You wrote: Will the end times as described by the Revelations be
very disastrous for the earth and all that there is in it? Christ will
be the chief Judge putting an end to Lucifer, his agents , death, and
suffering. Will the earth be lifeless?
I think many people who rely on the Bible are concerned about the end
times. I found this webpage that
lists the signs of the end times, as well as this one. There are a lot of similarities to
what we see happening in the world today. Does this mean that the "end
of the world" is coming? Should we take this prophecy literally?
It is true that Lucifer has yet to be finally judged, according to
Urantia Book teachings; his disastrous rebellion was officially ended
by Jesus at the time of his bestowal, but the results of the evil seeds
of those days are still showing up, and will continue to affect us
until all evil has been exhausted. And it will take a long time for
this to happen.
What I find encouraging about these present times is the fact that we
are also seeing a resurgence of spiritual truth - spiritual seekers are
questioning religious establishments and traditions, there's a growing
understanding of the individual's relation with God, and there is a
global awareness of the problems that we face. And - very important: we
have The Urantia Book to help guide us through these turbulent waters.
Many evil practices are being brought to light. In my view, these are
positive signs. That we see so much to do is a result of this global
communication that we now enjoy through the internet and social media
and that makes the problems more visible and immediate. At the same
time, The Urantia Book and its teachings are spreading world-wide, and
I find that a very hopeful sign, too.
We know that the Spirit of Truth is alive and well in individual
lives, and so we must just possess ourselves in patience and prayer,
practice living faith and do the best that we can in our own
lives to bring about the promised days of Light and Life where, and as
Will the earth become lifeless? Our civilization's apparent disregard
for the earth and its natural workings are causing a great deal of
problems; many think that global warming is a fact, and that it is man-
made for the most part. Whether that is true or not, the fact is that
our climate is changing very fast and is having severe effects in our
weather. Not only climate, but we see the wholesale exploitation of the
earth's resources by many who have only profit at heart; we are
drowning in plastic waste; disastrous oil spills are commonplace;
harmful chemicals pollute our soil, air, and water. And even when we
know techniques for living in better harmony with the earth, we see a
refusal to implement changes by those who hold power and who have
profit as their goal.
But again, for every instance of deliberate destruction of our world,
we see countless others deliberately trying to counteract it and change
the direction we are going. Can we rescue our earth? That is something
that we just have to pray about and watch as time goes on; in the
meantime doing all we can individually to effect a return to harmony
with nature and the natural world.
But in the event of some terrible circumstance that the earth becomes
uninhabitable, we do have the assurance that our human species will not
51:2.3 While there is this dematerializing technique
for preparing the Adams for transit from Jerusem to the evolutionary
worlds, there is no equivalent method for taking them away from such
worlds unless the entire planet is to be emptied, in which event
emergency installation of the dematerialization technique is made for
the entire salvable population. If some physical catastrophe should
doom the planetary residence of an evolving race, the Melchizedeks and
the Life Carriers would install the technique of dematerialization for
all survivors, and by seraphic transport these beings would be carried
away to the new world prepared for their continuing existence. The
evolution of a human race, once initiated on a world of space, must
proceed quite independently of the physical survival of that planet,
but during the evolutionary ages it is not otherwise intended that a
Planetary Adam or Eve shall leave their chosen world.
Let's hope that never becomes necessary...
You may want to read the section called "Post-Teacher Son Man" where we read about the
hopeful times when the era of Light and Life become a reality in our
52:7.14 No matter what the special natural history of an individual
planet may be, no difference whether a realm has been wholly loyal,
tainted with evil, or cursed by sin—no matter what the antecedents may
be—sooner or later the grace of God and the ministry of angels will
usher in the day of the advent of the Trinity Teacher Sons; and their
departure, following their final mission, will inaugurate this superb
era of light and life.
I don't think the revelators would give us this hope unless we were
capable of achieving it!
I also recommend reading this section about where we find ourselves
now: "Urantia's Post-Bestowal Age", where we
52:6.1 The bestowal Son is the Prince of Peace. He arrives with the
message, "Peace on earth and good will among men." On normal worlds
this is a dispensation of world-wide peace; the nations no more learn
war. But such salutary influences did not attend the coming of your
bestowal Son, Christ Michael. Urantia is not proceeding in the normal
order. Your world is out of step in the planetary procession. Your
Master, when on earth, warned his disciples that his advent would not
bring the usual reign of peace on Urantia. He distinctly told them that
there would be "wars and rumors of wars," and that nation would rise
against nation. At another time he said, "Think not that I have come to
bring peace upon earth."
But we also are told that the teachings of Jesus will one day rule
this very world.
It does seem eerie that there are so many supposed signs that
correspond with this Biblical prophecy, but I don't think we have to
accept that it's going to happen this way. As destructive as we humans
can be, we also have the capacity for great progress. That is one of
the great things about the revelation of The Urantia Book, which helps
us to gain a whole new, hopeful perspective on the world and our place
in it, and in the universe.
For example, we who read The Urantia Book could also see these times
as the "spiritual springtime" and not as the end of the world at all.
We humans can't help but think in terms of beginnings and endings; even
in Jesus' day, his followers and apostles asked him about these very
things. Jesus had this to say - advice that we can take to heart even
in these 21st century days:
From "Later Discussion at the Camp"
176:3.2 "Have I not all this time taught you that your connection
with the kingdom is spiritual and individual, wholly a matter of
personal experience in the spirit by the faith-realization that you are
a son of God. 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.
And in his Discourse on Sonship and Citizenship" he
assures us again:
178:1.17 Throughout the vicissitudes of life, remember always to
love one another. Do not strive with men, even with unbelievers. Show
mercy even to those who despitefully abuse you. Show yourselves to be
loyal citizens, upright artisans, praiseworthy neighbors, devoted
kinsmen, understanding parents, and sincere believers in the
brotherhood of the Father's kingdom. And my spirit shall be upon you,
now and even to the end of the world.