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New Heavens and a New Earth

 

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Before reading this article, please read the following Scriptures in your Bible:

2 Peter 3;

1          THIS second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

2          That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

3          Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

4          And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

5          For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

6          Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

7          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.

8          But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and athousand years as one day.

9          The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

10            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.

11        Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

12         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?

13         Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 

14         Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

15         And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

16         As also in all his epistles speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 

17         Ye therefore, beloved seeing ye know these things before beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 

18         But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 

Isaiah 65:17;

For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

Isaiah 66:22;

For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.

Isaiah 11:1-9; 

1          AND there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

2          And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

3          And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

4          But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

5          And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. 

6          The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 

7          And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

8          And the suckling child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.

9          They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 

Isaiah 2:2-5;

2          And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountain, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

3          And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

4          And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

5          O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

Micah 4:1- 4;

1          BUT in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountain, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

2          And many nations shall come - - - - - - - - - -.

3          And he shall judge - - - - - - - - -.

4          But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it. 

Hebrews 12:25-29;

25         See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

26         Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

27         And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

28         Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

29         For our God is a consuming fire.

 

The promise that there are going to be new heavens and a new earth will be found in four places in the Bible, namely:

Isaiah 65:17;

For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

Isaiah 66:22-24;

22         For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.

23         And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

24         And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

2 Peter 3:10-13;

10         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.

11         Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

12         Looking for an 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?

13         Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Revelation 21:1; 

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. 

Revelation 22:5; 

And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun for the Lord God giveth them light; and they shall reign for ever and ever. 

Three Heavens

 

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians;

“I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell: or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth); such an one caught up to the third heaven” - 

Read 2 Corinthians 12:1-4;

1          It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

2          I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

3          And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)

4          How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

The Bible therefore speaks of three heavens. 

 

According to Scriptures the three heavens can be identified as follows:

(a) The First Heaven: The atmosphere around the earth.  This contains the “air,” and is the domain in which our clouds form and from where our rain comes. 

Read:

Genesis 1:8;

And God called the firmament Heaven.  And the evening and the morning were the second day.

Psalm 77:17, 18;

17         The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.

18         The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.

Psalm 104:2-3;

2          Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

3          Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon wings of the wind:

Genesis 7:11;

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

Genesis 8:2;

The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained. 

 

(b) The Second Heaven: The domain above our atmosphere where the planets are.  In this region there is no air or any vapour at all to diffuse the light from the sun, moon and stars.  The result is pitch darkness, except for the objects in the direct line of light from the sun.  In this domain of darkness, the demons have their abode.

Read:

Genesis 15:5;

And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 

Genesis 22:17;

That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and in thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

Read: Gen. 26:4; Deut. 1:10; Isa. 13:10; Isa. 14:13 – multiply thy seed - heaven.

 

Paul writes unto the Ephesians:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rules of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies - (R.V.) (Eph. 6:12).

 

In Daniel we read how that he prayed concerning a prophecy about the return of his people to their country, the fulfilment of which had become due at that time. An angel arrived with the answer only three weeks later.  He told Daniel that God had sent him with the answer the very first day that he, Daniel, had started to pray.  But the demonic prince controlling the Kingdom of Persia from the “air” - the second heaven (see Eph. 6:12), had withstood him for 21 days.  He was released from this engagement only after the archangel Michael had come to his assistance. 

Read also Rev. 12:7-12.

7          And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

8          And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

9          And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 

10         And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

11         And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death.

12         Therefore rejoice ye heavens and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

 

This shows that the angels of God fight on behalf of the people of God, and that the angels of Satan fight on behalf of the heathen nations.  The Bible shows very clearly that in the last battle immediately before the Coming of Christ, the angels will play a very prominent part in protection and gathering of the elect of God. Read also: Matt. 13:39-43, 49; Matt. 16:27; Matt .24:31; 2 Thess. 1:7; Heb. 1:14.

Also read our study on the “Great Tribulation”.

 

(c)    The Third Heaven: Is the place where God dwells and is far above the first and the second heavens. 

 

Read again the words of Paul in 2 Cor. 12:2.

 

We read in Hebrews 4:14 concerning Jesus:

Seeing then that we have a great high priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God; let us hold fast our profession. 

The word into should read - through, and profession should read - confession.

 

Compare: Heb. 7:26; Gen. 1:1; Isa. 14:12-14; Isa. 66:1; Rev. 21:2, 10.

 

Heavens (Atmosphere and Region of Planets)

Contrasted with Heaven.

(Where God dwells)

In Matthew 3:16-17 we read;

16        And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens (Ouranoi in Greek) were opened unto him, and  he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

17        And lo a voice from heaven, (Ouranos in Greek), saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

We find these same Greek words in the account according to: Mark 1:10-11.

In other words, He saw the veil of the first and second heavens drawn apart and heard the voice of the Father coming from the third heaven.

The Greek word Ouranoi for heavens also occurs in 2 Peter 3:5,7,10,12-13; and it deals with the judgement by fire of the heavens and the earth that are now, and the creation of the new heavens (first and second) and the new earth.

In Matthew 24:29 we read;

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.

Ephesians 4:10 says;

He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.

This together with Daniel 10, Rev 12:7-12; Eph. 6:12; refers to the region above our atmosphere from whence the stars will fall, the domain of pitch darkness from where Satan and his demons wage their war against mankind.

 

Three Dispensations

The Bible contains an authentic and reliable history of the earth on which we dwell, and of its origin.  There are three main divisions or dispensations. It is sometimes translated in the Bible as “worlds”, but is actually periods, ages or dispensations. 

 

In many places in the New Testament the word “world” is translated from the Greek word “Cosmos” meaning actually world order or arrangement.  Thus we read for instance in:

Matthew 24:3;

And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 

The Revised Version translates the phase “end of the world” as “the consum-mation of the age.” The Greek word here is “Aion”, meaning age.  They never interpreted the words of Jesus as meaning that the world was going to come to an end in the sense of being destroyed completely; they correctly understood him as having foretold the end, or consummation, of the age in which they lived, and they wanted to know when it would be.

 

The time has now come for startling new truths to be revealed concerning these three “worlds” or ages or dispensations.  As we come closer and closer to the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, the arising of the Sun of Righteousness with healing in His Wings, things which before have been hidden from us, will now begin to unfold more and more.

The Three Dispensations Identified

 

The Apostle Peter gives very appropriate names to the three periods of ages, or “worlds” into which the history of the world can be subdivided:

 

(a) The First World:

“Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water perished:” - (2 Peter 3:6).

 

(b) The Second World:

“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgement and perdition of ungodly men” - (2 Peter 3:7).

 

(c) The Third World:

“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” - (2 Peter 3:13).

 

The First World

 

The period of the first world covers the time from Creation as described in Genesis until the Deluge.  This first world was totally unlike the world, as we know it today.  There was a huge ring or canopy of water around the earth. 

 

Read Genesis 1:7, 8, 10;

7          And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

8          And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

10         And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

 

This ring or canopy of water around the earth, resembled according to – (Job 37:18; (a molten looking glass).

It reflected all the direct rays of the sun back into space, and kept all the radiation of heat from the earth, down to a minimum.  This gave to the earth an even climate from the equator to the poles, creating ideal conditions for luxurious plant growth.  Man and beast therefore lived in an ideal climate - no wonder that man lived to an age of hundreds of years and some animals grew to colossal sizes.

 

The fact that there was no “rainbow” until after the Flood is proof that sun never shone directly upon the earth.  There was also no rain, upon earth, as we know it, until after the Flood; a mist watered the earth – (Genesis 2:5-6).

 

No mention is made of heat, cold, winter or summer, seedtime or harvest, until after the Flood:

“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” - (Gen. 8:22).

The first rainbow appeared on earth only after this huge girdle of water had dropped down from the skies onto the earth:

“I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth” - (Gen. 9:13).

 

As mentioned before, this even climate underneath the canopy of water, caused the luxuriant growth of plants, and that in turn favoured the development of the colossal dinosaurs with the skeletons of some up to 90 feet long. 

The food and living conditions were so ideal that man lived for centuries. 

Adam was 930 years old when he died - (Gen. 5:5),

Noah was 950 years - (Gen. 9:29),

Methuselah was 969 years - (Gen. 5:27).

After the Flood the life span of man shrunk to 120 years, and later it came down even further to 70 or 80 years – (Gen. 6:3; Psalm 90:10).

 

That first world, the world than then was, also had no great oceans.  The latter came into existence as the result of the Flood, when the watery ring around the earth plunged down, and flooded the earth.  After the flood, just enough water evaporated back into the air to make the mountain ranges of the world that then was, appear.  These mountain ranges are our continents, as we know them today in the world, which is now.  The remainder of the water, which did not go back to its place above the firmament, comprises our great oceans, which cover 71% the total face of the earth. 

Read again 2 Peter 3:5-6;

5          For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

6          Whereby the world that then was (the first world), being overflowed with water, perished.

 

Scientists think that the tremendous weight of water falling upon the earth in such a short time (40 days and 40 nights - Genesis 7:12) tilted the axis of the earth.  It is this “skewness” of the earth’s axis in relation to the sun that brings the seasons about.  The canopy of water must have been in an icy state, being so high.  That is why at the Poles, some animals were found not many years ago, with their meat in such a perfect state of preservation that the explorers were able to roast some of it over the fire.  In their stomachs were found the remains of tropical plants.

First world of short duration

The first dispensation was of short duration and lasted only for a little more than 1600 years.  The inhabitants were all concentrated in the land Eden.  This means “pleasant valley”.  The Garden of Eden was situated in the east of this valley.  The people of before the Flood all lived in this valley and had not discovered the rest of the world.  Read Genesis 2:8.

Where exactly was this valley situated? By examining the course of the four rivers that flowed through this valley we will be able to determine its locality.

Read Genesis 2:10-14;

10         And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. 

11         The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

12         And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. 

13         And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.

14         And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth towards the east of Assyria.  And the fourth river is Euphrates.

 

Before we begin to trace the courses of these four rivers carefully on a map of Bible Lands, we must remember that the Flood, according to calculation, had raised the level of the existing seas by 3 miles!  All the valleys and many of the cities and their surrounding countryside were flooded and are at present under the sea.  Thus for example were the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, valleys and portions of the riverbeds of these above-mentioned rivers, before the Flood. 

 

The Red Sea was of course the riverbed of the River Gihon, which compasseth (flows around) the whole land of Ethiopia (Cush). 

The Pison, again flowed around (compassed) the whole land of Havilah, that is Arabia. 

The Hiddekel is the River Tigris and the Euphrates still has the same name today - they both flow into the Persian Gulf.

 

When we carefully follow the contours of Arabia and the horn of Africa around Ethiopia, we will see that all four these rivers must have emptied into the sea more or less at a place where the Persian Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean come together.  The Garden of Eden therefore most likely lies underneath the water at a place marked on our map as the Strate of Hormuz (or Ormuz). 

 

This is the cradle of the Human Race.  The fertile valleys bordered by the Tigris and Euphrates are still considered to be the cradle of our civilisation.  This is the world that then was - (2 Peter 3:6), the first world, that was overflowed with water and perished.  Many still think today that the story of the lost city Atlantis dates from this period. 

These first people in this pleasant valley - (Eden) lived under such easy and ideal conditions that they soon became corrupt and extremely sinful.  God had to judge them and sent the Flood.

Read Genesis 6:5; to Genesis 9.

 

The Second World

Noah’s new earth

The Flood lifted Noah and his family and all the animals that were with him in the Ark out of that first world where they lived in the pleasant valley - (Eden) and deposited them in, to them, a new world.  Mount Ararat on which the Ark came to rest eventually, is 16,946 feet high. 

This new earth of Noah is the earth in which we now live.  The world that then was before the Flood, in which Noah was born, was very different. 

The day that Noah stepped out of the Ark and put his feet on dry ground once again, he looked up into a sky that he had never seen before.  To him, it was a “new heaven”.  Gone was the girdle of water which had surrounded the earth, and now the sun, moon and stars were clearly visible for the first time.  Now a “rainbow” appeared in the skies when it rained, a beautiful phenomenon which they had never seen before, it was new!

The climate was different.  Now all of a sudden there was summer and winter, heat and cold, seedtime and harvest.  The even climate was gone!  There was wind and storm and lashing rain.  The sun often beat down upon them from a  brazen sky with relentless heat.  In winter the ground was covered with frost, or snow or sleet.  Man, animals and plants were now openly exposed to the cosmic rays from space. 

 

On the earth it was also different.  The vegetation had changed, the animals were no longer the same, 71% of the surface of the earth was now under water.  All the valleys had been flooded.  From now on man had to live on the mountain ranges and plateaux (tablelands) of the world that then was (the first world) areas of the world that the people, who lived before the Flood, had not even dreamed of. 

These plateaux in the course of time became known as the five continents of the world, namely: Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Australia.  Everything, living conditions, the air, farming methods, everything was different!  To them it was a New Earth.  (Did they not when they discovered America, call it the New World? And that cannot even remotely be compared with that Noah found after the Flood).

To Noah and his family, the only human survivors of the Flood, it was indeed New Heavens and a New Earth!  And that is our present heavens and earth as we have them today, “the heavens and the earth which are now” - (2 Peter 3:7).  We say again: For the first time Noah and his family had to endure heat and cold, storms, hail and snow. 

Read Genesis 9:12-17.

 

These plateaux (table lands) on which we now live are at the coast 3 miles above the fertile valleys of the world that then was, now at the bottom of our great oceans.  What does not lie hidden underneath?  We have never seen it before.  Say those waters are one day again removed and those areas lay bare, will it not be a New Earth to us?

Noah and his descendants had to fight a hard battle for survival from now on.  The life span shrunk very rapidly from almost 1,000 years to a mere 70 or 80 years.  Even in our modern world with all its scientific knowledge, our chemical fertilisers, machinery, air-conditioned buildings, and so on, life cannot be prolonged. 

The words of Job are only too true:

“MAN that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble –

(Job 14:1).

The Third World

The Best is yet to be.

Be of good courage: the best is yet to be!

There are glorious promises in the Bible of a Third world (or Era or Period) - a New Heaven and a New Earth:

“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness - (2 Peter 3:13). 

Here all things will be restored; all the labour, fear, anxiety and care will disappear, even death shall ultimately be no more!

Our Lord Jesus gave the name Kingdom of God to his coming Third World.  He taught us to pray:

“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven” –

(Matt. 6:10).

Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ the Son of God. 

He is the Second Adam who is going to reign over this New World, this Paradise Regained!

 

Read these very significant words in - Acts 3:19-21. 

The Times of Restoration of all Things

Acts 3:19-21;

19         So repent – (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return (to God), that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing, (of recovering from the effects of heat, or reviving with fresh air) - may come from the presence of the Lord;

20         And that He may send [to you] the Christ, (the Messiah), Who before was designated and appointed for you – even Jesus,

21         Whom heaven must receive [and retain] until the time for the complete restoration of all that God spoke by the mouth of all His holy prophets for ages past – [from the most ancient time in memory of man] - (Amplified New Testament).

There cannot be a complete restoration of that which has had no previous existence.  And if this present world is destined to be “destroyed” by fire, and if there are going to be “new heavens and a new earth”, then it is logical and Scriptural to expect that the Creation of God as it was before the Flood, will be restored again.  Of this Creation He said Himself that it was very good.  This is the Coming Kingdom of which we read in the following Scriptures:

Daniel 2:44;

And in the days of these (final ten) kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, not shall its sovereignty be lift to another people:but it shall break and crush and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Compare: Luke 1:31-33; Dan. 7:14-17; Rev. 11:15.

 

Isaiah 2:2; (Ampl.)

It shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be (firmly) established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.

 

Isaiah 9:6-7; (Ampl.)

6          For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father (of Eternity), Prince of Peace. 

(Compare: Luke 2:11; Matt. 28:18; Heb. 1:8; Eph. 5:14).

7          Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom; to establish it and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from that [latter] time forth, even forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Compare: Dan. 2:44; 1 Cor. 15:25-28 Heb. 1:8.

Note the word “government” in the Scriptures quoted above, and compare it with “the complete restoration of all that God spoke,” in Acts 3:21, and with these words in Genesis 1:26.

 

Genesis 1:26; (Ampl.)

God said, Let Us (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the (tame) beast, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.   (including the serpent - F.W.C.N)

 

Also read Rev. 21:4; (Ampl.)

God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish - sorrow and mourning - nor grief nor pain any more; for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.

Compare: Isaiah 25:8; Isaiah 35:10.

 

The Capitol

The new Jerusalem will be the capital of the New World and the Throne of David its literal Throne. 

Read 2 Samuel 7 and Psalm 89 for yourself.

 

The Angel said unto Mary:

Luke 1:31-33; (Ampl.)

31         And listen! You will become pregnant and will give birth to a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus.

32         He will be great (eminent) and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of his forefather David,

33         And He will reign over the house of Jacob throughout the ages, and of His reign there will be no end.

Compare: Isaiah 9:6, 7; Daniel 2:44.

 

The Apostle James quotes the following in:

Acts 15:16-18; (Ampl.)

16         After this I will come back, and will rebuild the house of David, which has fallen; I will rebuild its (very) ruins, and I will set it up again,

17         So that the rest of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles upon whom My name has been invoked,

18         Says the Lord Who has been making these things known from the beginning of the world.

Compare: Amos 9:11, 12; Jer. 12:15; Isaiah 45:21.

 

Peter writes:

2 Peter 3:13; (Ampl.)

But we look for New heavens and a New earth according to His promise, in which righteousness (uprightness, freedom from sin, and right standing with God) is to abide. 

 

Where will this New Earth be situated?

The prophets speak of a day in the future, when there will be no more seas (oceans):

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea” (Rev. 21:1).

The phrase “were passed away”, in this passage, was translated from the:

Greek word – “Parerchomai” which means:

Passed by before me,” or “came into view.”

In other words, John saw how this present world changed and was translated from its present state into that of the first heavens and the first earth when there was no sea.  The Greek word “Parerchomai” also bears the meaning of passing or changing from one state into that of another.

 

In his “Analytical Concordance”, Robert Young gives us the meaning of to “pass by before your eyes”, not destruction!  This is of the utmost importance.

In Matthew 26:39, 42, where Jesus pleaded with the Father to let the cup pass away if possible, the word “Parerchomai” is also used in the original Greek.

 

In his “Annotated Reference Bible” Dake states emphatically that the word “Parerchomai” never means destruction.  In Mark 6:48; Luke 18:37; Acts 16:8, this same word is used for where the one person passed the other by.

 

We therefore state it again:

John saw the first heaven and the first earth of before the Flood pass by before him; and it was to him a New Heaven and a New Earth, because he had never seen it before, the same as it will be new to us when we shall see it.  He saw the oceans taken up into the skies again, and the 71% of the surface of the earth which they had covered, became visible once more.  It was upon this “New Earth” that he saw the New Jerusalem descend from heaven. 

Compare: Isaiah 65:17; 66:22. 

 

The correct meaning of Revelation 21:1 is therefore as follows:

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, because the first heaven and the first earth as God created them originally, came into view as they passed by before my eyes (in vision), as there was no more sea to cover 71% of the surface of the first earth.”

 

The best portions of the earth have therefore never yet been inhabited, but have been preserved for those who shall inherit the Kingdom; those who shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world (the third age or dispensation) and the resurrection from the dead - (Luke 20:35).

 

The earth destined to be the everlasting habitation of man.

All the prophets foretell that the earth is destined to be the everlasting habitation of man.  Is that not the purpose for which God created Adam?  Is that not what Jesus the Second Adam came to restore? 

Has Jesus not promised the earth to the meek? - (Matt. 5:5). 

Shall the redeemed out of every kindred and tongue and people and nation not reign as kings and priests on the earth? - (Rev. 5:9, 10). 

The born again shall enter the Kingdom - (John 3:3, 5, 7). 

This Kingdom that is not only in heaven, but also on earth - (Matt. 6:10).

 

The Prophet Isaiah writes:

“They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” - (Isaiah 11:9).

Compare: Hab. 2:14.

 

Ezekiel writes in:

Ezekiel 36:35; (Ampl.)

And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited.

Ezekiel 37:27-28; (Ampl.)

27         My tabernacle or dwelling place also shall be with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

28         Then the nations shall know, understand and realise that I the Lord do set apart and consecrate Israel for holy use, when My sanctuary shall be in their midst for evermore.

 

How shall these things be?

In the third chapter of his Second Epistle Peter tells us very clearly how it is going to happen.  It will come to pass through a demonstration of the Power of God that mankind shall never forget.  You must make sure to read our study on “The Great Tribulation” where we write about the terror that will accompany the end of the world that now is, to make room for the Third Dispensation, that is, “The new heavens and the new earth”.


Armageddon and the great day of God Almighty.

The Apostle Paul writes:

7          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.

10        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. 

This means that in this judgement by fire, all the works of man, Ecclesiastical, Economic, everything that is not of God, will be burned up, in order that all that is of God, and therefore eternal, may remain.

(See Hebrews 12:25-28).

(1)   The “New Dutch Translation”, translates the phase burned up, as follows:

“En de aarde en de werken daarop zullen gevonden worden.”

(2)   Ivan Panin in his “Numeric English New Testament”:

uses the word “discovered”.

(3)   The “Revised Version” states in a foot-note:

“The most ancient manuscripts read discovered.”

(4)   The “New English Bible” reads:

“Will be laid bare”. 

And this together with the whole context as we have seen thus far, shows us that: At the time of the judgement by fire, the heat will be so intense that, together with “the whirlwinds of God” (to be explained), the oceans will be laid bare and the “foundations” of the earth will be discovered.  The heavens, that is the atmosphe-ric heaven and the planetary heaven, will be changed back to the state of the first two heavens before the Flood, which to us will be completely new. 

Compare: Ps. 18:7-15; Isa. 24:6; Isa. 45:18; Isa. 51:6; 2 Sam. 22:16; Nah. 1:3-6.

 

God’s Word speaks of the “great whirlwind” of the Lord, and of the slain that will be in that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth. 

See Jeremiah 25:31-33.

We read in Jeremiah 30:23-24; (Ampl.)

23         Behold the tempest of the Lord has gone forth with wrath, a sweeping and gathering tempest; it shall whirl and burst upon the heads of the wicked.

24         The fierce anger and indignation of the Lord shall not turn back until He has executed and accomplished the thoughts and intents of His mind and heart. In the latter days you shall understand this.

Read also Ezekiel 1:4; and 2 Thess 1:7-11.

It is well know fact that huge hurricanes have already sucked large masses of water into the skies as they passed over the sea and in some instances have literally “licked” reservoirs and small lakes dry.  Wait until the “whirlwinds of the Lord” begin to move across our rivers and lakes!

One single Hydrogen bomb explosion has a luminosity of 500 suns at a distance of 40 miles from its centre!  The fireball alone has a diameter of 4 miles!  Every living creature within a radius of 20 miles is destroyed completely.  The smoke and ash of the explosion plume like a huge mushroom for 80,000 feet up into the air.  Winds of hurricane force press in from all sides towards the centre to fill up the vacuum thus created by the huge “bubble” that has been propelled into the air by this intensive heat.  The rotation of the earth gives to these in-rushing winds their whirling action.

What will happen when huge numbers of these bombs begin to explode at once? And when God opens the arsenals of heaven as well and pours out His fury upon the earth?  You can well imagine the noise and thunder when the elements begin to burn and the heavens begin to pass away with a “thunderous crash” (Ampl.) The word for heavens there is “ouranoi” and means the expanse of the atmospheric heaven, but it is also the root word for Uranium, the basic element contained in the hydrogen bomb.

 

It is therefore very definitely an atomic fire described in 2 Peter 3:10.  That will be the nature of this judgement by fire that will strike this present heaven and earth, cleanse it and change it, to renew it into the “new heavens and the new earth” as it was when it originally came “new and fresh” out of the hand of the Creator.

That will take place at the time of the second coming of Christ, at the beginning of the Millennium, and not after the thousand years of peace.  Why should judgement fall upon an earth over which Christ has already reigned for 1,000 years?  You will see this when you study 2 Peter 3, very carefully.

The fire that comes down upon the Gog and Magog of Revelation 20:9, at the end of the thousand years, only applies to those nations that will be deceived by Satan to move up against the saints and the beloved city.  There is no mention here of elements that will burn with fervent heat or heavens that will pass with a great noise.

Are you ready?

2 Peter 3:13-14;

13         Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 

(This commences with the 1,000 years Reign of Peace,

See Isa. 2:1-5; Micah 4:1-4). 

14         Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 

Are you ready?

These events are at the very door.  The End

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