What Will Happen At The End of The World?

Children and young people often ask: “What will happen at the end of the world?” The Bible is very clear. One day the world will end; it will be burned up by fire. People today just do not believe this. They think the world will go on and on for ever. The argument is something like this: things have always gone on and on the same, and they will always go on and on the same. There is nothing different. There is no sign that Jesus will ever come again, or the world ever end.

How up to date the Bible is! Peter in the last things he ever wrote (2nd Peter chapter 3) takes up this very point; he tells us that this is just what people will say (verses 3 and 4). Then he answers it – in three ways:

1. Things have NOT always gone on and on the same. What about the flood, when God drowned the world? Is it strange, then, that one day He will burn the world (verses 5-7)?

2. God is never in a hurry. He has said He will come – and He will. But with God a thousand years is just like a day. He doesn’t measure time as we do. He is not slow in keeping His promise.

3. God has a chosen people who must be saved. He will not (cannot) come till they are all brought to repentance and prepare for heaven. If Jesus had come a thousand years ago, many of His chosen would never have been born, never lived, never been called. But God is “not willing that any (of these chosen ones) should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (verse 9).

How clearly Peter answers the arguments of those who do not believe the world will ever end! Then he says, “the earth also and the works that are therein shall be buried up” (verse 10).

But what of those who do believe the world will end?

“Seeing that ye look for such things” – the end of the world – “be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (verse 14).

“Be diligent to be found of Him in peace.” One day we shall all be found of Him. Every one of us will be found by God. But not every one will be found of Him “in peace”. The only way we can be found of Him (“in peace”) is if we are found IN Him. That was Paul’s desire: “That I may win Christ, and be found in Him.”

“Without spot” – clothed in the Saviour’s righteousness, washed in His blood.

“And blameless”“He is able to present you faultless before His throne with exceeding joy.”

An old saint and a boy had spent the weekend talking about the Lord’s second coming – the end of all things. As the old man said goodbye, his words were these: “We have talked a lot about the Lord’s second coming. If we have an interest in His first coming, all will be well.”

How clear Scripture is that the Lord Jesus will come again – in power and glory, to judge the world! His coming will usher in the end of all things. The resurrection will take place, the final judgement, heaven and hell. But the great emphasis of Scripture is the need to be ready. “Prepare to meet thy God.” (Amos 4:12)

“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be” (verse 11).

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B.A. Ramsbottom

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