These are grim times in which we live. We may not know how long they will last, but of one thing we are assured: they will not last forever, and they will eventually be replaced with peace, safety and good health.
When God created the earth, He had a purpose with it. Three times that purpose is proclaimed in the Bible in slightly different terms, the third passage bringing together the features of the other two.
But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD. (Numbers 14:21)
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:9)
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)
These promises are is in stark contrast to our world marred as it is by pollution, conflict, famine and disease. They may seem impossible dreams, but Scripture has several beautiful word pictures describing those days in detail...
Read Psalm 72 for news of a coming king who will reign over a world of plenty, of peace and of true justice.
Read Isaiah 35 for a promise of continuing good health of the population and restored fertility in the earth.
Read Isaiah 65:17-25 and see how Israel at last will enjoy peace and safety, and the animal kingdom will be changed in nature so that it is no longer ‘red in tooth and claw’.
Fulfilment of these promises awaits the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth, so that the words of his prayer may become reality...
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9-10)
Jesus warned of many troubles to come immediately before his return, but for those who trust his word they are not merely distressing, but also signs of hope...
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:25-28).
To be able to lift up our heads with understanding and hope we need to read God’s Word for ourselves and spend our remaining time preparing for that great day.