in heaven. All those who have rejected the love of God are gathered together in their eternal place. All events described by the Bible have already taken place. It is only here on earth that we must continue to experience the balance of time which the Lord has determined for all mankind.
Peter describes the timelessness of eternity—from God’s perspective: Continue reading “The End of the Universe: Time and Eternity”
Many people mistakenly assume by the present inaction of God to judge their sins that God’s love will not allow Him to condemn them to hell.
God is the embodiment of love. He is the reason that love exists at all. He is also a God of justice and He cannot permit sin to go unpunished forever (see Prophecy 208). The Lord has appointed a time in which He will judge every thought, word, and deed of all people. Those who have placed themselves under the saving power of Jesus sacrifice will be found not guilty. Those who stubbornly refuse to submit their lives to Jesus and rest their sins squarely on His sacrifice, will bear the penalty for those sins themselves.
To bow the knee is an absolute requirement
Since the cross, where Jesus made atonement for the sins of the whole world, the forgiveness of sin and a full pardon from God for all past wrongs is available to anyone who willingly comes to God. In order to receive His forgiveness—first, the knee must bow to Jesus as Lord, then an acknowledgement is made that He is the only Savior. Bowing of the knee and the heart are two necessary fundamentals of true repentance. God will accept nothing less than the absolute surrender of the life that He is going to save. The bowing of the knee is seen as the visual evidence that the heart has been humbled and is repentant and ready to submit to Jesus’ authority. Without repentance and a submission to Jesus as Savior and Lord, there can be no forgiveness of sin or eternal life. Continue reading “How, Why, and When: The Judgement of God (Past and Future)”
Does the Genesis Chapter One account of Creation—specifically state that God created the heavens and the earth in six days?
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Verse 1, simply states: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The precise time when the original creation of the universe commenced, is not defined by this text—only that God is the source of all creation, in the beginning.
Continue reading “The Beginning of the Universe: Reconciling 6 Days with 13.7 Billion Years”
Before he was known as satan, the Lord created this anointed Cherub as Lucifer, the son of the morning. He is described as a Prince on the earth before man was created, for he is described in his fall as having weakened the nations, (in the past tense) before his fall.
Isaiah 14:12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!”
We should be clear here: Isaiah is recording the event of Lucifer’s fall—before the fall of Adam. This is confirmed by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. Continue reading “The True Age of the Universe, and the Fall of Lucifer”