Today I heard that the end of our galaxy is on the way. Apparently an Australian astronomer, Dr Dougal Mackey has suggested that our near neighbouring galaxy, Andromeda, which is about 2.5 million light years away from Earth, will eat up the Milky Way in about 4 billion years from now.
It seems the monster galaxy, which is growing by eating up other galaxies, is heading this way. In time our galaxy could be done for. Still fear not, it is not clear from the report that this will definitely happen in the end!
Concerning the end of things, Christians place their trust in God and what the bible says about this. We can therefore confidently say the world as we know it will come to an end but it won’t come about by accident nor by random cosmic occurrence, nor by a greedy giant galaxy sneaking up on us gradually over the next 4 billion years and chomping away at the Milky Way, until the sun refuses to shine and life on Earth becomes unsustainable.
What we read in the bible is that when God is ready He will deal with the universe as He has determined. The universes will grow old and be folded up and put away like an old garment.
Heb 1:10-12 says "You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. 11 They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; 12 Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail." NKJV
This earth we live on will perish dramatically: 2 Peter 3:10-14 says “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.
When God is ready He will do that and will make a new heaven and a new earth. John saw it all in a vision:- Rev 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
I do not know when this will occur but the signs are all around of the return of the Lord Jesus and the end of the age. I am not looking for Andromeda to gobble up the Milky Way but I am looking for Christ’s return and a new Heaven and Earth.
I was just thinking.