Are we facing the end of the world?
The breakdown of the moral fabric of society.
Is this a world in decline and is there any hope? This blog addresses what the Bible has to say about the direction the world is heading in.
Sometimes people ask me ‘are we in the last days of this world’s history’. The truthful answer is, I don’t know. The Bible does predict that the world will end one day; but it makes clear that it will not be man who destroys it. I know that many of you will not be convinced that God designed and created the world. I believe that is the only logical explanation. The Bible says that God created everything and that He will bring this world’s history to a grand finale.
It states that  ‘Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thy hands. They shall perish, but Thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail.’ This statement teaches us a number of things :
- God created the universe
- God is eternal and will outlive this world
- While God is eternal the world is not.
These verses also hint at the fact that there will be a new universe when this one has fulfilled its purpose. Peter, Jesus’ disciple, described the incredible scenes of destruction when this world ends but in the same breath, he said that  ‘we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteouness.”
If we are all honest, we would all like to see a world of justice, fairness, kindness and peace. The Bible teaches that this will happen one day on the basis of what Jesus achieved through His death. One clear verse from the Bible states  ‘And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.’ The peace we long for is only available because the cause of sin and hatred was dealt with by Jesus’ death on the cross. God will bring peace to this world in a future day and thereafter create a new world, but in the meantime, He offers  ‘joy and peace in believing’ to those who turn and trust Him.
So are we nearing the end of the world? No one knows! The Lord Jesus taught these facts have been hidden from us –  ‘but of that day and that hour knoweth no man’. What we do discover is that the conditions and trends of the last days are described in the Bible. These lists make sobering reading as they match the moral decline, the current philisophy and the global conditions we are facing. For instance, end times will be marked by fatal epidemic diseases, famines and terrifying scenes on earth.
We need to wake up and understand the times we live in. It is vital that we get perspective and understand that we will not be here forever. It is possible to be safe and sure of the future. Jesus said  ‘I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish’.
(source : findingthemissingpeace.co.uk)