Bible and Current Events: The End and the Beginning
by By CLYNE W. BUXTON
Sep 07, 2012 | 382 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The late John Walvoord, an eminent authority on end times, spoke about leaders’ ignorance concerning biblical teaching dealing with the future.

He said, “In the modern scene, religious leaders, generally speaking, are ... blind to the things that are happening in the world that are related to the prophetic program of God.”

He continued, “Much of this is due to their unbelief and their lack of knowledge about what the Bible actually teaches.”

Walvoord also said the Rapture of the church, which is the next event, has no signs. What we are seeing in the world today, he contends, are signs of approaching events that will follow the Rapture.

A biblical scenario of the future includes the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Millennium, and the new Heaven and the new earth.

Awesome events will transpire at the end of the Millennium. Satan will be released for a short while, and thousands of people will turn to him, forming an army.

Ultimately, Satan and his forces will endeavor to defeat Christ, but they will be stopped supernaturally (see Revelation, chapter 20).

Then Satan will be destroyed, and all wicked men will be cast into hell; the myriads of sinners of all ages past will be resurrected and will stand before the White Throne of God for judgment. There they will all be condemned to the lake of fire. How could God be so heartless, some say.

However, the Bible is very clear about eternal consequences for rejecting His Son. But if we confess our sins and accept Christ as Savior, we are not doomed for hell, but have eternal life.

Afterward, God will develop the new heaven and new earth, and His redeemed will live with Him forever (Revelation, chapters 21, 22).

After being kept bound in the bottomless pit for a thousand years, Satan will be released. Immediately he will start again his devious work to trick mortal men.

However, the immortals will not be susceptible to his trickery. The Bible says (1) that he “shall go out to deceive the nations” and will gather them together for battle.

(2) The number of the people who will ally with him “is as the sand of the sea”; (3) that Satan and his allies will prepare to attack “the camp of the saints.”

(4) “Fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured” all those people who had turned to Satan.

(5) Satan will be “cast into the lake of fire” where he will be “tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:8-10).

The release of Satan is the final test which shows again the baseness of the human heart. After the 1,000-year righteous rule of Christ, some men, upon opportunity, turn from the Lord’s holiness to Satan’s deceptive way.

Although all men who go into the Millennium will be saved, their progeny, born during the Millennium, will not all accept the heart-change offered by Christ. They submit to our Lord’s “Rod of iron” rule only because they have to do so.

Further, with Satan bound, with outward sources of temptation removed, and with the fullness of the knowledge of the Lord covering the earth, unregenerate man will keep himself subdued.

But then Satan will be loosed, and the final test of the true condition of the heart will begin. Many, many mortals will yield to Satan’s temptation and join his forces (Revelation 20:8).

Just as they are poised to strike the Holy City, fire pours down “from God out of heaven,” and devours them.

With Satan and wicked men removed from the universe, God will set about to purge the earth and the atmospheric heavens from all taint of sin.

Peter tells us, “On that day the heavens will disappear with the great rushing sound, the elements will disintegrate in flames, and the earth with all that is in it will be laid bare” (2 Peter3:10).

Testifying to the new order, John wrote: “Then I saw a new sky (heaven) and a new earth; for the former sky and the former earth had passed away (vanished), and there no longer existed any sea” (Revelation 21:1).

The teaching seems to be that the earth and the surrounding atmosphere will be subjected to terrific heat, but the universe will not be completely annihilated.

True, Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away” (Matthew 24:35). However, this may be much like Paul’s statement, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

The apostle Peter reminds us, “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heart” (2 Peter 3:12).

“Dissolved,” used by Peter in the original text, is the same word which Christ used at the tomb of Lazarus when He said, “Loose him, and let him go” (John 11:44).

When nature is “dissolved,” it shall be loosed, and permitted to go into a full and new existence.

It seems the earth will not be obliterated, but changed, just as a lump of salt changes when put into water.

The earth will be purified by means of fire which will convert it into a totally new world. “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5), God has said.