There are some things in life that you didn't know you needed to be concerned about. For instance, as I did some online research for the sermon this Sunday, I found out that there is an official "Doomsday Clock" which is set by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Who knew? In January of 2018, they moved the clock from 2 1/2 minutes to midnight to just 2 minutes away from midnight. Midnight symbolically stands for the end of the world . . . of course.
The furthest it has ever been away from midnight is 17 minutes, after the Cold War ended. And the closest it has ever been . . . are you ready for this . . . is right now - 2 minutes to Midnight. What this means is that they think we as humans are closer to destroying ourselves in some apocalyptic event brought on by nuclear war and global climate change than we have ever been before. Well, technically, they thought we were this close back in 1953, as well, when both Russia and the U.S. were racing for nuclear weapon advancement.
By the way, it is not just scientists who think the world is going to come to a catastrophic end. God tells us, through Peter's pen that "the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
"Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!" (2 Peter 3:10-12, ESV).
But there is a major difference between the outlook of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and the Bible. Though the world will indeed come to a catastrophic end in both views, the facts of future judgment are coupled with hope in the Scriptures. This is seen in Peter's conclusion, where we read, "But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells" (2 Peter 3:13, ESV).
Every day we draw closer, not to the end of the world but to a glorious new beginning!