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The New Heaven and The New Earth

 

            Once again, as the case in so many subjects, the subject of the New Heaven and the New Earth has been grossly misunderstood.  It has been my observation, over many decades, that a surprisingly insufficient effort by the past and present Churches of God has been made to discern a more perfect understanding of both original Hebrew and Greek wording contained in the Bible.  As a result, many over all conclusions have missed the mark. Some of them to a very great degree.  This subject is a clear example of that lack of diligence concerning an area that the Bible has much to say.  It seems that the principle common "understanding" stems from Revelation 21:1-4. 

The natural tendency is to think that a new heaven and new earth will have to happen after all the things that are prophesied for this earth and its inhabitants has been fulfilled.  Especially since it is mentioned right after the statement of the “lake of fire”.  The lake of fire is generally considered the last event of the progressive stages that God has designed for mankind. But, with the information within the context of Rev. 21:1-8 we should question that popular conclusion.  And it is of the utmost importance to remember that the Book of Revelation is not written in a smooth chronological order. It requires discernment to put  the "stammering lips" in order.  

 

          Isa 28:11  For with stammering lips and another tongue

         will he speak to this people.

          Isa 28:13  But the word of the LORD was unto them precept  

          upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon  

          line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and

          fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

 

Now to the some of the most revealing prophetic words we could read.

           Rev 21:1  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.

           Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming

           down from

           God out of heaven,  prepared as a bride adorned for her

           husband.

           Rev 21:3  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.

           Rev 21:4  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.

           Rev 21:5  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.

           Rev 21:6  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and

           Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is

           athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

           Rev 21:7  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be

           his God,  and he shall be my son.

           Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable,

           and murderers, and whoremongers, and  sorcerers, and idolaters,

           and all liar, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with

           fire and brimstone:  which  is the second death.

 

            There are so many elements in the above verses that are critical to the understanding of their true meaning that I feel compelled to digress from the overall subject to address these particular items.  It is imperative to recognize that this vision is not observing events from the perspective of time after the lake of fire. 

            Verse 1:  After this digression the new heaven and new earth will be thoroughly analyzed.   First the statement "no more sea" has to be dealt with.  It is understood that there will be seas during the earthly rule of Jesus because of what is revealed by Ezekiel.  Therefore, according to many, this must be in reference to the future time that would occur when seas are done away after the bench mark event of the lake of fire.     

            Eze 47:13  Thus saith the Lord GOD; This shall be the border,

            whereby ye shall inherit the land according to the twelve tribes

            of  Israel: Joseph shall  have two portions.

            Eze 47:15  And this shall be the border of the land toward the

            north side, from the great sea, the way of Hethlon, as men go

            to Zedad;

            Eze 47:18  And the east side ye shall measure from Hauran, and

            from Damascus, and from Gilead, and from the land  of Israel by

            Jordan, from the border unto the east sea. And this is the east

            side.

 

                What then is the singular sea that 21:1 is referring to?  It is a

 sea that has fulfilled its purpose!

.When God moves his abode to the earthly realm from heaven the

 sea of glass is never mentioned again. It had served its purpose. 

 

  

                 Rev 4:6  And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto

             crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the

             throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

             Rev 15:2  And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with   fire:

             and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over

             his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name,

             stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

 

                This sea will be no more !!!

 

            Verse 2:  The next consideration concerns new Jerusalem

Because of the following verses there are those that think that new

 Jerusalem is the Bride. 

 

               Rev 21:9  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which

            had the

            seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me,

            saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's

            wife.

            Rev 21:10  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and

            high mountain,

            and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem,

            descending out of heaven from God,

 

                No, the city is prepared as a bride adorned for her husband

 Who is the bride? That is shown  later in the chapter. The paper

titled     The Bride of Christ ---Her Abode and Destiny      gives much

more detail.

 

            Verse 3:  Next, we must determine when the tabernacle of

 God will be with men?     

           The words of Rev. 21:3 are so explicit.  The tabernacle of God is

 with  men, and he will dwell with them.  The word men is Strong's

 number.G444 and Thayer gives it the following definition  ---  1) a

 human being, whether male or female.  This is not speaking of that

 time in the future after the lake of fire.  It is speaking of the time when

 God will be dwelling with men during the millennium and the" last

 great day" of the Feast of Tabernacles.  
 

.           Chapter 40 to the end of the book of Ezekiel deal with the

 earthly (physical) millennial temple, its services and the distribution

 of land to the twelve tribes. The following are two of the concluding

 verses of the book of Ezekiel. 

 

             Eze 48:29  This is the land which ye shall divide by lot unto the

             tribes of Israel for inheritance, and -------

            Eze 48:35  It was round about eighteen thousand measures:  and

            the name of the city  from that day shall be,  The LORD

             is there.

 

           

            Verse  4:  Next, many people are assured that the statement

 "there shall be no more death" most assuredly defines the time

 being after the evil ones are thrown into the lake of fire.

 Considering the context of all of these eight verses "no more death"

 would be relating to the culture of death resided over by Satan.  The

 culture of life will be the result of Gods reign.  Not only that, adding

 up all the percentages of those who will die, up to the time when

 Jesus takes his throne to rule, we can conclude that the greater part

 of the world's population will die.  It is also helpful to compare

 Rev.21:4 to Rev. 7:16-17 

 

16  They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light  ( #4098 “beat” see other trans.)  on them, nor any heat (#2738;  painful & burning)

 17  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne  shall feed them, and shall lead   them  “unto” living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

 

          Notice this is all in a future tense using the beginning of the millennium from which the verses reveal the future.  As of that time those people are growing in the Spirit of God but are not yet “spirit beings”.  This growth will be the result of God tabernacling over mankind.  Yes, the former things ARE passed away. 

 

          Verse 5:  All things new including the heaven and earth.

 

          Verse 6:  The important thing here is again the future tense.   I will

          give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of   the water of

          life freely. 

 

            Verse 7:  Again future tense.  He that overcometh shall inherit

            all things. 

            Verse 8:  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable,

             and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters,

             and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which

             burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

           

 

            Now finally we can get to the subject at hand being the timing and overall effect of the new heaven and new earth.

 

            So many years ago, when I took notice of the thought provoking words provided by Isaiah as recorded in Isa.34:4, I had an initial thought.  It was that the stars looked to be falling to the ground. 

 

            Isa 34:4  And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and

            the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their

             host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and

             as a falling fig from the fig tree.

 

            But, In this verse the word "dissolved" doesn't seem to fit with

 a falling fig.  I had to check it out. It turns out that dissolved should

be rendered flow as revealed by the Gesenius' Lexicon. 

 

            H4743   A primitive root; to melt; figuratively to flow, dwindle,   vanish: - consume away, be corrupt,             dissolve, pine away.   Vitringa          states that the use of "melt" is very strange.  He understands that             "flow" is much more adequate and gives his Biblical reference for it.     (pg. 504 of the 1980 printing of the Gesenius lexicon).   

 

            So it seems that the host of heaven will flow or fall as a fig falls from a fig tree. This indicates that the angle of the earth axis will have to change to accommodate such an event.  This also provides a motivation to exhaustively investigate this idea.  As you will observe not only will the heavens be dramatically changed, the earth also will be drastically changed.  The following is the result of the investigation.  .    

 

             Isa 64:1  Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that

             thou wouldest come down, that the  mountains might

             "flow"  (H2151  A primitive root (compare H2107); to   shake) down at

             thy presence,

             Isa 64:2  As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the

             waters to boil, to make thy       name known to thine

              adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!

             Isa 64:3  When thou didst terrible things which we looked not         for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy

             presence.

            Isa 64:4  For since the beginning of the world men  have

             not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the

             eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath  prepared for

             him that waiteth for him.

 

            Joe 2:30  And I will shew wonders in the heavens and

             in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

            Joe 2:31  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon        into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD

             come.

            Joe 2:32  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call

            on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion

            and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and

             in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

 

            Isa 13:9  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both

            with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he

            shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

            Isa 13:10  For the stars of heaven and the constellations

            thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his

            going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

            Isa 13:11  And I will punish the world for their evil, and the

            wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the

            proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the   terrible.

            Isa 13:12  I will make a man more precious than fine        gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

            Isa 13:13  Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the        earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of  the

             LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

 

             Hag 2:6  For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a

            little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the

            earth, and the sea, and the dry land;

            Hag 2:7  And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all       nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory,  saith the

            LORD of hosts.

 

            Heb 12:26  Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath

            promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth

           only, but also heaven.

            Heb 12:27  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the

           removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that

           are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may

           remain.

            Heb 12:28  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which

           cannot be moved, let us have  grace, whereby we may serve

           God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

 

             The next scriptures will give a very good indication of when

 the angle of axis changes and

 therefore creating a new heaven.  It is important to note that the

 term "tribulation" is a direct reference to the troubles that Satan has

 brought to mankind.  Whereas, the wrath of God is never referred to

 as tribulation.   The elect will be gathered at the sound of the

 seventh trump which is also after Satan looses the dominion over

 the earth.  It is also noteworthy that the kingdoms become ruled

 over by both the Father and the Son. 

 

                Rev 11:15  And the seventh angel sounded; and there           were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of

                this world are become the kingdoms of  our

             Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and

                 ever.

 

                 Rev 14:14  And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and

                 upon the cloud one sat like  unto the Son of man,

                 having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp

                 sickle.

                 Rev 14:15  And another angel came out of the temple, crying            with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust

                 in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to

                 reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

                 Rev 14:16  And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his

                 sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

 

                       1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven             with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the             trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

                  1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall             be caught up together with them in the clouds, to             meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the             Lord.

 

                  Mar 13:24  But in those days, after that tribulation, the             sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her

                  light,

                  Mar 13:25  And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the

                  powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

                  Mar 13:26  And then shall they see the Son of man          coming in the clouds with great power and   glory.

                  Mar 13:27  And then shall he send his angels, and shall

              gather together his elect from the four winds, from

                 the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of

                 heaven.

 

                Mathew gives a more concise time when the stars fall being

 the result of the change of the angle of the axis. This establishes

 new heaven after the rotation ends.

 

                 Mat 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those             days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give             her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the             powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

 

                Joe 3:14  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision:   for

                the day of the LORD is near in the valley of   decision.

                Joe 3:15  The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the

                stars shall withdraw their shining.

               Joe 3:16  The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his           voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth

                shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and

                the strength of the children of Israel.

 

.              Now we come to consider the vast change that this earth is

destined to experience.  It is quite something that we are given the

 actual time that that this change will occur.  It is interesting that, at

 least in the vicinity of the hail, men were more angry with God with

 the hail rather than the earthly changes that are described.

 

                Rev 16:17  And the seventh angel poured out his vial

               into the air; and there came a great voice out of the

               temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

               Rev 16:18  And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings;

               and there was a great earthquake, such as was not

               since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake,

               and so great.

               Rev 16:19  And the great city was divided into three parts, and

               the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in

              remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine

               of the fierceness of his wrath.

               Rev 16:20  And every island fled away, and the

               mountains were not found.

               Rev 16:21  And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven,          every stone about the weight of a talent: and men

               blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the

               plague thereof was exceeding great.

 

              Eze 38:19  For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath  have I

              spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in

              the land of Israel;

              Eze 38:20  So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the         heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that

              creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the

              face of the earth, shall shake at my  presence, and the

              mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places

               shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

 

              Isa 24:18  And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from         the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that

              cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare:

              for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations         of the earth do shake.

              Isa 24:19  The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean               dissolved  (H6565  A primitive  root; to break up) , the earth is

              move exceedingly.

              Isa 24:20  The earth shall reel to and fro like a

              drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the

              transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall  fall,

              and not rise again.

 

            Jer 4:24  I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled

           (H7493 A primitive root; to undulate, and all the hills moved  lightly

           (swiftly).

            Jer 4:25  I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of

            the heavens were fled.

            Jer 4:26  I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness,

            and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the

            LORD, and by his fierce anger.

            Jer 4:27  For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall

            be desolate (H8077 Feminine of    H8076; devastation); yet will I

            not make a full end.

 

            Then in more poetic terms. 

 

             Mic 1:3  For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place,         and will come down, and tread  upon the high places of the         earth.

              Mic 1:4  And the mountains shall be molten under him, and th

              valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters

              that are poured down a steep place.

 

              Hab 3:6  He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and

              drove asunder the nations; and    the everlasting mountains         were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are

              everlasting.

 

               It is quite clear that at the terminal point of the change of the

 angle of the axis of the earth a  NEW HEAVEN will be established

.With the mountains not being found a NEW EARTH will be

 established.  With this knowledge we can better appreciate the

 prophecies given to us in Isaiah chapters 65 and 66.

 

               Isa 65:16  That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall

               bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the

               earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former

               troubles are  forgotten, and because they are hid from mine

               eyes.

                Isa 65:17  For, behold, I create new heavens and a new          earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor

               come into mind.

               Isa 65:18  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.

               Isa 65:19  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.

               Isa 65:20  There shall be no more thence an infant of days,            die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred

               years old shall be accursed.

 

               Isa 66:22  For as the new heavens and the new earth,

              which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the

              LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.

              Isa 66:23  And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon          to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all   

               flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

               Isa 66:24  And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases          of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm

               shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall

               be an abhorring unto all flesh.

 

               There is one more important question to consider. That

 question is generated by Zechariah 14:16  

 

               Zec 14:16  And it shall come to pass, that every one

               that is left of all the nations which came against          Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to

               worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the          feast of tabernacles.

 

           

            As is presently the case the people in the southern

 hemisphere have the opposite seasons of the northern hemisphere.

 Yet in Zechariah 14 all will come to keep the feast of tabernacles.  If

 The Southern hemisphere is to keep the feast in season with the

 rest of the world; the axis of the earth would have to be parallel to

 the earth's rotation around the sun.  This may very well be a

 purpose of the change in the angle of the axis of the earth that we

 will experience.   

 

The End

 

 

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