New Heaven and New Earth

In the recent years I have written about New Jerusalem as the consummation of many spiritual matters throughout the Bible. These topics include the garden of Eden, water of life, oneness, holinessshadows of New Jerusalem in Psalms, living in versus living around New Jerusalem, mercy, living stonesunsearchable riches of Christmaturing in Christian life, and more.

This post begins a series focused on Revelation 21. In verse 1 John tells us, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and the sea is no more.”

Revelation 21 begins “And” to link the appearance of the new heaven and new earth with the termination of the devil, death, and Hades. The old creation was old because of rebellion against God. The new creation is new because of God’s renewing work and the elimination of rebellion and the devil, the source of rebellion.

New JerusalemThe termination of the old creation is described in 2 Peter 3:10: “The day of the Lord will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the elements, burning with intense heat, will be dissolved, and the earth and the works in it will be burned up.”

The sea is the result of God’s past judgments. Since in Revelation 20 all judged things were cast into the lake of fire, this lake has replaced the sea and there is no more need of the sea. See also New Heaven, Earth, Jerusalem; No Sea.

This change in the creation opens the door for New Jerusalem to come down out of the new heaven to settle on the new earth.

 

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