When is the End of the World?

February 2, 2010   |   Category: Urgent Questions   |   Tags:

By Irvin Baxter

 

Fear, Skepticism and Confusion

From the fear of “the bomb” in the early 1950s, to the global warming scare today that America is dying in a sea of pollution, “the end of the world” has concerned us since we were school children. Today, we continue to live in fear of nuclear annihilation, terrorism, epidemics, droughts, famine, tsunamis and earthquakes.

 

Many see a connection between today’s news and the ancient “end-time” prophecies recorded in scripture. Others have become skeptical because of the failed “end of the world” prophecies of self-styled prophets. Such skepticism has been driven by educators and theologians who question the accuracy and authority of scripture. Ordinary people, who say they believe in God, are confused about the future because they don’t know what the Bible actually says.

The Final 7 Years

We’ve heard of a period of time known as “The Final 7 Years.” But does it really mean the final seven years to the end of the world? Let’s look at the prophecy.

 

“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27

 

This prophecy is more commonly known as Daniel’s 70th Week. In this passage we learn that the Confirmation of the Covenant is the event that starts this period. The Confirmation of the Covenant refers to the covenant that God made with Abraham in Genesis 15:18. This is going to establish the borders of Israel and create a sharing arrangement of the Temple Mount. As we continue reading we find that the animal sacrifices and the abomination of desolation will occur in the midst or middle of this seven year period. Jesus Christ spoke specifically about the abomination of desolation in Matthew 24:15-21 and He told us that it would be the event that would launch the Great Tribulation. The Bible tells us that the Great Tribulation is the time when Satan will pour out his wrath through the Antichrist for 42 months or three and a half years. Ultimately this leads to the Battle of Armageddon.

After the Tribulation

When we get to the end of the tribulation, which is also the end of the 70th week, one of the greatest events will take place.

 

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:29-31

 

After the tribulation Jesus Christ is going to return to this earth. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the most awaited event of the church and it will truly be a glorious day.  However, this is still not the end of the world.

The Millennium

Revelation 20 teaches us that after the return of Jesus Christ, He and His church will rule and reign on the earth for a thousand years. The Bible teaches us that this period of time will be a time of peace and that there will not be one war throughout the entire period. We also learn in Revelation 20:2-3 that Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit for the thousand years. Living in a world without a devil is going to be a wonderful and peaceful experience.

 

The Great White Throne

Once the thousand years are completed, Satan is loosed from his prison. Somehow, even with Jesus ruling on the earth, Satan will manage to convince a large portion of the earth to come against God and His saints. It is at this last attack that God smites the earth with fire and devours the army. Immediately after this John sees every man being judged by God and all those whose names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life cast into the lake of fire for all eternity.

Conclusion

The Bible does not specifically say the world will end after the millennium but it appears that it is destroyed by fire along with humanity. Also, when we take into consideration that all enter into eternity after this point, whether it be eternal damnation or eternal life, it seems clear that nothing else takes place on the earth or that the earth is even in existence.

 

Now remember that there is a seven year period before the coming of the Lord and another one thousand years after He returns. So regardless of predictions that we may hear about the end of the world, we have the answer from the most reliable source of truth, the Bible.

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25 Responses to “When is the End of the World?”

  1. Carmen Black

    I wonder about the fire that covered the earth. Is it physical fire or the fire that did not consume the bush with Moses or the tongues of fire over the heads at Pentecost?
    What do we do with , “ World without end?”

  2. Can you give a “complete timeline.” Including WW3 (one third of humanity being destroyed) , the signing of the peace agreement, the last 7 years, the tribulation and Armageddon?

  3. Onkgopotse

    Hi. I know my comment/question is slightly off topic. What significance will the African continent hold in these historic times ? Will it just be a free resource supplier (like it is today) ? Will Africa ever rise & fight western imperialism & the wrath of international bankster/ gangsters ?

  4. Kristy Feagley

    During the 1000 years on Earth with Christ, will non believers have the chance to accept Christ or will it be too late to make that choice? I worry about my sceptical daughter who was saved at 8 yrs old.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Kristy,

      The bible isn’t clear on who survives into the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ. The thing is, people who can choose to accept Jesus now, need to be born again, this is our plan of Salvation. While your daughter is here and now, she needs to repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of her sins and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. No one should try and wait to see if they can make it into the Millennium. The Bible says to “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near” Isaiah 55:6

  5. John Mungai

    There is somewhere in the bible Paul says it is a secret about the rapture,secondly we shall meet Jesus in the air a cornding to the Thesalonian .so the rapture will come before the triburlation.Also the Judgment seat of Christ which will be of the Church will take time in the air and also lamp mariage for those seven years.Then Jesus will come and land on mount olive with the saint as in the bible in
    zacarias

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Sam,

      I’m not sure why it isn’t mentioned as much, however we believe that scripture just as much as any other. I like to include all of this passage. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
      18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

  6. john hocknell

    when i see supposed men of god preaching today such as the old testament is no longer relevant, give monies and it will be given back to you 10 fold, whereas the book says God will supply all your needs I cringe.
    These teachings are like you giving me a novel that you thought was superb and I read only the last chapter then give it back saying that was a great book but with 10 chapters I have only a tenth of the story.
    I am a south African born again been to Jarusalem have my prayer paper in the wall and my American born wife is Jewish!
    My belief is that if people cannot see something shining out of you, you may be born again but is your name writtain in the book?
    Keep up the good work of spreading the Good News and look forward to conversing with you.
    John

  7. As I read this page of the 7 year Tribulation I had heard the Rapture would come before the Tribulation or before the last 3 1/2 years It sounds like it saying after the Tribulation Jesus comes out of the clouds and gathers his elite. Is this the Rapture it doesn’t sound like it but maybe not. My point, I did not see the word Rapture. I’ve thought that we would go before the Tribulation or before the last 3 1/2. Just Courious

  8. Wandakate robinson

    I just wanted to add that the world will NEVER really end. It’s going to be replenished, refined and made holy and pure. Planet Earth will still be here. The New Jerusalem (in the new testament) tells us (per the Apostle John) that the new heaven and the new earth will come down from heaven. We will still be on this planet but it will all be rid of sin and strive and pollution and corruption and the works of the devil…It will then become “THE KINGDOM OF GOD”,
    SO, in effect…the world will NEVER end.

    • Satan, not satin…Satan exists to determine your loyalty to the Heavenly Father. He wants those that want Him to be in His family. His Son’s sacrifice was for our benefit because He made and loves us. Satan was not from the beginning, but was given eternal life BEFORE he went against the Father, thus Satan’s existence continues without end even after judgement, just away from us.

  9. Why does God permit satin to exist, I don’t believe it is because of free will? Also, why God sacrificed his son and yet permitted satin to continue his destruction since the beginning of time?

  10. Why do some churches believed strongly that they have the right answers to all what’s should happen and what is coming ,zalso,they think that they are doing the right things, because they are the only followers of Jehovah’s, that are going through the whole earth to pearch the word,to the people, and no other churches does that,