The day of the Lord's return will surprise us like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a loud noise, and the heat will melt the whole universe. Then the earth and everything on it will be seen for what they are. Everything will be destroyed. So you should serve and honor God by the way you live. You should look forward to the day when God judges everyone, and you should try to make it come soon. On that day the heavens will be destroyed by fire, and everything else will melt in the heat.
2 Peter 3: 10 - 12
Fire came to Gatlinburg, Tennessee! Gatlinburg is a resort town at the entrance to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Almost 50 years ago my wife and I spent our honeymoon in Gatlinburg, but now it has been devastated by fire. At this point no one knows for sure what caused the terribly destructive blaze. Was it a lightning strike, or an arsonist, or perhaps a careless camper? The origin of the fire may never be known, but the results of the blaze will last for a very long time.
Fire is coming to the heavens and will melt the earth and everything on it. There are many shades of theology about the End Times, but very few have figured in these verses in 2 Peter. According to the Bible there will be a fiery final chapter to the earth and everything on it!
Our purpose as human beings is not to stop the End of the World from coming, but it is rather to turn our hearts toward Jesus, so that we will be ready for the fire when it comes! Then we will see the New Heavens and the New Earth!
“Lord Jesus, help me to be ready for the day when I hear the loud noise and the heavens are destroyed by fire. Thank You Jesus that everyone who loves You will not be harmed when it comes. May You be praised forever. Amen.”