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Is it the End of the World?

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. (Romans 8:22)

On a trip down the Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon, my guide talked quite a bit about “Mother Earth” and how “she” groans under the weight of man’s abuse of his environment.

I agree with a bit of that, although I worship Father God. In the book of Romans, Paul wrote that the whole creation is groaning under the curse of sin, and he taught that there was an end-game.

I thought of this when the killer tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri, just up the road from where I live. Even one death would have been devastating, but we are hearing about many deaths.

In the book of Isaiah, the Lord promises that one day, He will restore/remake the earth, for a final time. He promises this. I believe him.

The Harold Camping fiasco—in many people’s minds—”harmed” the teaching potential of Bible prophecy enthusiasts. I disagree.

Camping was wrong on an epic scale, and many “predicted” he would be—it was easy to see his downfall coming—but sometimes we forget that the Bible isn’t wrong.

Paul and the other apostles taught, through revelation from the Creator God, that a day was coming in which there would be no more tornadoes, and no more dead children, and no more abuse of the creation.

Because predictive prophecy in the Bible authenticates Scripture, we can be confident that that day is not only coming, but that it is near.

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