Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:1-8

“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)

The new heaven and new earth will be a re-creation of a world where sin, sorrow, pain and death will be no more — “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (v. 4).

Every stain of sin, every scar of wrong, and every trace of death will never be experienced again. The world in which God’s people shall live will be perfect in every way. There will be a perfect balance in nature — no more storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, wild fires, ecological imbalance, etc. There will be perfect relationships between people — no conflicts, no enmity and no hostility. In essence it will be heaven on earth.

In the vision, John is told that there will no longer be any sea. Like most of the imagery in Revelation, this is symbolic. At present the sea is the emblem of unrest and conflict. The roaring, raging seas symbolize the nations of the world in their conflict and unrest. Hence the symbolism of the absence of the sea is a place of tranquility and peace, a place that has been set free from all unrest and conflict.

The old order will be gone and a new order will come. It will be a order set free from all forms of evil, which are symbolized in Revelation by the harlot, the beast, the false prophet and the dragon. Men and women in the new heaven and new earth will be incapable of sinning. The new order is a real, physical world, but one that has been set free from all the effects of the Fall. We will live eternally in God’s presence, experiencing His perfect peace and abundant provisions.

Lord Jesus, I anxiously await the coming of the new order — the new heaven and new earth. Give me strength to face the troubles, tribulations, difficulties, and suffering of this present order. Let me keep my eyes on You and remember that You are with me now, that You will take me with You to glory, and eventually to live with You eternally in the Holy City, the New Jerusalem.


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