I have previously talked about cyclical and linear history and how the various types of utopianism actually fell short on existing reality on our times. Current unprecedented crisis (synchronized global economic collapse) created a lot of speculation about the world will go into end. The divine revelation, some scriptural meditation, and reasoning dictated that it is actually not the case.
Of course, we have various passages in Scripture that indicated that the world will be thrown into fire, or that God will come in His glory to punish and cast all the evildoers into hell and establish reality free of evil (New Heaven and New Earth). I do not dispute any of those passages. But the thing I am questioning is that the necessity that the entire activities of our entire planet will be stopped forever and leaving only heaven as the sole place the surviving human race will be located.
I find that this belief is problematic for some reasons. Firstly, this either fell into linear regressive (things getting worse over time) or progressive history (things getting better over time), which is not the truth based on history, experience and Scripture. Even during the great apocalypse of Noah’s time (which left humanity with just eight people), God still let the earth to be repopulated. I found that the very appealing motivation for believers buying into linear history is that they are the last generation and therefore, they will not taste the death. I admitted myself that I once fell for this idea. But this is nonsense as even Noah and his family theoretically can just be lifted by God to heaven and yet God still chose to let them inhabit the earth. And also, throughout the Scripture (especially in Old Testament), the reference to the end of days/day of the Lord/judgment day and so on is always accompanied by the God’s promise to restore the people and the land to the original good state if the people repent. In another word, degradation is not permanent.
And then, people will say – if there is no need of the end of history, then why did it has a beginning? The believers assume that that Adam is created by God as first human. If there is a first human – then should not there will be the last one? This is actually a great question, but there is actually debate throughout history whether Adam is indeed the first human and many Christians in the past believed it is not…(see this). Of course, another compelling motivation to believe that is that all your pastors also said that – how can they are not? Their jobs are depending on it! When did the last time your pastor say interesting thing? I find most of my thoughts about life, ranging from sovereignty of God, free will, problem of evil, end of times, open theism, illuminati and new world order, fiat currency, feminism, usury, and existence of continuous mystical revelation until now from my own investigation. The mainstream evangelical church will hardly ever discuss any of these things (since they are divisive issues and could cause loss of faith among weak believers).
Second reason is the scriptural passage of Isaiah 45:18 said that God formed the earth to be inhabited. The belief during end of days is that the earth will be totally destroyed, no living being will survive, and God will leave it that way – it contradicts this passage. For this is also contradicting our worship for Creator God. How come we worship the creator who is finite (only creating limited number of creatures within certain limited amount of times)? if we confessed that the God is eternal, then surely what He did will continuously be performed again and again without end. And what He has created (the earth) will be intact. That is also believers should strive to fulfill the mandate of ‘fruitful and multiply’ (Genesis 1: 28).
Thirdly, because the earth is needed as a place of trial before the final destination of soul. For the heaven is the place of peace and rest and but that depends on the its inhabitants. It requires the inhabitants are continuously holy and if the new soul is created and choose the way of evil, it will make heaven not peaceful anymore. Therefore, God decreed that the new soul will be born in separate and temporary realm. Without this separate realm, you have two possibilities – either heaven is not perfect, since new evil souls will corrupt heaven, or God will make so that no new soul will be created. The last possibility is not possible if you believe Him as Eternal Creator (see second reason). The purpose for Earth as place of trial is also reason why God made the Earth as temporary (with aging, decay and death) as it limits both the amount of time for both good and the evil people to influence the world.
Fourth, if the world will be destroyed permanently eventually, I failed to find reason how do you even have the motivation to do anything other than evangelism and prayer? If everything will be destroyed eventually, why do you even develop civilization? Why study to the college? Why do you need to build cities and structures? Why do you even multiply? Everything will be destroyed eventually and hence it will demotivate us to do things in our life with excellence on this earth. We will live and work as just required but there is no motivation to do more.
Of course, everything that being said here is personal reasoning affirmed with existing divine revelation (TLIG), scriptural passage and personal contemplation. There could be some wrong details in the reasoning but in general, it is better than just blindly receiving what mainstream religion or secular academic people said to you. Time will tell if I am wrong, that this is really the end of history. Unfortunately, I will not be around to tell that…