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The New Heaven and New Earth On Earth!

Posted by Scott on April 19, 2008

So much is said today about “The New Earth”.  Every philosopher has his or her ideas, but most are just that, ideas.  However, what does the Bible say about the New Earth.  This might dispell a few myths that have been taught for ages that simply are unbibical including the newest fade proclaimed by Oprah and Eckhart Tolle.

We see the vision of the New Earth as seen by John in Revelation 21:1…”Then I saw a new heaven and new earth, for the first heaven and first earth had passed away and there was no longer any sea.”

According to the commentary from Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible dated to 1961 he states that “passed away” in reference to the first heaven and earth has “passed from one condition to another”.  The greek word for “passed away” is “parerchomai” taking us to 2 Peter 3:10…”But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.  The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.”  This gives me every indication that the earth will not be completely destroyed into a non-existant state, but it will be purified by fire making the foundation ready for the new earth and the reversal of the curse that has been on the earth since Adam first sinned.  The Ryrie Study Bible commentary on this verse notes that “the present creation will be destroyed on the earth as to cleanse it from all the effects of sin”.  This again makes way for the new earth on the old earth foundation.  The myth taught throughout much of Christianity is that the new earth will not be on this planet or on this foundation, but the scriptures would imply something else.  The late Dr. W. A. Criswell states in his book called “Heaven” from 1991 written with Dr. Paige Patterson under the heading “Heaven is a renewed world creation” in part of chapter one.  When speaking of the greek word “kainos” which is the only use for the word “new” in Revelation.  “Kainos” refers to quality or kind of character.  Criswell, “This word [kainos] never refers to annihilation but rather to re-creation and redemption”.  In Ecceliastes 1:4 that “…the earth abideth forever”.

In Revelation 21:2 we find the Holy City or New Jerusalem coming out of heaven to the new earth.  This comes after the thousand year rein or millennium.  This place will be on the new earth as the dwelling place of all believers during eternity with emphasis in 21:1-8.  In the book “50 days of Heaven” by Randy Alcorn he tells us “the future Heaven will be in the human realm, on Earth, in a resurrected universe”.  God will come to rein with His people in the New Heaven on earth after He restores it.  Acts 3:21 says, “Jesus must remain is heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as He promised long ago through His holy prophets.”  Refer to Isaiah 60:1-22 to back to that long ago time the glory of the New Jerusalem is described.

God is Omnipresent and can dwell whereever He chooses.  He wants to come to be with us in a place He made for us, His chosen people, the bride of Christ.  Another time in history God has come to be with us when Adam and Eve sinned…rather than just picking them up and taking them to heaven, God came to earth to visit them.  Jesus came to earth to embody the God-Man part of His plan.  Again, this is God coming to us.  We find His grace in both of these occasions. 

Anthony Hoekema said, “If God would have to annihilate the present cosmos, Satan would have won a great victory…Satan would have succeededin so devastatingly corrupting the present cosmos and the present earth that God could do nothing with it but to blot it totally out of existance.  But Satan did not win such victory!  On the contrary, Satan has been decisively defeated.  God will reveal the full demensions of that defeat when he shall renew this very earth on which Satan deceived mankind and finally banish fron it all the results of Satan’s evil machinations.”

The last part of that first verse says “the sea will be no more”.  Yes, on this earth there will be no separation anymore from God and His people.  According to Dake’s Bible notes, there will be an abundance of lakes, rivers, and smaller seas “forever”, but no more sea to separate us.  From one end of the earth to another we will have access to our God to never be separated again by ocean, sin, death, or anything.  This all takes place on the New Earth (resurrected old earth).  The curse that sin caused will be reversed and we can live forever without murder, hatred, sin, death, tears, lying, stealing, backstabbing, fighting, or any of the negatives of life.  I dare to tell you that this will be “Living your best life”.  Your best life is not now.

I have seen the notes in a few Bible’s that the New Jerusalem will be suspended over the earth. This has no biblical foundation that I have found.  When the curse on the new earth is lifted heaven and earth will not longer need to be separated as it is now.  The separation we experience now is because a holy dwelling place where God the Father is cannot mingle with a sinful depraved man on earth.  At the time of the New Heaven and New Earth they will be joined forever together as it indicates in Rev 21:1-2. 

It is absolutely exciting to study the scriptural meanings of the New Heaven and New Earth in contrast to the myths and even the new philosophy of Eckhart Tolle’s New Earth.   Man cannot create heaven on earth, but God can.   I can find no biblical basis for heaven being created within us…this is simply not the case according to the authority of the scriptures.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.

The Homeland

“Think….of stepping on shore and finding it Heaven! 

Think…of taking hold of a hand and finding it God’s hand!

…of breathing a new air and finding it celestial air!

…of feeling invigorated and finding it immortality!

…of passing from storm and tempest, to an unbroken calm!

…of waking up and finding yourself HOME!   HALLELUJAH!”

-by anonymous poet found by Ruth Ray Hunt of FBC Dallas passed on to Dr. Criswell

In Christ,

Scott

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