Like other planets, Earth has been subject to change. In its volatile history it has gone through several ice ages; additionally our home planet has been shaped by a fair amount of global disasters. The most recent and probably best-known mass extinction of animal and plant life happened approximately 66 million years ago. 75% of all species became extinct, including dinosaurs. Most widely supported explanation of this catastrophe is a large meteorite impact.
The day of the Lord is a cataclysmic event predicted in several books of the Bible, also known as “doomsday”. Since Earth has seen major disasters before, there is no reason to believe it won’t happen again. Like a thief who breaks into our house the events will unravel unexpectedly.
On that note, it’s of no use trying to figure out the date of doomsday. 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. This kind of damage is difficult to undo.
Jesus warned the people who tried 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.’”
Stones will cry out and praise the Lord in our stead if we refuse to acknowledge Him. Ignoring that all the elements come from God turns the elements against us. Godlessness by definition is forgetting our roots. Nature on the other hand is rooted in the Lord and will always bear the testimony of its Maker – as do God’s children.
The children of God have the Lord’s promise that He is with them at all times. That’s the best promise He could have given them, especially when things are not looking so good. It is worth mentioning that God doesn’t just end things. He paves the way for a new beginning. On this note the apostle Peter wrote [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.”
Even though the dawn of God’s kingdom happens sometime in the future, it is actually entrenched in the here and now. Look around you. You can already notice the signs of His kingdom wherever Jesus left footprints in people’s hearts. When the Spirit of God moves and His will is being done – then His kingdom has already come.