Do you believe in the end of the world?Dec 28th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)
Do you believe in the end of the world as we know it?
tebel and oikoumenē–the globe
So when looking at scriptures that talk about the destruction of the “world”
2Pe 3:6 Whereby the world (kosmos) that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth (ghay), which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens (ouranos–specifically the Gospel [Christianity]): shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements (stoicheion–orderly in arrangement) shall melt with fervent heat, the earth (ghay) also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
The world World is also aion (Age)
Mat 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world (aion)?
So yes, society as we know it will come to an end–the planet will not. We are coming to the end of this age (the Gospel Age, the Present Evil World) and about to enter the Kingdom Age–wherein dwelleth righteousness.
The Kingdom on earth that all Christians pray for is for all of mankind. Faithful Christians will go to heaven to be with our Lord, and it is our job in the Kingdom to bring all of mankind back into harmony with God. That is why the day of Judgment is a thousand years long, it will take time to undo what Satan has done and get everyone back on track. Those that desire to accept God and His ways will get everlasting life here on the earth as the heavenly call will be closed at the end of this age.