by Rev. Jack Barr
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Your last message mentioned that God would destroy the Earth and rebuild the kingdom. It does not make sense why God would burn up the whole Earth, destroy everything in order to build his kingdom.
I did not say that God would destroy the Earth in order to rebuild His Kingdom. I did say that God Will Destroy THIS Earth and THIS Heaven and WILL create a New Heaven and a New Earth. For this is what the Bible tells me is going to happen. And it will happen even if you do not believe.
It makes perfect sense why God would destroy this Heaven and this Earth, for they have been contaminated with sin, and the New Heaven and the New Earth will be pure without the taint of sin. And the Bible, God's Word, does tell us that God is going to do just that.
This warning that the Earth will be shaken and destroyed is shown to us in verses such as Isaiah 2:21 shake terribly the earth, 13:13 Therefore, I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of its place, 24:1 Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof, 24:19-20 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exdeedingly. The earthy shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it, and it shall fall, and not rise again, 30:26 Moreover, the light of the moon shall be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together like a scroll; and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and like a falling fig from the fig tree, 51:6 For the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner, 65:17 For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind; Joel 2:10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble; the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining, 3:15-16 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining . . . . and the heavens and the earth shall shake; Haggai 2:6 and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land, and I will shake all nations.; Psalm 46:2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 2Samuel 22:8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.
Revelation 20:11 "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away, and there was found no place for them."
Revelation 21:1 "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."
2 Peter 3:10 "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also, and the works that are in it, shall be burned up. Seeing, then that all these things shall be dissolved, shat manner of persons ought ye to be in all Holy conversation and godliness."
God said in His Word that He IS going to Destroy this Heaven and this Earth, And Yes, it makes Perfect sense. When man tries to understand God's words with the understanding of men, then he shall fail. It is impossible to understand God's ways and Words by applying your own understanding to it. It can only be understood when God sends His Holy Spirit to give you understanding.
Matthew 13:13-15 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Mark 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Acts 28:26-27 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Reading and studying the Bible, the Scriptures for all of your lifetime does not mean that you know or understand what they are saying. An Example is given to us by Jesus in the Book of John where Nicodemus, who was a teacher of Scripture, is shown by Jesus to have had no understanding of the Word of God.
John 3:1-12 "There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?"
In Genesis God promised Noah he would never destroy all mankind on the face of the Earth as he did then. So Ask yourself, does what you tell me about destroying the earth and man make sence?
What God said is in Genesis 9:11 "And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth."
And in Genesis 9:15 ". . . . and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh."
God has promised here that He will never again destroy the Earth WITH WATER, with a flood. And this speaks ONLY of destruction by water. It does not say that He will not destroy the Earth by any other method. As we have seen in the above answers, The Earth will be totally destroyed. But it will be destroyed with FIRE, not with water.
2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
As for the people on the Earth being all destroyed, His word in Isaiah 66: 22-24 shows us that there will be people who will be moved from the old Earth to the New Earth, for it tells us that the Jewish Nation will last for all of Eternity on the New Earth. "For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain."
Rev. Jack Barr