Busting Bible Myths 4 Common to many Christian denominations is the belief that the Earth is destined for destruction when God finally unleashes His judgements upon it. Those who hold that belief also usually think that they will be saved from it by being whisked away and up to heaven to live with God eternally there. It is an idea called “the Rapture”. However, the Bible says the following: “…thus says the LORD, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited…” (Isaiah 45v18, NKJV) God has a plan and a purpose with the planet that He created. It is true that He did destroy almost every living thing on it at the time of the flood, and tells us in 2 Peter 3v7 that He will bring a judgement of fire on it in the future. However, this is to purge and cleanse it in preparation for its renewal and restoration. All the way back in Genesis 12, God made promises to Abraham about inheriting “the land” – the land of Israel: a physical place here on Earth. The prophet Isaiah was given several pictures of the fulfilment of God’s plan – the time of restoration of the Earth (see Isaiah 2v1-4; Isaiah 11, Isaiah 35). It is what the Lord Jesus referred to as “the kingdom of God”, or “the kingdom of heaven”, and what he encouraged his disciples to pray for when he said “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.” (Luke 11v2) So whilst many wring their hands in despair at the state of the planet and others continue wilfully to trash it, we can in fact live in hope. God will not allow His creation to be utterly destroyed. He will intervene one day by sending back His son, the Lord Jesus, to restore it and establish His will. We can be part of this wonderful time to come if we turn to Him now. “For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the LORD, they shall inherit the earth… the meek shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” (Psalm 37v9-10) pershore.bible pershore-christadelphians.org

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