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Earth Burned Up?
Question: Are the “heavens” and “earth” in 2 Peter 3 literal, and will the earth be literally burned up?
The Heavens and the Earth, Old and New
Frequently people say when the views set forth herein are presented to them “Then you do not believe in a heaven.” Of course for a person to say he does not believe in a heaven is to deny the greater part of the Scriptures. That there is a place called heaven, no one who believes the Bible can doubt, and that heaven in its highest sense is God’s holy and glorious habitation is abundantly shown. “Hear thou in heaven, thy dwelling place,” says Solomon, and the prayer which our Lord taught his disciples begins with these words: “Our Father which art in heaven.” The apostle Paul speaks of God as “dwelling in light, whom no man hath seen, nor can see, whom no man can approach unto.” These testimonies show that heaven is a place, location, and can be thought of and spoken of separately from the earth and other parts of the universe. Heaven is generally spoken of from our standpoint as being up or above. The literal meaning of the word is “that which is heaved up,” that which is above, which is high. “Heaven is my throne and earth is my footstool,” it is said, in which figure of speech it is represented as above the earth. That it is a place to which persons can go and from whence they can come is clear from the fact that of Christ’s second coming it is said: “The Son of Man shall come in his glory, and all his holy angels with him.” Since the Scriptures teach that before this coming takes place, he is at the right hand of the Father in heaven, and since Peter says that God “shall send Jesus Christ, whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution,” it follows that Christ, in coming from heaven to the earth, leaves one place and comes to another. Heaven is, therefore, a reality, a real place, God’s dwelling place. For Christ to leave the earth and go to heaven he had to ascend; he was taken up into heaven before the gaze of his anxious disciples, upon which occasion the angels said: “Why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go.” Here we have him going and coming. All these and many other testimonies which might be given, go to show that heaven exists as a place, a locality.
Will The Earth Be Totally Destroyed?
2 Peter 3:11-12, Isaiah 24:1,3,19, and Revelation 21:1 are often cited as proof by those who believe that the earth will be totally destroyed and wiped of all inhabitants.