The oldest buildings in the world are found in Turkey, France, Italy, Scotland, Malta, England, Ireland, and Iran. All date back to at least 3,000 B.C. They are historical treasures, revealing the earliest dental procedures, burial habits, religious ceremonies of pagans, societies and more. It fires the imagination to think about what life was like for people who lived contemporary to Noah’s sons, Abraham, and perhaps Job. We can hardly fathom buildings that have stood for several thousands of years. However, they are all comparatively temporary.
Peter writes, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!” (2 Pet. 3:10-12). When Christ comes again, all the works of earth will be destroyed with fire. Such a promise is meant to motivate us to live in view of the unseen and the eternal. Specifically, Peter says such knowledge should cause us to be holy and godly, watchful and anticipating. Ancient buildings can be seen with the eyes of flesh. Future destruction must be viewed through eyes of faith. May we remember, as we live each day and build our lives, that nothing in this life is worth surrendering eternal life.