Settled In Heaven Blog

Home » SIH Lesson Themes » Doctrinal » Isaiah’s Vision Of The New Heavens and New Earth (Part 1)

Isaiah’s Vision Of The New Heavens and New Earth (Part 1)

Follow Us And Keep Updated On All SIH Postings ...


As The Lord Wills...Upcoming Series On SIH Blog. Don't Miss Out!

No upcoming events

Blog Subscription Tools:


Blog Stats

  • 217,934 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 4,585 other followers

Follow SIH Ministries On:


SettledInHeaven.org

SIH STSTA ICON“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.”  (2 Peter 3:10-13)

 

 

Isaiah 65:17-25 is one of the most encouraging prophecies given to God’s people.  It is a prophecy of the eternal state of God’s people as they enjoy the eternal blessings that are promised to them by God Himself.

For us to come to a fuller and more accurate understanding of this prophecy, we need to understand its relationship to the first five verses of a vision that John received in the book of Revelation that is found in chapter 21.

Please notice the table that follows.  In this table, we can see that the prophecy found in Isaiah 65: and the beginning of the vision received by John in Revelation are clearly parallel prophecies.  They both speak of the same time period (eternity), the same location (the New Heavens and New Earth) and the same blessings that will be received by the people of God…

 

The Basic Contents Of Both Passages:

 

Main Themes:   Daniel 65: Revelation 21:  
 
The Setting: New Heavens/New Earth 17a 1a
The Condition: All Things Are “New” 17b 5
The Location: The New Jerusalem 18 2
No Weeping, Crying 19 4a
Longevity Of Life 20 4b
No Mistreatment, Loss 21-23,25 4c,d,e
God Will Be Present 24 3

 

Let’s take a few moments of time to come to a better understanding of the wonderful blessings that await God’s people as we enter into eternity with our Lord.

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

(Isaiah 65:17-25)

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

18) 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.

19) And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

20) There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner [being] an hundred years old shall be accursed.

21) And they shall build houses, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

22) They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree [are] the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

23) They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they [are] the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.

24) And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

25) The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust [shall be] the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

 

(Revelation 21:1-5)

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.

2) And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3) And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.

4) And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

5) And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

 

 

THE STUDY:

 

Isaiah 65:17-25…

 

17) For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth:

As the Lord delivers this message to Isaiah, we find that He tells Isaiah that He is going to “create” a New Heavens and Earth as an eternal dwelling place for His people.

The word translated “create” involves to form, or shape, it doesn’t, necessarily, mean to create out of nothing. We see this use of bara in Genesis 5:2 where we are told that “Male and female created he them”.  However, we know from Genesis chapter 2:7 that “the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground”.  This helps us to understand that bara can refer to forming from previously existing material.

This same principle applies to the creation of the New Heavens and New Earth.  God will not destroy our current heavens and earth and create the New Heavens and New Earth out of nothing.  Instead, He will purify and reform or renovate the existing heavens and earth into our sinless, eternal dwelling place (Romans 8:18-24 and 2 Peter 3:10-13).

 

(For more information on this subject please refer to our study entitled “The Deliverance Of Creation” which is an in depth study of Romans 8:18-24 and 2 Peter 3:10-13).

 

 

In Revelation 21: is it described in this way…

1) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:

John bore witness of the future existence of this renovated earth and heaven in the vision that was given to him.  As a matter of fact from Rev 21:1 to Rev 22:5 John gives us great details about our eternal dwelling place.  Please notice a very basic outline of John’s teachings on this subject:

  1. Revelation 21:1-5 – basic background information on our eternal dwelling place (we will be looking at these verses in this study.)
  2. Revelation 21:9-27 – An in-depth look at our eternal dwelling pictured as a beautiful city (New Jerusalem)
  3. Revelation 22:1-5 – An in-depth look at our eternal dwelling pictured as the Garden of Eden restored to man.

 

and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

The Lord explains to Isaiah that this New Heavens and New Earth would absolutely replace that which came before it.  The replacement would be so complete that no one would mention the old again, nor would they think of it ever again.

 

In Revelation 21: is it described in this way…

1b) for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

John describes them as being “passed away”, in other words it simply “went away”.

 

The Lord caused the first (the earth that cursed due to sin’s presence) to go away (using fire to purify it), He then renovated it bringing forth the new earth (sinless eternal dwelling for His people).  It is in that sense, the first simply “passed away” (2 Peter 3:10-13, Heb 1:10-12, Isa 51:6).

 

Why will there be “no more sea” on the New Earth?

  1. Literally – Water is an indispensable need for life on this earth. In a remade earth, when it is inhabited only by humans in glorified bodies, there will be no need of water to support life.
  2. Symbolically – Throughout the Bible, the sea and its waves are pictures of lost mankind and the unrest, tribulation, and disunity that accompanies them (Isaiah 57:20, Jude 1:8-13). Also in Revelation it is a symbolic picture of lost mankind as the origin of the evil political powers of this world (Rev 13:1). This could be a symbolic description that helps us to understand that this New Earth will no longer contain any of these.
  3. Symbolically – Eternal punishment and separation from God is pictured as a burning body of water (“the Lake of Fire”) only in Revelation (Rev 19:20, 20:10, 14, 15). Perhaps this is a symbolic way of showing that the New Earth holds the exact opposite conditions for saved mankind.

 

 

5a) And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.

As the renovation will be brought to completion, the New Heavens and New Earth will be radically changed.  No longer will the effects of sin be seen in it.  In a very real way, it will be as if the Garden of Eden has been restored to mankind (Rev 22:1-5).  In this case, it will be given permanently to the people of God never to be defiled by sin again.  Truly all things will be made new (Romans 8:19-25).

 

18) 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.

Isaiah now speaks of the “New Jerusalem” that is prepared for His people to live eternally (Jeremiah 3:14-18, John 14:1-3).  It is the giving of “New Jerusalem” that is the fulfillment of the many Old Testament prophecies of Israel being restored to the land and Jerusalem being the center of the worship of Jehovah (Zechariah 8:1-8, Jeremiah 33:14-16).

Keep in mind that these wonderful promises were made to all who are a part of the spiritual nation made up of all the believers of all time, the Israel of God (Romans 2:17, 28-29; Galatians 6:15-16).

What great joy and praise will be had when God’s people will dwell with their Lord and Savior eternally within the gates of New Jerusalem on the New Earth (Isa 44:21-23, Isa 51:11).

 

In Revelation 21: is it described in this way…

2) And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Following the renovation of the Heavens and Earth (Rev 21:1), John then sees “New Jerusalem” (the eternal abode of God) coming down out of heaven to be situated on the New Earth (Joel 3:16-18).

As New Jerusalem appears, she looks much like a bride being presented to her husband for their permanent relationship to begin.  Can you imagine the great joy of God’s people as they see their eternal dwelling place presented to them?

One of the reasons why the eternal abode of God is described as “New Jerusalem” is based upon the temporal city of Jerusalem, home of the Israelite’s temple in the Old Testament Scriptures (1 Chron 6:10, Psa 68:29).  The OT temple, and by implication, the city of Jerusalem was known as the dwelling place of God among men (Psa 9:11, Psa 76:1-2 etc).

 

19) And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people:

“New Jerusalem”, located on the renovated “New Earth” will not only be the home of the rejoicing OF the people of God, but it will also be the home of the rejoicing of God FOR His people (Isa 62:4-5, Zeph 3:17).

With the entrance of His people into His presence eternally, we have the culmination of all His plans and workings on behalf of His chosen people (Eph 1:4-6, John 3:16).  The full, absolute completion of His plans is one of the main sources of His great joy (John 6:35-40, John 15:3-7).

 

and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

Not only will there be great joy and rejoicing that will be taking place at the presentation of New Jerusalem, but also there will be absolutely no weeping or crying.  Everyone will be rejoicing, as they understand that this is their permanent, eternal dwelling.  Instead of facing eternal death and the curse of sin placed upon the old fallen earth, they are looking forward to an eternity with the Lord who gave Himself for them (Isa 35:10, Isa 51:11).

 

In Revelation 21: is it described in this way…

4a) And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;

At this point in time, God’s grace has given to His people the elimination of sin’s curse and eternal life with Him in the New Jerusalem.  It is entirely the workings of God that has brought His people into this state of everlasting joy and peace.

This is why He is said to be the One that wipes all tears from the eyes of His people throughout eternity (Isa 25:8, Isa 60:20, 1 Cor 15:24-28).

We will continue our study with verse 20 next week.

 

 

Please visit…

Settled In Heaven Ministries Home On The Web: http://www.settledinheaven.org

Settled In Heaven Ministries Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com

Settled In Heaven Ministries Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven

 

Email Us At: settledinheaven@gmail.com

 

May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”


7 Comments

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this study

Comments are closed.

Translate This Blog Into Other Languages...


Search Our Site For All Your Favorite Postings...


Guide To Our Current Postings…

Currently Being Updated For 2012-2013

%d bloggers like this: