"Lift up your eyes to the sky, then look to the earth beneath; for the sky will vanish like smoke, and the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants will die in like manner; but My salvation will be forever, and My righteousness will not wane." (Isaiah 51:6)The Book of Revelation records the end of the present heavens and earth. "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea." (Revelation 21:1) There are a number of scriptures through out the Old and New Testament that describe the passing away of the present heavens and earth and God's creation of a new heavens and earth. These scriptures convince me that God is speaking of a literal destruction of this present creation. I do not believe that God is speaking figuratively but literally. One day God will destroy the present heavens and earth and those who are His will inherit a new heavens and earth created by God and without sin. "But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells." (2 Peter 3:13) This is certainly something worth waiting for!