Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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"Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.
And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear
shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out the of the midst of the pit
shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open,
and the foundations of the earth do shake. The earth is utterly broken down,
the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage;
and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it;
and it shall fall, and not rise again."
"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
Jesus, in Matthew 24:35
From Pastor John's Old Testament class: "Lessons from Isaiah", No. 43.
It will happen. This heaven and this earth will be completely and forever destroyed – not as the poet W. H. Auden suggested, "with a whimper", but by the same word of God that created the universe. "The heavens and the earth which are now", wrote Peter, "by the same word are kept in store, reserved against the day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men. . . . But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with a fervent heat, and the earth also, and the works that are therein, shall be burned up. Seeing, then, that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be, in all holy conversation and godliness? Looking for and hastening the day of God, wherein the heavens, being on fire, shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless, we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless" (2Pet. 3:7, 10-14).