Christian eschatology, the study of prophecy, is a subject many Christians are interested in. Such books, like the Left Behind series and the latest series from Tim LaHaye, have fueled this growing study. And none of that even mentions the hundreds of non-fiction books written about the topic.
This rise in the study of prophecy has been good to the Christian population. However, with the rise of such books as Tim LaHaye’s series many opposing views can rise up. It is often in the areas of hottest debate that key elements get lost within a Christian’s mind and he or she begins to apply man’s ideas with God’s word.
It is in such a case that we currently find hundreds, maybe thousands, of Christians panicking about the end of the world! Some of these may believe what people have speculated about aliens, mysterious planets, etc. while others may just hold to the belief that the end of the world will happen through Christ soon.
You want to know one fascinating thing about the Bible and how it relates to the end of the world panic? That grand fact is that the Bible never predicts the end of the world! Not even a single chapter, yea, not even a verse talks of the end of the world. However, it does talk about something else that might give a non-attentive reader the idea that the Bible predicts the end of planet earth. It predicts a new earth.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
This verse may seem like it predicts the end, but, it is commonly misinterpreted. The Greek word for “new” suggests that the earth will be refreshed, to a new state, a perfect state. This verse does not predict the end, but only the beginning of eternity!
So, does Christianity predict the end of the world and should we say it does? Absolutely not on both cases. We should not preach false doctrine or believe it. God has the world under control and He will not be ending it!