When is the End of the World?

February 2, 2010   |   Category: Urgent Questions   |   Tags:

By Irvin Baxter


Fear, Skepticism and Confusion

From the fear of “the bomb” in the early 1950s, to the global warming scare today that America is dying in a sea of pollution, “the end of the world” has concerned us since we were school children. Today, we continue to live in fear of nuclear annihilation, terrorism, epidemics, droughts, famine, tsunamis and earthquakes.


Many see a connection between today’s news and the ancient “end-time” prophecies recorded in scripture. Others have become skeptical because of the failed “end of the world” prophecies of self-styled prophets. Such skepticism has been driven by educators and theologians who question the accuracy and authority of scripture. Ordinary people, who say they believe in God, are confused about the future because they don’t know what the Bible actually says.

The Final 7 Years

We’ve heard of a period of time known as “The Final 7 Years.” But does it really mean the final seven years to the end of the world? Let’s look at the prophecy.


“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27


This prophecy is more commonly known as Daniel’s 70th Week. In this passage we learn that the Confirmation of the Covenant is the event that starts this period. The Confirmation of the Covenant refers to the covenant that God made with Abraham in Genesis 15:18. This is going to establish the borders of Israel and create a sharing arrangement of the Temple Mount. As we continue reading we find that the animal sacrifices and the abomination of desolation will occur in the midst or middle of this seven year period. Jesus Christ spoke specifically about the abomination of desolation in Matthew 24:15-21 and He told us that it would be the event that would launch the Great Tribulation. The Bible tells us that the Great Tribulation is the time when Satan will pour out his wrath through the Antichrist for 42 months or three and a half years. Ultimately this leads to the Battle of Armageddon.

After the Tribulation

When we get to the end of the tribulation, which is also the end of the 70th week, one of the greatest events will take place.


“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:29-31


After the tribulation Jesus Christ is going to return to this earth. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the most awaited event of the church and it will truly be a glorious day.  However, this is still not the end of the world.

The Millennium

Revelation 20 teaches us that after the return of Jesus Christ, He and His church will rule and reign on the earth for a thousand years. The Bible teaches us that this period of time will be a time of peace and that there will not be one war throughout the entire period. We also learn in Revelation 20:2-3 that Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit for the thousand years. Living in a world without a devil is going to be a wonderful and peaceful experience.


The Great White Throne

Once the thousand years are completed, Satan is loosed from his prison. Somehow, even with Jesus ruling on the earth, Satan will manage to convince a large portion of the earth to come against God and His saints. It is at this last attack that God smites the earth with fire and devours the army. Immediately after this John sees every man being judged by God and all those whose names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life cast into the lake of fire for all eternity.


The Bible does not specifically say the world will end after the millennium but it appears that it is destroyed by fire along with humanity. Also, when we take into consideration that all enter into eternity after this point, whether it be eternal damnation or eternal life, it seems clear that nothing else takes place on the earth or that the earth is even in existence.


Now remember that there is a seven year period before the coming of the Lord and another one thousand years after He returns. So regardless of predictions that we may hear about the end of the world, we have the answer from the most reliable source of truth, the Bible.

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34 Responses to “When is the End of the World?”

  1. I have great confidence in Ervin Baxter: but I am a little confused, he made a comment on “when is the end of the world? article that he didn’t know if the earth would still be in existence. In revelation 21 vs 1 John says “i saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away

    • Doug Norvell

      We believe that the New Heaven and New Earth will be during the Millennial reign. And here is the reason why: Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
      18 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.
      19 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.
      20 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.
      21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
      22 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.
      23 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.
      24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
      25 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.

    • Hello Joshua Bates – Please consider the following, which proves it takes more than just repentance to be SAVED. Jesus told Peter in Matthew 16:19 that whatever he bound on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever he loosed on earth will be loosed in heaven, which means whatever Peter said is NOT negotiable. Jesus told all of his disciples the same thing in Matthew 18:18. Peter was asked by the people in Acts 2:37 what they needed to do to be SAVED. He responded in Acts 2:38-39,”Repent AND be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS and you shall receive the GIFT of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the PROMISE is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Peter also said in 1 Peter 3:21,”The like figure where unto even BAPTISM DOES ALSO NOW SAVE US….” Paul said in Galatians 3:27,”For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ HAVE PUT ON CHRIST.” Peter was doing exactly what Jesus said to do in Matthew 28:19,”Go therefore and teach all nations, BAPTIZING them in the name (SINGULAR name) OF the Father, and OF the Son, and OF the Holy Ghost.” Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are titles and not names. At no time did Jesus disciples ever use the words Father, Son, and Holy Ghost when they baptized any one, nor did they use those words in one sentence regarding any other topic. Peter said in Acts 4:12,”Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” Every time Jesus disciples baptized any one they said Jesus name at baptism, which is Acts 2:38, Acts 8:14-18, Acts 8:38, Acts 9:18, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 16:15, Acts 16:33, Acts 18:7, Acts 18:8, Acts 19:3-5, and Acts 22:16.
      Jesus said in John 3:3-7,”Verily, verily I say unto, Except a man be BORN AGAIN, he can not see the kingdom of God. 5 Verily, verily I say unto you, Except a man be born of water AND of the Spirit, he can not enter into the kingdom of God. 7 Marvel not that I say unto you, YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.” Being born of water is being baptized in water in Jesus name, which is for the INITIAL remission of sins and not the confessing of sins mentioned 18 Chapters after the book of Acts in 1 John 1:9. Being born of the Spirit is being baptized with the Holy Ghost, which is described in Acts 2:4 (Pentecost), Acts 8:17, Acts 9:18, Acts 10:44-48, and Acts 19:3-5.

  2. You stated the rature is At the Second Coming of the Lord, immediately after the tribulation of those days. (Matthew 24:29-31) (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4) Then when is the 1st coming? I thought the rapture was the 1st coming?

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Tracey,

      Jesus came the 1st time to redeem us through His death on the cross. Some people claim that there will be a “glorious appearing” and at this appearing is the rapture. However there is no scripture to support that view. Jesus is coming back a Second time and He told us He would be coming in the clouds and He would gather us unto Him. Jesus is the first fruits of the resurrection and when He returns we will be resurrected or changed from mortal to immortal. 1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
      23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

      • Doug Norvell

        Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

        Notice this says immediately after the Tribulation, Jesus appears and gathers us together. The same events of the Sun and Moon being darkened, hailstones, Great Shaking are all happening at the second coming as well.
        Revelation 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

  3. Carmen Black

    I wonder about the fire that covered the earth. Is it physical fire or the fire that did not consume the bush with Moses or the tongues of fire over the heads at Pentecost?
    What do we do with , “ World without end?”

  4. Can you give a “complete timeline.” Including WW3 (one third of humanity being destroyed) , the signing of the peace agreement, the last 7 years, the tribulation and Armageddon?

  5. Onkgopotse

    Hi. I know my comment/question is slightly off topic. What significance will the African continent hold in these historic times ? Will it just be a free resource supplier (like it is today) ? Will Africa ever rise & fight western imperialism & the wrath of international bankster/ gangsters ?

  6. Kristy Feagley

    During the 1000 years on Earth with Christ, will non believers have the chance to accept Christ or will it be too late to make that choice? I worry about my sceptical daughter who was saved at 8 yrs old.

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Kristy,

      The bible isn’t clear on who survives into the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ. The thing is, people who can choose to accept Jesus now, need to be born again, this is our plan of Salvation. While your daughter is here and now, she needs to repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of her sins and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. No one should try and wait to see if they can make it into the Millennium. The Bible says to “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near” Isaiah 55:6

  7. John Mungai

    There is somewhere in the bible Paul says it is a secret about the rapture,secondly we shall meet Jesus in the air a cornding to the Thesalonian .so the rapture will come before the triburlation.Also the Judgment seat of Christ which will be of the Church will take time in the air and also lamp mariage for those seven years.Then Jesus will come and land on mount olive with the saint as in the bible in

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Sam,

      I’m not sure why it isn’t mentioned as much, however we believe that scripture just as much as any other. I like to include all of this passage. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
      18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

  8. john hocknell

    when i see supposed men of god preaching today such as the old testament is no longer relevant, give monies and it will be given back to you 10 fold, whereas the book says God will supply all your needs I cringe.
    These teachings are like you giving me a novel that you thought was superb and I read only the last chapter then give it back saying that was a great book but with 10 chapters I have only a tenth of the story.
    I am a south African born again been to Jarusalem have my prayer paper in the wall and my American born wife is Jewish!
    My belief is that if people cannot see something shining out of you, you may be born again but is your name writtain in the book?
    Keep up the good work of spreading the Good News and look forward to conversing with you.

  9. As I read this page of the 7 year Tribulation I had heard the Rapture would come before the Tribulation or before the last 3 1/2 years It sounds like it saying after the Tribulation Jesus comes out of the clouds and gathers his elite. Is this the Rapture it doesn’t sound like it but maybe not. My point, I did not see the word Rapture. I’ve thought that we would go before the Tribulation or before the last 3 1/2. Just Courious

  10. Wandakate robinson

    I just wanted to add that the world will NEVER really end. It’s going to be replenished, refined and made holy and pure. Planet Earth will still be here. The New Jerusalem (in the new testament) tells us (per the Apostle John) that the new heaven and the new earth will come down from heaven. We will still be on this planet but it will all be rid of sin and strive and pollution and corruption and the works of the devil…It will then become “THE KINGDOM OF GOD”,
    SO, in effect…the world will NEVER end.

    • Satan, not satin…Satan exists to determine your loyalty to the Heavenly Father. He wants those that want Him to be in His family. His Son’s sacrifice was for our benefit because He made and loves us. Satan was not from the beginning, but was given eternal life BEFORE he went against the Father, thus Satan’s existence continues without end even after judgement, just away from us.

  11. Why does God permit satin to exist, I don’t believe it is because of free will? Also, why God sacrificed his son and yet permitted satin to continue his destruction since the beginning of time?

  12. Why do some churches believed strongly that they have the right answers to all what’s should happen and what is coming ,zalso,they think that they are doing the right things, because they are the only followers of Jehovah’s, that are going through the whole earth to pearch the word,to the people, and no other churches does that,