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

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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Isaiah’s Vision Of The New Heavens and New Earth (Part 2)

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…

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. 

NO death, only eternal existence are in view in this entire text…

 

There shall be no more thence an infant of days,

There will be no babies or infants exiting throughout eternity.

(Please note prophecies like Isaiah 11:6-9 do not teach the literal existence of children throughout eternity.  They are prophecies which uses small, harmless children to symbolically represent the harmless, peaceful, sinless characteristics of the eternal condition of the saints…

  1. it will be like a world that would have leaders that have no guile, hatred or selfish desires… “a little child shall lead them.”
  2. and would be filled with no harm, sorrow or pain … “the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den”.)

 

nor an old man that hath not filled his days:

Nor will there be physically aged men that have not reached the time of their death.

Why is it that there will be no infants, nor aged adults throughout eternity?  The remaining portion of verse 20 answers that question for us.

  1. It addresses why infants will not exist in eternity in the phrase “for the child shall die an hundred years old”
  2. It addresses why old men will not exist in eternity in the phrase “but the sinner [being] an hundred years old shall be accursed.

 

First a look at why infants will not exist in eternity…

for the child shall die an hundred years old;

The translated used the word “for” to mean “because”.  An example of this usage of “for” is… Billy was arrested for stealing.  In other words, Billy was arrested because he was guilty of stealing.

Why does no infant exist in eternity?  “Because” the child shall die an hundred years old.  In other words, if infants exist in eternity they would eventually die of old age.  If there are infants then there is aging, if there is aging, then eventually there must be physical death.

There are at least two lines of reasoning behind this principle:

  1. Think of it this way, if there are infants (but no aging in eternity) then you would have aborted fetuses, small very young babies, and immature infants existing for an eternity, never becoming mature… how could this be?
  1. Or look at the other option we have before us. If there would be aging in eternity, then infants would age without death taking place.   You would have infants maturing into adults and those adults then continuing to physically age for an eternity…. Once again, how could this be?   

 So, the existence of infants in eternity with no aging, or the existence of infants in eternity with aging but no death without the existence of death, causes great practical and theological problems.  The only answer to these problems would be physical death existing in eternity.

However, we know there is no death in eternity.   We know this for at least two main reasons:

  1. Based upon our texts, there are no tears, sorrow, or loss (including death) felt in eternity (Rev 20:1-5, Isaiah 25:8).
  2. Also, death cannot enter into eternity is because death is the result of sin (and the possession of a fallen nature). Anyone possessing a fallen, sinful body cannot enter into eternity with God.  It is only when sin’s effects on our body (glorification of our bodies) are undone, that we can enter our eternal state (1 Corinthians 15:50-58).

This is the reasoning that explains the Lord’s statement found here (“There shall be no more thence an infant of days,…for the child shall die an hundred years old;….”

Another way to phrase this part of Scripture would be….“(Throughout eternity) No infants will any longer exist…. because if infants would exist, then they would die after they aged 100 years”

 

Before we leave our look at this phrase, let’s also remind ourselves of sin’s effect on all mankind.  When we are told that… “the child shall die an hundred years old” it is due to the sinful nature of fallen mankind.  We know that glorified bodies will not be united in marriage nor give birth in eternity (Matt 22:30, Luke 20:34-36).  Therefore, the only type of infant that is ever born (after man’s fall in the garden of Eden) are born as fallen, sinful creatures.

Because of this sinful condition that is possessed by all infants, it is very true that infants (due to their natural, sinful nature) will die an hundred years old.   What horrible sentence that is placed upon every child born into this sinful world.  Apart from Christ’s intervention at His second coming, every man, woman and child must face impending spiritual and physical death.  A constant reminder to us all of the horrific consequences we all face due to our fallen nature and acts of rebellion against the Lord. (Romans 6:23).

 

Now we will see why aged adults will not exist in heaven…

but the sinner [being] an hundred years old shall be accursed. 

An old man will not exist in eternity because the aging of human beings is a process that takes place when an individual’s body is gradually “wearing out” as he grows closer to physical death (Romans 8:19-23, Ecclesiastes 12:).  Physical death, and the entire aging process, only takes place because of the existence of sin.

All these effects of sin, including physical death of the body, will be done away with through the glorification of our bodies based upon the work of Jesus. (Hebrews 2:14-15, Revelation 22:3, 1 Corinthians 15:35-50)   If we see a fallen sinful man, whose body shows the marks of physically aging for 100 years, is proof that he is yet in his fallen, sinful body and under the physical curse of sin (ie physical death), and therefore, he cannot be in residing in eternity…

 

Heb 2:14-15 KJV

(14)  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

(15)  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

 

Isa 25:8 KJV – He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.

 

Luk 20:34-36 KJV – And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:  But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:  Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

 

 

In Revelation 21: is it described in this way…

4b) and there shall be no more death,

For God’s people throughout eternity, there will be no more physical or eternal death, only eternal glory.

(We are clearly told of the elimination of death will take place following the glorification of the saint’s body flowing into eternity in texts such as 1 Cor 15:21-26, Hosea 13:14, Hebrews 2:14-15)

 

We will complete our study by looking at vs 21-25 in our next lesson.

 

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

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.

 

 

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