“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.” – (2 Peter 3:10 ESV)
The fire of God’s love will one day burn up all the impurity on earth in a moment. Jesus’ return to the earth will be much more spectacular than some second-rate Christian movie. There is a debate between believers on how and when Jesus’ visible return to the earth will happen. But, at some future date, God is going to literally bring into existence a new Heaven and a new Earth. It’s important to remember that all of God’s present and future judgements are right and good. God’s motives are pure and holy as, “Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side.” – (Psalm 97:6-9) We can be confident in the fact that; He will ultimately remove all evil from the earth.
While world leaders and their economic, military and political unions seek to eradicate all signs of Christian influence in the west, we must remember that God will have the final say on the matter. We live in a spiritually dark culture that is filled with moral pollution with no end to the madness in sight. Our society is becoming a people who the Apostle Paul describes in Romans chapter one, as those that “…worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator…(Romans 1:25.) This is self-worship which is idolatry, and much of the western world has been given over to a “debased mind” as we allow our sin to rule us and not God. ( See Romans chapter 1)
The Scripture is clear that: “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19) In reality there are only two Kingdoms – God’s and Satan’s. Each person on earth is either a member of the Kingdom of God, with Jesus as our King, or the Kingdom of Darkness which is aligned with the prince of darkness. As the days grow darker in the western world, followers of Jesus must “count the cost” of being rejected and persecuted for the sake of truth. Those of us who name the name of Christ, must learn to stand for righteousness without being mean-spirited or obnoxious. And we must always remember; that while we are called to share and live the Gospel, only the Holy Spirit can change human hearts. Prayer and personal holiness are vital in our quest to effectively reach our culture for Christ.
Jesus is calling those who are his to total allegiance. He said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”(John 8:32.) And, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”(John 14:6)