THE PROMISE OF THE NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH

Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:1-4

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.” (Revelation 21:1)

We must remember that when the Fall occurred (Genesis 3), everything was affected, including the creation itself. The creation was subjected to futility because of the fall of Adam into sin — “For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not on its own will, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now” (Romans 8:19-21).

What will happen to the present heaven and earth? We find the answer in II Peter — “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise, we are looking for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (II Peter 3:10-13).

When Peter wrote these words, the book of Revelation had not been written. However, Peter knew that Isaiah had prophesied about a new heaven and a new earth. Isaiah’s prophecy is the first promise of the new creation — “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicing, and her people for gladness. I will also rejoice in Jerusalem, and be glad in My people; and there will be no longer heard in her the voice of weeping and the sound of crying” (Isaiah 65:17-19).

When Jesus returns again, He will fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy by creating new heavens and a new earth, where there will be no more mourning nor crying nor pain. I long for that day to come!

Lord Jesus, I cannot fully comprehend how beautiful and glorious the new creation will be. Thank You for the promise of a new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Don’t let me get too comfortable in this present creation, for one day it will pass away. But something far better is coming! Let me live with the end in mind.

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