BIBLE DOCTRINE 21: THE NEW HEAVEN AND THE NEW EARTH
God’s Word teaches:
That the New Heaven and the New Earth “wherein dwelleth righteousness” will be made by God and the redeemed shall dwell with God forever. This present earth, which has been polluted by sin, will pass away after the Great White Throne Judgment – (Psalm 102:25,26; Isaiah 51:6; 65:17; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1). No unclean
thing will be there. We shall know each other, our knowledge having been perfected. There will be no more curse upon anything. There will be no more night; the glory of the Lord will be the light thereof – Isaiah 66:22; 2 Peter 3:12,13; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 1 John 3:2,3; Revelation 21:1-7; 22:1-5.
The present age in which we live is referred to in Scriptures as the “last days” (Hebrews 1:1,2). This age is very significant in the plan of God as it ushers us into another important series of events often called in theology as “Eschatology”. Also called the Church age, our present age is marked by evil, the dominion of Satan, darkness, ungodliness, lust, murder, lying and all manner of sins (Ephesians 6:12; Galatians 1:4). The Church is not left out. There is and there will be a denial of God, Christ, faith, sound
doctrine, and Christian living (1 Timothy 4:1-4; 2 Timothy 4:3,4; 3:1-8). The land is under a curse (Genesis 3:17). The devil and all his fallen angels walk to and fro the whole earth. The atmospheric heavens are polluted by the activities of Satan. The believers today grow under the harsh and hard conditions of the earth. They look forward to a change – a New Heaven and a New Earth wherein dwelleth righteousness and holiness. God has the ultimate plan to judge sinners. “And whosoever
was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”.
With the final judgment of sinners, God’s divine plan is to replace this polluted, evil earth and atmospheric heavens with a New Earth and a New Heaven that will match His glory, holiness, and righteousness (Revelation 21:1-8). “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind” (Isaiah 65:17). This gives a good picture
of what shall become of the present earth and heavens. All what we may call beautiful edifices and empires today will melt away in fervent heat because “…the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store; reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:7,10-14). The glories of men and all the so-called
“wonders” of the world shall not stand this fervent heat. Herein is wisdom: believers should lay up their treasures in heaven, not on earth “where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal” (Matthew 6:19). This new creation is entirely free from any taint of sin and therefore the consequences and effect of sin are absent. Here there is neither death, sorrow, pain, tears, nor separation from God (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:4). As God created the present heavens and earth, so will He create the New Heavens and the New Earth – NEW in quality and in TIME. The great, holy, and eternal heaven will have New
Jerusalem as its capital. This is the capital of the eternal state called the “Bride” because of its virgin beauty, unstained with sin. Here Christ and all the saints, from all ages will reside forevermore. Indeed, all things will be new. “Behold, I make all things new”. This is the eternal destiny of the saints from all ages. This is the place Jesus spoke about, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also (John 14:3). We shall appear with Him in glory and be like Him (Revelation 21:3; Colossians 3:4).
The Holy City, New Jerusalem, is a material city not a mystical one. Its beauty is beyond human description. About 15,000 miles in length and a breadth and height of about 15,000 miles, the streets are made of pure gold, as clear as glass. With walls of jasper and its twelve foundations garnished with all manner of precious stones, it has twelve gates of twelve pearls. The entire city wall is pure gold, as clear as glass. This is a city without any temple. The Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. “The city has no need of sun, neither of the moon to shine in it; for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.” The redeemed of all the earth shall bring their glory and honour into the city. This is a city whose gates are never shut (Revelation 21:16-26). The pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeds out the throne of God and of the Lamb. The tree of life by the sides of this river bears twelve manner of fruits monthly. These fruits and leaves are for the healing of the nations. “And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever: (Revelation 22:1-5). Words are insufficient to describe this new creation. But what will it take to partake in this inheritance?
In order to partake in this new inheritance, sinners must repent and believers must overcome. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things and I will be his God and he shall be my son” (Revelation 21:7). We must overcome the world (1 John 5:4,5; 2:15-17) and Satan (Revelation 12:11). False prophets, sin, and evil must not have dominion over us. We must flee from all appearances of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22; Romans 12:17-21). Whether they be persecutions or temptations, we must overcome to be part of this great inheritance (Revelation 2:10,26-28). The overcomer is the one that prevails and triumphs over all the works of the devil (Acts 19:16).
The sinner must be thirsty for righteousness and salvation. “I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” It will be too costly to miss this glorious experience. Sinners must repent today. Backsliders must return to the Saviour immediately! The life of the redeemed in this eternal city will be glorious. It will be a life of fellowship (1 Corinthians
13:12), rest (Revelation 14:13), full knowledge (1 Corinthians 13:12), holiness (Revelation 21:27), joy (Revelation 21:4), service (Revelation 22:3), abundance (Revelation 21:6), glory (2 Corinthians 4:17) and worship (Revelation 19:1; 7:9-12).
“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” (Revelation 21:8). There is punishment for the unrepentant and coward who would rather chose to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. They will suffer torment eternally in the lake of fire. We have only one life to live (Hebrews 9:27), therefore the believer must remain faithful and steadfast in the Lord, the sinner must repent and be saved, and the backslider must come back home and be restored. Negligence of this so great salvation will be unfortunate. We should not miss the glories of the New Heaven and the New Earth. Let him that hath ear, listen to what the Spirit is saying unto the churches. “Behold I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” (Revelation 3:11,12).
1. Admit that you are a sinner. "For all [humans] have sinned, and comes short of the glory of God....[and] the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 3:23)
2. Repent now. "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ...[for] if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness " (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9)
3. Believe that God loves you and Jesus died for you. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
4. Invite Jesus into your life through prayer of faith. Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20)