When Does the World End?

People have been trying to predict the end of the world since the first millennium. Sometimes these predictions came as a result of dire circumstances. In 1666, many people in London, England thought the world was going to end soon because nearly a quarter of Londoners had died from bubonic plague, the Great Fire of London destroyed more than 80% of the city and “666” appeared in the year.

Other end-times claims were fabricated under stranger circumstances. In 1806, the “Prophet Hen of Leeds” laid several eggs that displayed “Christ is coming,” which signaled the world would end soon. It was later discovered to be a hoax, but it made the prediction no different than all of the others. They were all false.

The Bible plainly states the world will come to an end one day. In fact, the universe has an expiration date as well. “The heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).

But how will the world end? The Bible doesn’t give specifics on how the end will come. Since the entire universe will be gone, we can assume the event will be bigger than just the earth. This would rule out man-made disasters like nuclear war, geological catastrophes like a supervolcanic eruption or global impacts like a meteor. The end will be something of a much larger scale and beyond our comprehension. Jesus’ return will bring “a new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1). There will be rejoicing over a better earth.

So when does the world end? Only God knows the future. Not only that, the future rests in His hands and He alone controls it. The end will come at a moment appointed by God. On that day, Jesus Christ will return to earth to put an end to evil and bring justice and peace.

Jesus said not to listen to the scientists, religious figures and so-called experts that predict when our world will end. He said, “No one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows” (Matthew 24:36). However, the Bible does lay out specific things that will happen before Jesus returns and we see many of those today.

There’s a more urgent question than these. Are you ready for the day you will stand before God? You may see the end, but we’re all guaranteed to see the end of this life. This you can count on and it deserves a moment to consider something else Jesus said:

“You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved” (Matthew 10:22).

Make sure you trust Jesus for your salvation and give your life to Him today.

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?