Last night Rachelle (my wife) and I watched a documentary on televangelists Jim and Tammy Baker. I commented, “I don’t fault the Bakers for the scam they ran. I fault the Christians who donated to PTL without thinking for themselves.”
Critical thinking has disappeared. It’s gone in religion, politics, and society. I ask that you put on the cap of critical thinking as you read this post.
Don’t believe what I write without verifying it for yourself. Don’t trust what I say just because you know me, or trust me, or think I’m a smart guy. THINK FOR YOURSELF.
PREMISE: The end of this earth through climate change, an asteroid, a nuclear apocalypse, or utter destruction from the Creator will never occur.
- “You have solidly fixed the earth, that it may keep standing.”—Psalm 119:90.
- Jesus said, “Happy are the meek since they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5), a quotation from Psalm 37:29. One can’t inherit anything that’s gone.
- “For only the upright will reside in the earth, and the blameless will remain in it. As for the wicked, they will be cut off from the earth, and the treacherous will be torn away from it.” (Proverbs 2:21-22).
- “They Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth … (Matthew 6:10).
- Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth… my salvation shall be forever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.” (Isaiah 51:5-6)
N.T. Wright, the pre-eminent New Testament scholar of our day, writes: “God gave his son so that everyone who believes in him should not be lost but should share in the life of God’s new age. This new age is not a Platonic, timeless eternity…it is a time when God will utterly transform this world – that will be the age to come (heaven).
Heaven is Earth with the Curse Reversed
The harmony of Scripture is brilliant. The LORD created in Genesis 1 the earth and “man in His image” to take dominion. Man, however, rebels against the Creator, and from Genesis 2 through Revelation 19, we read the narrative of man’s rebellion. However, in Revelation 20 (the end of the Bible), God restores ON EARTH what was lost through man’s rebellion.
Heaven is the Kingdom of God taking full reign over the earth, with the “righteous” inheriting the Kingdom (i.e. eternal life on earth) and the unrighteous banished from the earth.
So… I would ask that as you think through the future (e.g. eschatology), be very careful that you don’t align yourselves with the pagans and the statists who speak of the earth being destroyed by climate change, nuclear war, or mankind.
God preserves the earth as the inheritance of those who trust Him.
You may ask, “But what about all those passages that seem to speak of ‘the end’ with ‘the moon turning dark, and the sun and the stars falling from heaven?”
Answer: Throughout mankind’s rebellion against the Creator (e.g. the history of the nations of the world), the LORD brings “an end” too proud, rebellious nations and people. He does it through the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – 1. War, 2. Famine, 3. Plagues, and 4. Death.
Nations rise and fall.
Economies come and go.
Proud people are born and die.
But the Kingdom of God is unshakeable and everlasting.
Trust the Creator and live – forever – on the earth. Trust Him, and you’ll not experience the second death, a death that occurs at the general judgment when your name is not found in the Book of Life because you’ve trusted yourself, mankind, or science rather than the King of kings, the LORD.
Think…for…yourself. Read the Scriptures. Trust the LORD and your membership in His Kingdom.