COLUMN: Preparing for a new heaven and earth

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By C.L. Glasscock

I have heard many people say, “The Lord is coming back to Earth,” ever since I was a little child and he hasn’t come back yet. The Bible says he is coming back and I believe it. I also believe it will not be very long. Just take a look at how sinful our country is and the rest of the whole world. Sin will be the reason he will come back.
2 Peter 3:9-14 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness, but he is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. Looking for and hasting into the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore beloved seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless.”
I believe that most of us believe God is coming back to Earth. Some may believe it may be in the very near future and some may believe it will be a long time. I do not know. All I know is that I want to be ready when it happens because I do not want to be left behind and miss this new heaven and new earth John writes about in Revelation.
Revelation 21:1-3 says, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them and they shall be his people and God himself shall be with them and be their God.’”
When writing this article, I thought a lot of people will try to hoard up all the money they can get or all the earthly possessions they can get. No matter what they get here on earth it will all be burned up and if we don’t put Jesus ahead of everything on earth, we will miss this new heaven and new earth.