by Todd Strandberg

For years I've heard prophecy teachers explain over and over again that they don't preach that the world will come to an end. I never understood why they were saying this, because I already knew the world was not going to be destroyed.

It wasn't until the internet came along that it dawned on me why prophetic ministers like Jack Van Impe, Hal Lindsey, and David Reagan were always wasting their time, in my eyes, by repeatedly telling people the earth is not going to blow up or fall into the sun someday.

After reading literally thousands of newsgroup postings by individuals that are anti-God or anti-prophecy, I realized that the unsaved all seem to have three common associations with prophecy. They are: the number 666, the person named the Antichrist, and the fact that Christians think the world is going to end someday. The first two beliefs that most nonchristians hold are true, there will be a mark given to all which will equal 666 and it will be given by a man that the Bible calls the Antichrist. However, the last belief is not true at all because this world will go on existing eternally. Someday God will purify it with fire, but it's not going to be destroyed.

The reason Satan wants men to think that the Bible foretells of a doomsday scenario for the earth is because such a scenario is one that people normally would not desire to dwell upon.

Satan is trying to hide the fact that, soon, Jesus will be coming in the air to catch up all believers and take them to heaven. You will rarely hear any mention of the rapture by the liberal media, because Satan does not want people to be ready for, or aware of, this event. If a news account is ever given on the rapture, the purpose of the story has always been to discredit the idea of a pre-trib rapture.

What men need to realize is that their life is the thing that's going to end someday. If the Lord Jesus tarries, we will all grow old and die, yet the earth will continue forever. We need to stop worrying about the possibility of ecological death and start worrying more about the possibility of spiritual death.

For the record, Revelation does talk about the earth being renewed after the 1000 year millennium. This will be a planned event, not a spontaneous one.

Here are a number of scriptures that assures us the earth will exist forever:

Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.

Ecc 1:4 One generation passes away and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth forever.

Psalm 104:5 Who laid the foundation of the earth, that it should not be removed forever.

Eph 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.