“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. God will ultimately bring into existence a New Heaven and a New Earth. That fact is non-debatable among orthodox Christians. It’s important to remember that all of God’s present and future judgments are justified. 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 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 filled with moral pollution with no end to the madness in sight. The Apostle Paul describes our spiritual condition in Romans chapter one. We are 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. We are either members of the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom 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. Our calling is to share and live out the Gospel. Our job in this world is to make disciples of Jesus 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)