THE ETERNITY OF GOD: THE NEW HEAVENS AND EARTH
THE NEW JERUSALEM
The New Heavens and the New Earth – Revelation 21:1 – 22:5
Revelation 21: 1-8 – Introduction:
What will eternity be like? What will it be like to live with God forever and ever?
You probably have many questions about this so let’s begin to think about the answer. First, this chapter of Revelation has much information for us to think about.
Fact: All the bad and negative things of this world are going to be conquered and destroyed. Wow, how wonderful is that? What a blessing for each one of us.
Fact: All the pollution and impurities of life, all the ungodliness and evil seen in life, all the suffering and pain, all the corruption and death will be gone – it is all going to be erased, eliminated, and done away with. The day is coming when there will be no more negative things in a Christian life. Note the things God will remove from our lives.
- impure government
- corrupt religion
- bad leaders
- painful suffering
- sin and temptation
This is the glorious message of Revelation. God is going to take Satan and all ungodly and evil of this world and destroy them. God is going to make a new heavens and a new earth. God is going to make all things new. And when He does there will be…
- no more tears
- no more sorrow
- no more crying
- no more pain
- no more death
This the great subject of this passage of Scripture: the new heavens and the new earth.
- The new creation, the new heaven and the new earth. (Revelation 21:1)
- The new city of God. (v. 2)
- The immediate fellowship with God. (v. 3)
- The perfection of all things. (vv. 4-6)
- The citizens. (vv. 6-8)
Now let’s begin with Revelation 21:1 Heaven and Earth which are new. There will be the new creation, the new heaven and the new earth. The heaven (heavenly bodies in outer space) and earth that we know are going to pass away.
All heavens above—the sun, moon, stars, and planets are going to be destroyed and remade. God is going to make a new heaven. Think what this will mean. There will be…
- no more violent thunderstorms, lightning, typhoons, hurricanes, or destructive rains and weather.
- no more stars or solar systems that are burned out.
All of the heavens above will be remade, created anew and made alive.
- Think how glorious and beautiful the heavens look now when we look up on a starry night. But imagine what they will be like when God recreates them in all the glory and magnificence of a perfect universe.
- All things within the universe will be alive and reflect the glory and splendor of God Himself.
- The universe will be perfect, a place where nothing burns out or wears down or wastes away or dies.
- Think about the light and brilliance and splendor and glory of all the heavenly bodies when God recreates the heavens.
- Think about what it will mean to have a universe full of LIVING PLANETS AND STARS AND SOLAR SYSTEMS. We cannot imagine the glory and beauty. It is beyond our finite minds.
But note the significant point: The Scripture declares emphatically that the heaven is to be remade and recreated into a new heaven and new earth.
2 Peter 3:10 the Day of the Lord and the Return of Jesus Christ.
Why has Christ not yet returned to earth? The glorious fact is that He shall return. The Day of the Lord is coming. He is going to bring about the glorious day of redemption, giving all believers the wonderful privilege of living with Him forever and ever.
- The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night.
Note a significant fact: a man never knows when a thief is going to hit his house. No thief tells a man ahead of time that he is going to strike his house.
If a man knew, he would watch and prepare. This is the point: The Lord Jesus Christ has told us that He is coming back to earth. He has forewarned us, but He has not told us when. Why?
*Not knowing when Jesus is returning keeps us focused upon Him and His return. It keeps us looking and longing for Him. It keeps us watching and stirs us to live pure and holy lives. (I Peter 1:15-16)
*Not knowing when He is returning serves as a warning to unbelievers. It warns them that they must repent now, today, for He could return today and catch them unprepared.
The day of the Lord is coming, but it is coming as a thief in the night. This return is going to be totally unexpected by most people. The believer must…
- Not be careless: not get tired of waiting up, not get sleepy, not be caught off guard, not begin to disbelieve. (All of this can happen to a house owner waiting on a burglar.)
- Watch: sit up, stay awake, listen, look, take notice of all noises and sights (signs). (The burglar always comes in an unexpected hour.)
“Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning. (Mark 13:35)
“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:27)
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:36)
“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 24:44)
“… and while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day not the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 25: 6-9, 10-13)
“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” (I Thessalonians 5:2)
“Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” (Revelation 3:3)
“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.” (2 Peter 3:10)
“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” (Revelation 16:15)
2. The heavens and universe shall pass away: all the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein.
Based upon what we know about the universe today—the basic elements such as the atom—nothing really needs to be said about how the universe is going to be destroyed. It is a matter of belief in God, that God is God, the Supreme Intelligence and Force of the universe.
NOTE: If a person believes in God, then he knows that God can destroy the universe. How? By doing what He did when He destroyed the earth the first time (II Peter 3:5-6), that is, by simply speaking the Word, by simply commanding a universal atomic explosion to take place.
Man, himself has enough intelligence to burst the atom and to cause a chain reaction that would be so devastating that it would be an atomic explosion that would destroy the earth and melt the elements of the earth with fervent heat. Man himself, can cause an atomic explosion so severe that every element of the earth would melt with fervent heat. Why then doubt God?
All God has to do is speak the Word and all the atoms throughout the universe will burn up in a chain reaction. There would be an atomic explosion so strong that it would destroy the whole universe.
The point is this: “the day of the Lord WILL COME.” There is no question about it.
- Just as God spoke the Word and created the world…
- Just as God spoke the Word and destroyed the earth in Noah’s Day…
- So, God is going to speak the Word and the day of the Lord will come.
“…the heavens shall pass away with a GREAT NOISE, and the ELEMENTS shalt melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” (2 Peter 3:10)
Now note: Why is God going to destroy both heaven and earth? There is one glorious reason and 2 Peter 3:13 tells us:
“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
He can create a new heavens and earth where righteousness dwells. God wants a perfect world in which there will be nothing but righteousness.
NOTE: Verse ten says that earth and “the works that are therein shall be burned up.” By “works” is meant all the works of man’s hands:
offices evil works
Everything that man has ever done, all of his corruptible works, shall be burned up and destroyed by the fire of God’s judgment.
- The whole universe will be destroyed by fire; a fiery explosion will take place and the fire will be so hot that every element will melt from the fervent heat.
- But Note: it is all so that God’s eternal purpose for the universe can be fulfilled.
- God is going to create a new heavens and earth in which only righteousness will exist.
- The righteous, those who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ for righteousness, shall be the citizens of the new heavens and earth.
- The new heavens and earth will be the home where God’s people will live and serve Him for all of eternity.
“For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:18)
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)
“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (I Thessalonians 5:1-3)
“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. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 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? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” (I Peter 3:10-13)
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these saying, ‘Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. ‘ ” (Jude 14-15)
“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17)
“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 21: 1)
“For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, not come into mind.” (Isaiah 65:17)
“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 66:22)
“Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.” (Psalm 102: 25-27)
“And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.” (Isaiah 34:4)
“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be forever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.” (Isaiah 51:6)
Let’s now move to a good question: What is it? Would you like to live in the new heavens and new earth? You can if you follow the steps to heaven. You might say something to the effect that you didn’t know there were steps you could follow to heaven, but there is so let’s think about them and begin with Hebrews 11:6 and what God outlines for you to go to heaven:
- “But without faith is is impossible to please him.”
- “For he that cometh to God” – think go to heaven.
- “Must believe that He is,” – Must believe that He is real, and that Christ rose form the death and went to heaven where He resides at the right hand of God the Father.
- “And He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” follows John 3:16. “For God so loved the world [you] that He gave His begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVETH [think see Him] in Him should not perish [think live forever in God’s presence], but have everlasting life.” [think God’s free gift of eternal life.]
Also, consider Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace [think that salvation is not deserved and cannot be earned] are ye saved THROUGH FAITH [think trust in God and His Word], and not of yourself [think salvation is not something you yourself can do but is something only God can do], it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Now let’s examine this from Romans 10:9. I call this passage one of the steps to heaven:
This is your responsibility and no one else can do it for you, it is personal between you and God. “That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus Christ [think prayer] and shalt believe [think faith – have faith that God will hear you and answer you], in thine heart [think absolute faith/trust] that God hath raised Him from the dead – [think that the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the death for you], thou SHALT BE SAVED [believe that you will live in the new heaven and new earth with God forever and ever].
If you truly believed and confessed, your belief is that Jesus is the Son of God and you repented of sin (Romans 3:23), in other words you accepted that you are a sinner, and trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:16) then you will live forever in the new heaven and earth with God and nothing can change that. Why? Because the Holy Spirit has indwelt you until the day of redemption [Ephesians 1:13-14- when you go to heaven]. But also, God has give you His FREE gift of eternal life and God cannot lie, nor can any man or spiritual being take God’s free gift of eternal from you. God is greater than all and you are now safe in the hands of God. – See John 10:27-30.
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