Will God allow the Sun to destroy the Earth?

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By BibleAsk Team


The idea of the sun destroying the Earth is a concept that arises from the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. This book, written by the Apostle John, describes end-time events, including cosmic disturbances. To explore whether God will allow the sun to destroy the Earth according to Revelation, we must examine key passages.

Key Passages in Revelation

The Book of Revelation contains several passages that describe cosmic disturbances and cataclysmic events associated with the end times. One such passage is found in Revelation 16:

Revelation 16:8-9 (NKJV)

Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.

This passage describes one of the bowl judgments poured out by angels during the final judgments of God upon the earth. The pouring out of the fourth bowl results in intense heat from the sun, causing great suffering and distress among humanity.

Interpretation

Normally, the sun warms humans, and controls plant growth, climate, and other natural processes necessary to maintain life. In Revelation 16, the luminary star sends forth an excess of warmth and energy that tends to torment men and to destroy life. Though men suffer directly from this great heat, its worst results are the most harsh drought and famine the world has ever experienced.

This literal plague is accompanied by a famine for God’s Word (Amos 8:11, 12). Throughout the nations, there is a zealous but vain effort to relieve the suffering and want occasioned by the first four plagues and of avoiding further plagues. This desire to know the Scriptures is not stirred by godly sorrow, but by sorrow of the world (2 Corinthians 7:9–11). The goal is to escape the pain done by the plagues, not to have a sincere relationship and reconciliation with the Creator. Accordingly, the devil convinces the duelers of this planet, not of their evil, but that they have been wrong in listening to the warnings of God’s messengers (Revelation 16:14). This plague is not universal.

God’s Sovereignty and Judgment

Central to the interpretation of cosmic disturbances in Revelation is the concept of God’s sovereignty and His role as judge of the earth. Throughout the Bible, God is depicted as the one who controls the forces of nature and who ultimately brings judgment upon the wicked.

  1. Divine Judgment: The pouring out of the bowl judgments in Revelation represents God’s righteous judgment upon the earth for its rebellion and sin. These judgments are portrayed as both a warning and a final call to repentance before the end of the age.
  2. Restoration and Renewal: Ultimately, the cosmic disturbances in Revelation serve as precursors to the establishment of God’s kingdom and the renewal of all creation. They pave the way for a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells and God’s glory is fully revealed.

The Battle Between Good and Evil

To fully grasp the meaning of the cosmic disturbances in Revelation, it is essential to understand the broader context of apocalypse in the book.

  1. Battle between Good and Evil: Revelation depicts a cosmic battle between the forces of good, represented by Christ and His followers, and the forces of evil, symbolized by Satan and his allies. The cosmic disturbances symbolize the intensification of this conflict as the end of the age draws near.
  2. Victory of Christ: Despite the chaos and turmoil described in Revelation, the book ultimately points to the victory of Christ over sin, death, and evil. The judgments poured out upon the earth serve to demonstrate Christ’s ultimate authority and power to redeem and restore creation.
  3. Hope for the Future: While Revelation contains scenes of destruction and judgment, it also offers hope for the future. The final chapters of the book describe the establishment of God’s kingdom, the defeat of evil, and the renewal of all creation. The cosmic disturbances serve as a prelude to this glorious future, signaling the imminent arrival of God’s kingdom on earth.

Will the Sun Destroy the Earth?

God will not allow the Sun to destroy the Earth in the future for the Almighty controls the destiny of this planet. All the heavenly bodies in the Universe obey the Creator (Isaiah 43:20), declare His glory (Psalms 19:1) and are subject to His commands. David the prophets tells us that nature is subject to the will of God, “In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land.” (Psalm 95:4-5, NKJV).

And Job gives the same message, “Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God. Do you know when God dispatches them, and causes the light of His cloud to shine? Do you know how the clouds are balanced, those wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge” (Job 37:14-16).

Jesus illustrated to His disciples that nature in submissive to Him when they once were caught in a deadly storm. Jesus “arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “ Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39,40, NKJV).

Unlike man, who destroys the earth because of his disobedience to God (Revelation 11:18; Isaiah 24:4-6), God loves His faithful created beings and will protect them if they walk in the path of righteousness (Psalms 33:5). But if they don’t, He will allow them to reap the consequences of their own choices.

At the end of time, God will burn this sin polluted planet with those who chose to do wickedness and evil (Revelation 11:18) and will recreate a new earth and a new heaven. “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea” (Revelation 21:1, NKJV). All the former things will pass away and fear being one of the former things will also pass away. Then, the redeemed will live in perfect Joy and eternal peace.

Conclusion

In summary, the question of whether God will allow the sun to destroy the Earth according to Revelation involves an interpretation of end time events. The cosmic disturbances described in Revelation, including the scorching of the sun, reveal divine judgment and the intensification of the conflict between good and evil as the end of the age approaches. Ultimately, Revelation points to the sovereignty of God, His role as judge of the earth, and the hope of redemption and renewal for all creation through the victory of Christ.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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