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 describes the origin of the earth and how it 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 not 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:

“And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” (1 John 2:17).

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

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Step 1 – God’s Purpose: Peace and Life

God loves you and wants you to experience peace and eternal life.

The Bible says:

"We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Romans 5:1

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16

"I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
John 10:10

What keeps us from having the life God planned for us?

Step 2 – The Problem: Our Separation from God

God created us in His image. He gave us a will and the freedom of choice; we choose to disobey Him and go our own way—which is called sin. This separates us from God.

The Bible says:

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Romans 3:23

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 6:23

Our choice to sin separates us from God. People have tried many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God.

The Bible says:

"There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death."
Proverbs 14:12

"But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear."
Isaiah 59:2

No bridge reaches God... except one.

Step 3 – God’s Bridge: The Cross

Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave. When He did He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between us and God.

The Bible says:

"For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus."
1 Timothy 2:5

"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God."
1 Peter 3:18

God has provided the only way back to Him. You must make a choice.

Step 4 – Our Response: Receive Christ

We must trust and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

The Bible says:

"Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."
John 1:12

"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
Romans 10:9

Which side are you on? The side with Christ or without Him?

Here is how you can accept Christ into your life:

We suggest a prayer like this one:

"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?