New Heaven and New Earth

Revelation 21:1: “I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away.” God created the heavens and the earth for His purpose, but it is not until there are a new heaven and a new earth that New Jerusalem appears.

The new heaven and new earth are also in 2 Peter, “according to His promise we are expecting new heavens and a new earth.” The “promise” is God’s word in Isaiah 65:17.

New JerusalemIt is easy to understand that the earth was damaged by the fall of man, and thus God plans a new earth. We need to realize that heaven was also damaged by the rebellion of Satan. At least two verses speak of God’s response to this damage.

Colossians 1:20: “Through Him [Christ] to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross—through Him, whether the things on the earth or the things in the heavens.” Here the things in the heavens need reconciliation to God, which was accomplished by Christ.

Ephesians 1:10 “Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him.” God’s intention is to head up things in the heavens in Christ, indicating that some were not headed up since Satan’s rebellion.

Although there will be “the restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21), God desires to go further and have a new creation for His eternal dwelling, New Jerusalem. Thus, there will be the new heaven and the new earth and the new city Jerusalem after everything negative is cleaned away by the judgments in Revelation 20.

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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  1. Edward Rowland

     /  January 13, 2018

    What is “headed up” what a curious expression, seems designed to confuse, and it does.


    • “Head up” is the opposite of “fall down.” Because the sinful nature entered into man, all humanity is “down.” This sin brings forth sins, evil acts. By His life imparted into men who believe into Him, Jesus Christ will gradually head us up, and then head up all things on earth. Christ is the Head (Ruler, Director, Leader) and we are being brought up out of our sinful condition in and by Him.


  2. The New Heaven and New Earth is about global awakening to the reality of God. It is more of an all encompassing information on the divine things that are around us. It is the end of the mystery of God.


    • This blog is not about “divine things around us.” It is about God in Christ Jesus coming into us through a new birth in spirit to live in us, transform us into His image, and be expressed through us.


  3. Glenn

     /  August 29, 2018

    2 Peter 3:10 clearly says that the heavens will pass away with a roar,…and the earth and the works in it will be burned up. This is the heaven and earth of the old creation from Genesis 1. The new heaven and new earth will replace the old heaven and old earth that were corrupted by Satan’s rebellion. This is not some “global awakening,” but a literal new heaven and new earth having been renewed, refreshed, and refined so as through fire. Don’t be surprised when believers also pass through refining fire.


    • Thank God for the renewing! And 1 Peter 1 likens the proving of our faith to gold passing through fire.



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