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Isaiah 13:6-11
"Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt: And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible."

Mary Baker Eddy tells us: "The manifestations of evil, which counterfeit divine justice, are called in the Scriptures, 'The anger of the Lord.' In reality, they show the self-destruction of error or matter and point to matter's opposite, the strength and permanency of Spirit." ("Science and Health," p. 293)

Daniel 12:1-4
"...There shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end..."

The "little book" described in Revelation 10 is the same book which appeared to Ezekiel (2:3, 7-10; 3:1-4) and to Daniel (10:1, 10, 11, 14; 12:2-4, 8, 9). Daniel was instructed to seal the book "to the time of the end." Thus it is logical to understand that in a prophetic revelation pertaining to "the latter days" this book should appear. We believe the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mary Baker Eddy is this "little book."

Malachi 4:1
"Behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch."

This final chapter of the last book of the Old Testament finishes with a prophecy of the end of the world. Are these conditions being fulfilled today by global warming? An Associated Press report (6/8/98) stated: "So much research effort is going into temperature change because of the fear that Earth will warm up to such a degree that our very existence might be threatened."

Luke 17:26-30
"...As it was in the days of Noe [Noah], so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed."

Jesus compares the endtime with the days of Noah and Lot.

Luke 21:33-36
"Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."

The end of the world will come "as a snare" to "all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth." Jesus plainly foretells a collective experience.

II Peter 3:3-7
"...There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his [Christ’s Second] coming? for since the fathers [prophets] fell asleep [passed away], all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation [i.e., no Second Coming and no destruction of the world]. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth...being overflowed with water, perished [in the flood]: 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."

Peter compares the coming cataclysm to the flood of Noah's day.

II Peter 3:10
"...the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the 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 therein shall be burned up..."

The end of the world will come "as a thief in the night," that is, most people will not be expecting it.

II Peter 3:11-12
"Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation [manner of living] and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?"

How shall we live our lives, knowing the world is to be destroyed?

II Peter 3:13-14
"Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless."

Peter speaks of "new heavens" and "a new earth." They are spiritual, not material.

From Mary Baker Eddy

"I clearly foresee"
"If Christian Science is not adopted and demonstrated by the people, I clearly foresee that this planet will be dissolved." [When asked how this would occur, she replied,] "By fire, I think it is."

This privately circulated account throws light on Mrs. Eddy's view of the end of the world.

Mrs. Eddy's Warning
"...All must learn they cannot sin and escape punishment, as they think they can...Those who work out now will be saved; ...all the woes Jeremiah predicted will come to pass. God is making demands upon us..."

From "Notes on Mary Baker Eddy's Course in Divinity," p. 21. Recorded by Lida Fitzpatrick, C.S.D. and others).

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 96-97
"Before error is wholly destroyed, there will be interruptions of the general material routine. Earth will become dreary and desolate, but summer and winter, seedtime and harvest (though in changed forms), will continue unto the end,
until the final spiritualization of all things. 'The darkest hour precedes the dawn.'

"This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on the other side there will be Science and peace. The breaking up of material beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, want and woe, sin, sickness, and death, which assume new phases until their nothingness appears. These disturbances will continue until the end of error, when all discord will be swallowed up in spiritual Truth...

"As this consummation draws nearer, he who has shaped his course in accordance with divine Science will endure to the end... Those who discern Christian Science will hold crime in check. They will aid in the ejection of error. They will maintain law and order, and cheerfully await the certainty of ultimate perfection."

Mrs. Eddy clearly foretells a literal, collective experience.

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 160
"Physical science has sometimes argued that the internal fires of our earth will eventually consume this planet. Christian Science shows that hidden unpunished sin is this internal fire, — even the fire of a guilty conscience, waking to a true sense of itself, and burning in torture until the sinner is consumed, — his sins destroyed."

Mrs. Eddy related the destruction of this planet to the destruction of sin.

Science and Health, p. 83
"[Christian] Science only can explain the incredible good and evil elements now coming to the surface. Mortals must find refuge in Truth in order to escape the error of these latter days."

Mrs. Eddy confirms that these are the "latter days."

Miscellaneous Writings, p. 113
"Christian Science shows that there is a way of escape from the latter-day ultimatum of evil, through scientific truth; so that all are without excuse."

In the Bible we read, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Romans 8:1)

Science and Health, p. 446
"To understand God strengthens hope, enthrones faith in Truth, and verifies Jesus' word: 'Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."

The Christ idea is always with us, but we must demonstrate it by overcoming sin, disease, and death.

No and Yes, p. 45
"The spiritual status is urging its highest demands on mortals, and material history is drawing to a close."

Another endtime reference.

Science and Health, p. 97
"'He uttered his voice, the earth melted.' This Scripture indicates that all matter will disappear before the supremacy of Spirit. ..."

Heat is often associated with the end of the world.

Miscellaneous Writings, p. 214
"...Jesus foretold the harvest hour and the final destruction of error through this very process, — the sifting and the fire."

In Bible prophecy, fire has both a literal and a symbolic significance.

Science and Health, pp. 291-292
"No final judgment awaits mortals, for the judgment-day of wisdom comes hourly and continually, even the judgment by which mortal man is divested of all material error. As for spiritual error there is none.

"When the last mortal fault is destroyed, then the final trump will sound which will end the battle of Truth with error and mortality; 'but of that day and hour, knoweth no man.' Here prophecy pauses. Divine Science alone can compass the heights and depths of being and reveal the infinite."

Annie M. Knott writes, "Mortals have...chosen to ignore the judgment of all human thought and action by the Christ, concerning which our revered Leader says, 'No final judgment awaits mortals; for the judgment-day of wisdom comes hourly and continually, even the judgment by which mortal man is divested of all material error' ("Science and Health," p. 291). This perpetual judgment by Truth does not lessen present human responsibility, but rather increases it, for repeated transgressions of divine law are like an accumulating debt which must sometime be paid." (Editorial, "The Christian Science Journal," October, 1906)

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