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Isaiah’s Vision Of The New Heavens and New Earth (Part 3)

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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…

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.

 

In this section of our study, we are told that, throughout eternity, God’s people will enjoy the God’s hand of blessings upon His people.  They will no longer be concerned with attacks from their enemies, the curse of sin, injustice or the wrath of God being placed upon them.  In other words, all sin and its results will be done away.

This entire section of our study stands in direct contrast to the Lord’s promises to those who rebel against the Lord and His commands.…

Deuteronomy 28:15, 29-34 – KJV – But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:

And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save [thee].

Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof.

Thine ox [shall be] slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass [shall be] violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep [shall be] given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue [them].

Thy sons and thy daughters [shall be] given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail [with longing] for them all the day long: and [there shall be] no might in thine hand.

The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway: 

So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.” 

 

(Please note: In the earlier verses of this chapter ( Deut 28:1-14) contains many of the same blessings upon the faithful that are mentioned in our Isaiah 65 text).

 

And they shall build houses, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.  hey shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat:

God’s people will enjoy the fruits of their labors, and not have to fear loss nor harm.  Throughout eternity we will be blessed of God for our faithful service.  None will be able to tarnish our service, nor will they be able to steal the rewards intended for us.

 

for as the days of a tree [are] the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

God’s people will enjoy a long, flourishing, fruitful life of service throughout eternity, much like a fruit tree that bears fruit and lives from generation to generation.

 

They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they [are] the seed of the blessed of the LORD,

Why do these wonderful blessings come upon His people throughout eternity?  God’s grace being sent forth to them in the form of His many blessings.

 

and their offspring with them.

In the curse mentioned in Deut 28:  we read “Thy sons and thy daughters [shall be] given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail [with longing] for them all the day long: and [there shall be] no might in thine hand.

This part of the curse upon those who rebel against God is contrasted by the phrase “and their offspring with them”.  In other words, the rebellious would be forcibly separated from their offspring, whereas for the obedient, they would enjoy their life unified with their children. All of this symbolically describing the results of rebellion and sin being done away throughout eternity.

Once again, this section of our Isaiah 65: prophecy is simply revealing to us that, God’s people as the faithful of God, will enjoy an eternity where all injustice, harm, sorrow, and the curse of rebellion are taken away.

Also, remember earlier in our Isaiah 65: text we have this basic idea reaffirmed… “and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.”

 

In Revelation 21: is it described in this way…

(4c,d,e) neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Here Revelation is telling us that sin, its affects, and curses involved with sin, are done away throughout eternity.  (Isa 35:10, Isa 60:19-22)

 

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

During eternity the saints will enjoy PERFECT communion with the Lord, as no sin will place a division between us. He will be physically present with us and He will perfectly know our minds and hearts and will immediately act on our behalf.  This communion is much like what Daniel experienced during his time of prayer (Daniel 9:20-23) only to a much lesser degree than the communion in eternity.

 

In Revelation 21: is it described in this way…

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.

Here in Revelation, we are also promised a perfect, intimate relationship with the Lord allowing each one of us to enjoy perfect fellowship with God Himself.

 

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.

Here, we can see the perfect harmony and peace that will permeate throughout eternity.  The results of sin, specifically the fall of the created nature around us, will be totally undone.  There will be no bloodshed, no violence, no abuse, no persecution, nor death.

This basic principle is pictured through the use of a series of creatures that Isaiah was familiar with as a part of the first creation of God (the earth before its renovation).

The peaceful conditions in the New Earth are now pictured by:

  1. Wolves and Lambs – Wolves, who would normally feed upon lambs, are now seen as being at peace with the lambs. They are now feeding WITH the lambs, not feeding ON the lambs.
  2. Lion eating straw like an ox – Lions, who normally violently feeding on other animals are now shown to be feeding upon straw. This is like an ox who feeds upon straw as a part of their nature being fully satisfied with it.
  3. Serpent feeding upon dust – Serpents are known for cunningly attacking their prey, catching them off guard, poisoning them, and devouring them. Here, we see eternity pictured as a place of no danger or fear, as even the serpents feed on dust, hunting and hurting no one.

We can clearly see the symbolic nature being used here, as we realize that it is impossible for serpents to live off of dust.  Also keep in mind, there are no places in Scripture that clearly indicate that the same type of animals that God created to inhabit on the Old Earth will be remade and will inhabit the New Earth.

 

Please note a very similar passage in Isaiah 11:6-9…

Isa 11:6-9 KJV –

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

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

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.”

Once, again in this passage we see the same basic principles concerning the New Earth begin described through the use of Old Earth creatures.  The New Earth will be a peaceful, violence free, persecution free existence.     As we have seen, detailed previously in vs 20 of our text, this set of verses can, in no way, be used to teach that babies and children will be in existence on the New Earth.

 

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

The Lord clearly states the basic principle behind the symbols being used in this example.  It is that the New Earth will be entirely free of harm and destruction.  “His holy mountain” is speaking of the renovated land of Israel on the New Earth which will be home to the New Jerusalem, the dwelling place of the saints throughout eternity.

 

In Revelation 21: is it described in this way…

(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.

Revelation 21: confirms for us that the New Earth will be filled with peace and harmony, no pain, suffering, or death.  All of these former sorrows will be done away with as all will be made new.

Please also see notes on verses 21-23 above for more concerning this principle.

 

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

As we have clearly seen in this study, we have such a wonderful eternity awaiting us.  May we all allow these truths to motivate us to serve our Lord out of thankful, appreciative hearts.  May we allow these truths to encourage us to remain faithful in the “dark times” of our lives.

 

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

 

 

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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.”


3 Comments

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this study. So much of Revelation echoes previous Scripture especially from Isaiah. Thanks again.

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