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
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming
God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her
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
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
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
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
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
seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me,
saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's
Rev 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and
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
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
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
Verse 7: Again future tense. He that overcometh shall inherit
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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