2 Peter 3:10-11: “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.”

Planet Earth has always been subject to change, as other planets have. Planet Mars is thought to have been once habitable. Owing to change in Earth’s orbit, geological factors and fluctuations in solar output, Earth has seen a variety of ice ages. Periods of ice age are characterized by the growth and expansion of ice sheets across the Earth’s surface, which in turn has manipulated propagation or elimination of certain species. Catastrophic events further impacted Earth’s history. The most recent and arguably best-known mass extinction of animal and plant species occurred approximately 66 million years ago when 75% of all species became extinct, including dinosaurs. Most widely supported explanations of mass extinctions are major flood events, sea level falls and asteroid impacts. A large meteorite impact is associated with the mass extinction event of 66 million years ago.

The day of the Lord is a cataclysmic event predicted in several books of the Bible, also known as doomsday. Since the Earth has seen major catastrophic events before, there is no reason to believe it won’t happen again. Like a thief who breaks into our house the events will unravel unexpected. On that note, trying to figure out the exact date of doomsday brought about public criticism and a whole lot of sarcasm. The Bible expressly denotes that nobody knows the day or time.

The abuse of doomsday lies in the abuse of the scriptures endorsed by false teachers. Brimstone and hell preaching represents preachers who manipulate the crowds by pushing the fear button. Their preaching has produced either a blind following or angry rebels. Godless preaching has damaged God’s reputation probably more than godless living does. If preachers pretend to know God, then they obviously spread lies about Him, and this kind of damage is difficult to undo.

Godlessness by definition is forgetting where we came from. This sort of amnesia has consequences and the apostle Peter wrote about it in one of his letters (2 Peter 3:5-7):

“But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”

Godless living brings about destruction; so does distorting Scriptures. Forgetting that all the elements came from God will eventually turn the elements against us – because the elements don’t forget its maker. Jesus warned the people who were trying to hush the jubilant crowds on the day of His triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Luke 19:40):

“‘I tell you’, he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’”

Nature will always bear the testimony of its Maker. Stones will cry out in our stead if we don’t do it.

The children of God have the Lord’s promise that He is always with them. That’s the best promise He could have given them, especially when things are not looking so good. It is a good idea to mention that the Lord doesn’t just end things. He paves the way for a new beginning (2 Peter 3:13):

“But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.”

The Lord is famous for His patience, His belief in us and His undeterred hope. Even though the beautiful dawn of the kingdom of God happens at an undisclosed time in the future, it is rooted in today. Look around you. You can already see the kingdom of God in places where Jesus left His footprints in people’s hearts.

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