The blog title could appear to be an endorsement of actions that pollute our world – this is not the case. Let us stress that mankind is commanded to be responsible stewards of our environment both at a local and worldwide level. There is no excuse for polluting and plundering the world of its resources and robbing it of the majestic beauty it was created with. However, the fact remains that we cannot save it – no matter what action we take, the Bible clearly predicts worldwide environmental carnage in the end times. We should do all we can to prevent this and certainly not be either active or passive contributors to pollution – however, despite our best efforts, our world is beyond repair and it will get much worse.
So, what should we do? The answer is very simple – prepare for the world to come! We are promised a restored world with Jesus Christ as King and there are numerous Bible passages that provide hints of what this world will look like:
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:2-4)
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord. (Isaiah 65:17-25)
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6)
How can we be assured that we will partake in this new wonderful new world? By clinging on to our Lord Jesus – those who come to Him in repentance and call on His name will have prepared for the world to come. The Lord can be the only restorer of our broken and ravaged planet – after the terrible events described in Revelation and other passages, the earth will be renewed to be enjoyed by those who have called on and submitted to His name. He is the ONLY door to this new world and He welcomes anyone who acknowledges their need for Him…
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. (John 10:9)