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Wordwise Insight, Issue #070
June 14, 2010

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BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Is the present earth eternal? Or will it be destroyed?

WORDWISE HYMNS: My Blog called Wordwise Hymns for you to check out!

MORE ARTICLES: Bible End Times; Pretribulationism Defended

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(Is the Present Earth Eternal?)

Future of earth. It is being debated. Recently a couple of evangelical TV preachers have been promoting the theory that the earth is eternal. That it will not be destroyed in a final fiery cataclysm, making way for a new heavens and new earth. They argue that the present earth will only be refreshed and renewed, with the evidence of the present evils removed. But let me give you a few thoughts as to why I believe this is incorrect, and that the present earth will be utterly destroyed.

1. The Bible Says So If language means anything, the traditional view (if I may call it that) is supported over and over in the Word of God. Here are some passages to consider. I have added an amplification of the meaning of some words in squared brackets, and italics are mine, for emphasis.

a) Psalm 102:25-26. "Of old You [Lord] laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish [be destroyed, vanish away]."

b) Isaiah 65:17. "For behold I create new heavens and a new earth; the former [heavens and earth] shall not be remembered or come to mind."

c)Matthew 24:35. "Heaven and earth will pass away [perish]."

d) II Peter 3:10-13. "The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise [disappear with a horrific noise], and the elements [the fundamental building blocks of which all material things are made] will melt with fervent heat [melt away in a blaze], both the earth and the works that are in it shall be burned up [consumed by fire, utterly burned up*]. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved [melt away and be destroyed], what manner...

To see the full article, click on Future of Earth.


Come and Pay Us a Visit!

In the spring I developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

A Special Feature
There is something unique about this blog that I don't believe has ever been done before. It contains what we could call a Hymn Almanac. If you want to know what happened in the history of hymn writing on any particular day, just click on the blog and you'll see!

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click Wordwise Hymns.


Here are a couple of articles related to prophecy: one that defends a consistent method of interpretation, and the other that shows why I believe a pre-Tribulation rapture of the church is what the Bible teaches.

Bible End Times

Pretribulationism Defended

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