You asked: When will the world end?
A: This is a great question and one that many of us think
about now and then. Here's something to think about when thinking about the end
of the world:
115:3.17 Statics in growth can never appear in the total
cosmos since the basis for growth—the absolute actuals—is unqualified, and
since the possibilities for growth—the absolute potentials—are unlimited. From
a practical viewpoint the philosophers of the universe have come to the
conclusion that there is no such thing as an end.
From a circumscribed view there are, indeed, many ends, many terminations
of activities, but from a larger viewpoint on a higher universe level, there
are no endings, merely transitions from one phase of development to another.
The major chronicity of the master universe is concerned with the several
universe ages, the Havona, the superuniverse, and the outer universe ages. But
even these basic divisions of sequence relationships cannot be more than
relative landmarks on the unending highway of eternity.
Many of us have been taught from an early age that the end of the world is a
possibility; the Bible predicts it and religions have fostered the idea that
man in his wickedness will cause this to occur through his own actions or as a
result of Divine wrath. But is it true?
The idea of "divine wrath" is completely inconsistent with the portrayal of
the heavenly Father that we see in the life nd teachings of Jesus -
and in the revelations of the nature and character of the Father that we
read elsewhere in its pages, too.
The Urantia Book was given to us as a means of spiritual upliftment and
progress that is destined to inform us for the next thousand years. Christ
Michael of Nebadon chose our dark little world as the stage upon which to enact
the revelation of the Father, and we are told that: "Only one world in near ten
million can enjoy such a gift." Given these two facts, it seems unlikely that
our world will end any time soon.
It is true that, with the advancement of the unimaginably destructive powers
that mankind has discovered, we might have the capacity to anihillate ourselves
or irrevocably destroy the planet and its life-giving protection - still, it
seems unlikely. We are told that Urantia is "quivering on the very brink of one
of its most amazing and enthralling epochs of social readjustment, moral
quickening, and spiritual enlightenment." These possibilities do not include
total destruction, although all of these social, moral, and spiritual
advancements are certainly fraught with some amount of danger, perhaps.
But we are also told that: "A new and fuller revelation of the religion of
Jesus is destined to conquer an empire of materialistic secularism and to
overthrow a world sway of mechanistic naturalism." It is for this purpose that
we must maintain hope for a bright future. It is for this purpose that The
Urantia Book has been given to us.
In its pages, we also learn of our destiny in the future as a salvaged
planet that can achieve the stages of Light and Life. In this future stage of
our development, our world will become stabilized in preparation for joining
with all other worlds in our system. That is the plan.
It is hard to imagine that our world will ever end, although we do now
possess the capacity to make such a thing a reality; nevertheless, mankind
itself will never be eradicated. There is in place a technique for relocation
of the human race, should the physical condition of the planet be made
uninhabitable. That technique is described
And who knows? We learn in The Urantia Book that our world is not
progressing normally, due to the contributing factor s of the Lucifer
rebellion, the default of Adam and Eve, and the interrupted mission of Jesus;
nevertheless, we now have the sure antidote for all the world's ills in our
170:4.14 Remember that the order of progressive
evolution is subjected to sudden and unexpected periodical changes in both the
material and the spiritual worlds. The bestowal of Jesus as an incarnated Son
was just such a strange and unexpected event in the spiritual life of the
world. Neither make the fatal mistake, in looking for the age manifestation of
the kingdom, of failing to effect its establishment within your own souls.
We may as a planet, be subject to more "strange and unexpected" events in
our future, but if we as individuals progress in the Spirit, we ultimately have
nothing to fear. Jesus said:
176:3.2 What more shall I say? The downfall of
nations, the crash of empires, the destruction of the unbelieving Jews, the end
of an age, even the end of the world, what have these things to do with one who
believes this gospel, and who has hid his life in the surety of the eternal
kingdom? You who are God-knowing and gospel-believing have already received the
assurances of eternal life. Since your lives have been lived in the spirit and
for the Father, nothing can be of serious concern to you. Kingdom builders, the
accredited citizens of the heavenly worlds, are not to be disturbed by temporal
upheavals or perturbed by terrestrial cataclysms. What does it matter to you
who believe this gospel of the kingdom if nations overturn, the age ends, or
all things visible crash, since you know that your life is the gift of the Son,
and that it is eternally secure in the Father? Having lived the temporal life
by faith and having yielded the fruits of the spirit as the righteousness of
loving service for your fellows, you can confidently look forward to the next
step in the eternal career with the same survival faith that has carried you
through your first and earthly adventure in sonship with God.