A New Heaven and New Earth
This universe will not last
forever but will come to an end at the coming of Christ. Following the initial
tribulation will be great cosmic chaos. "Immediately after the tribulation
of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be
shaken; (Matthew 24:29).
Finally, the last chapter of world
history will close with a total destruction by fire. "But the day of the
Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud
noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the
works that are upon it will be burned up" (2 Peter 3:10). A new heaven and
a new earth will then replace the former universe. This is the eternal home
that God has prepared for his people.