The End of the Age

So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 13:49-50

There are people who spend their lives acting in ways that do not seem to have to be accountable to God. We are not eternal and someday we will leave this world. But the world we know is not eternal either and someday its extinction will also come. After the end of the age, as Matthew 13:49-50 says, the righteous will be separated from the wicked. The fate that awaits the latter is described in this way: and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Most people cling to this world and its things. It is unlikely that we will find someone who does not fear dying or losing what they own. The natural tendency is to cling to life, family, property and the place where we live. And when things are not going well, such as health problems, domestic conflicts, natural disasters or threats of nuclear war, even atheists react by asking for prayer for God to fix things. They do not want to see the things they know and love disappear.

Although humanity unanimously agreed that the world we know is eternal, God’s plan is different and will not change it in any way. It is written that heaven and earth will pass away and the only thing that is eternal is the Holy Word of God, which will be fulfilled in the time predicted by Him. It is written in Mark 13:31, Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. Therefore, to ask God to change His mind and leaving the world like that, is to completely ignore God Himself.

In Genesis 1:1 we read, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God found that all His creation was good and can expect nothing other than that, coming from a good and perfect God. However, after the fall of our first parents with original sin, our world changed completely. Genesis 3:17 says, Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’”: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.”

The earth is cursed because of sin. That was not God’s original plan with humanity but to have an intimate and close relationship with us. A Holy God is incompatible with sin. Man not only sinned against God, but gave to the devil what God had given him, that is, the dominion over the earth. At this moment, the world we know is cursed and under the power of the wicked one. To recover God’s original design, a simple patch of this world is not enough. You have to do everything new!

Sometimes the buildings are so deteriorated that it becomes necessary to demolish them to give way to the construction of something totally new. That is just what God will do, there will be an end of the age, an end to the earth and the heavens we know. Then there will arise a new earth and new heavens where justice prevails. The Lord says that on that day the wicked will be separated from the righteous. Who are the righteous? Those who have believed in Jesus Christ have repented of their sins and accepted justification by grace through faith. The rest will remain in the group of the wicked, where we all were, and their fate will be eternal punishment. God bless you.

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