New Heavens and New Earth
I want to talk with you about the revelation that God has given me concerning the New Heavens and New Earth. This truth is meant to be an encouragement to those who are working hard for the kingdom of God. Surely Jesus is coming, and His reward is with Him.
In the book of Isaiah it is written:
“That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes. For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.”
And also in the book of 2 Peter we read:
“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
2 Peter 3:13
And finally in the book Revelation John sees:
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”
Many Christians, if you ask them where they are going after they die will say, “I am going to Heaven”. To them, heaven means that they will go to be with our Father in the realm in which He dwells. But according to the scriptures the eternal home of those who are saved is the New Heavens and the New Earth. The New Heavens and the New Earth is a second creation that God will speak into existence for those who know salvation. Consider this scripture about the bride of Christ in the book of Revelation,
“And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
Furthermore, the bride is made up of New and Old Testament believers; for the apostle Paul states that we are collectively a chaste virgin espoused (or betrothed) to Christ:
“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 11:2
Therefore, we, the called out ones, come down out of heaven into the New Heavens and New Earth. We change location. While we will be in heaven for a time and will probably have access to that realm as needed, it is not our permanent dwelling place.
Other major doctrines begin to make more sense when we realize the central role that The New Heavens and New Earth play in God’s plan. . For instance, through Adam sin entered the world, and the whole of creation was cursed and made imperfect. As it is written in book of Romans,
“Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”
I believe that the curse brought on by Adam and the subsequent destruction of the flood was not merely localized to earth but rather felt across the entire universe. Universal judgment, as a punishment for man’s antediluvian sin, is why astronomers observe such vast chaos in many corners of the cosmos. Once something is imperfect it cannot be made perfect. This creation is essentially damaged beyond repair, and God has determined that once He harvests the souls of those who believe in His son Jesus Christ He is going to completely destroy it.
As it is written in 1 Peter,
“But 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.”
1 Peter 3:10
People often refuse to believe that God would destroy this creation in favor of another one. However, someone who has limitless resources would not refurbish an old item to give as a wedding present to His bride but will have the very best newly created.
This is also why God speaks of us as a new creature,
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
It is essential that we become a new creature so that we can dwell in the New Creation. In the New Heavens and New Earth, nothing from the old Creation can exist. All that is of this creation shall be burnt up; even the souls of them that refuse to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord shall dwell in the lake of fire forever. As it is written in the book of Mark:
“And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:”
Furthermore, the New Heavens and New Earth is the very reason for the resurrection. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians,
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”
Our bodies are to be resurrected and made immortal. Have you ever wondered why God would go to the trouble of performing this miracle? It is simply because just as we need bodies to interact with this present creation so we will need bodies to interact with the new creation. Our bodies have to be made new and perfect because they will need to function in a new and perfect creation. Perhaps our immortal bodies will be like those we would have had if Adam had never fallen.
Finally, God always gets His way. Though the Devil tempted Adam and Eve to sin bringing forth corruption in this present Heavens and Earth God will simply pick up where He left off in the New Creation. Essentially, God is going to perform a reset. Our Father is about to translate those, who through faith believe in His only begotten Son, to a new paradise in the world to come. The tree of life that was withheld from us because of our unbelief will be freely given to us through our faith. As it is written:
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”
And also in the book of Revelation,
“In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
My friends, this is the joy that is set before us: to be wed to Jesus and live eternally in the presence of God as revealed through our bridegroom. As it is written,
“And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof”
Lastly, we are promised,
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9
Truly, there is nothing on this present earth, whose fashion is passing away, that is worth jeopardizing our chances of making the New Heavens and New Earth our eternal home.