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June 21, 2012
The New Heavens and the New Earth
The New Heavens and the New Earth, and the New Jerusalem
God (Jesus) will make the New Heavens and the New Earth, which are called the Eternal State (Heaven). The city New Jerusalem will have 12 gates, and the street of the city was pure gold (Rev. 21: 21).
Isaiah 66: 22 says,
If someone suggests (basing it on his/her interpretation of Isaiah 65: 17, 66: 22, or II Peter 3: 1 - 14) that God makes the new heavens and the new earth at the beginning of the 1000 year reign of Christ, then he has to believe that God will create them twice. But it is clear that God will destroy the heavens, and the earth in Revelation 20: 11, and He will create the new ones in Revelation 21: 1 (after the 1000 year reign of Christ, Satan's final rebellion, and the Great White Throne Judgment are finished). And in II Peter 3: 13, and Isaiah 65: 17, there is additional information about that event. God does not create them two different times. Basically, John mentioned only one heaven with the earth because that is where we will dwell for all eternity. That's what John was about to tell us in the coming chapter (Rev. 21) but he cannot tell it all at once. So John starts out by telling us about the end of the world in Revelation 20: 11. (See also II Pet. 3: 7, 10.). He does that by telling us how God will destroy the heaven and the earth. Then he tells us about the last judgment in Revelation 20: 11, 12 - 15 and how God will make the new heaven and the new earth in Revelation 21: 1. After that, he begins to tell us all about the New Jerusalem, and how it will come down out of Heaven, the third Heaven, from God to the new earth. (See Rev. 3: 12, 21: 2 - 27, 22: 1 - 5, 14.).
By the way, the New Heavens and the New Earth will be created in the same space/area where the previous first heaven and earth were. (See "What About Ezekiel Chapter 47 Verses 1 - 12, and Revelation Chapter 22 Verses 1 - 5?".).
We will not dwell in the second heaven, but we'll dwell on the new earth. However, the New Jerusalem will extend into the second heaven, that is, the new heavens that will be made (Rev. 21: 1, II Pet. 3: 13). What I am trying to say is, after John finished telling us about the heaven(s), and the earth, and how they fled away from God's presence (Rev. 20: 11), and how they were destroyed, and how God (Jesus) judged the lost of all Ages (Rev. 20: 12 - 15), in the second heaven, at the Great White Throne Judgment, He then began to tell us about the New Jerusalem and how we will dwell in it. John then goes on to describe the New Jerusalem. (Read Rev. 21: 2 - 27. See also Isa. 65: 17.).
The New Jerusalem will come down out of the third Heaven, and it will rest on the newly created earth or be suspended above it, I'm not sure which, but it will be there in the new heaven(s) and the new earth. The New Jerusalem will be 1500 miles high (actually, each side is 1500 miles in length). Nothing will enter into the new heaven, the new earth or the New Jerusalem that will defile them in anyway (Rev. 21: 10, 27). No lost (unsaved) people. No Sin. No one will be able to make a mistake in any way. It will be impossible to sin in the new heaven, the new earth, and in the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21: 8, 22: 11, 15). You may say those verses have to do with the New Jerusalem only. Well, it is in connection with the New Jerusalem, but remember that New Jerusalem comes down out of the third Heaven from God, to the new heaven(s) and to the new earth. The thing I'm trying to point out is that the New Jerusalem is there in the new heaven(s) and the new earth, and the gates of that city are open continually. So, it is part of that whole Eternal State called Heaven.
If the belief that Isaiah 65: 17, 66: 22, II Peter 3: 13, and Revelation 21: 1 have to do with the beginning of the 1000 year reign of Christ. I say it cannot be possible, because the lost of all Ages are still in the heart (center) of the earth. They (the lost, the unsaved) will remain there until the 1000 years, and Satan's final rebellion, are finished. They will be taken out of Hades and will stand before Jesus at the Great White Throne Judgment and He will judge them (the lost of all Ages). No sin can enter into the new heaven and the new earth. Therefore, the unsaved cannot be there. There will also be some sin on this remodeled/repaired earth. Remember that this earth will be remodeled/repaired at the beginning of that 1000 year period. (Read Isa. 66: 21 - 24, Zech. 14: 9, 16 - 21.).
In talking about the new heaven, the new earth, and the New Jerusalem, read what Revelation 21: 8 and 22: 11, 15 says about those places. No sin and none of the lost of all Ages (unsaved) will be able to enter into the new heaven and the new earth at all. So Isaiah 65: 17, 66: 22, II Peter 3, and Revelation 21: 1 cannot be talking about the heaven and the earth that will be present during that 1000 year period. The New Jerusalem will come down to the new heaven and the new earth after the 1000 year reign of Christ is over. There will be no sin, and no lost (unsaved) people in them at all. The New Jerusalem will not come down out of Heaven before that.
During the millennial reign of Christ, God will not allow men to sin openly (in that newly renovated earth), such as: robbing, killing, raping, wickedness, violence, etc.... If they do, they will drop dead (Isa. 66: 24). However, men will still sin inwardly, but not outwardly (Zech. 14: 16 - 19). This newly renovated earth is not Heaven, but it will be beautiful. However, after the 1000 year reign there will be no sin in the new heaven and the new earth. Certainly, none of the lost (unsaved) will be on that new earth, or in it. They will be in the Lake of Fire somewhere far out in space in the second heaven. They were destroyed in Revelation 20: 11, 12 - 15. No sin can enter the third Heaven, the home of God. These people who were taken out of Hades are all lost. Therefore, they cannot get into the third Heaven where God lives.
"Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." (II Pet. 3: 13)
"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: 1)
"And there came unto me (John) one of the seven angels which had the seven vials (bowls) full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife." (Rev. 21: 9)
"And he (the angel) carried me (John) away in the spirit to a great and high mountain,..." (Rev. 21: 10)
That is the Heavenly Mount Zion (Rev. 14: 1) which John saw in this vision. He was in the spirit, remember (Rev. 4: 1 - 2).
"...and showed me (John) that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God," (Rev. 21: 10)
Just because one of the seven angels, which had the seven vial judgments, said to John, "Come hither, I will show thee (John) the bride, the Lamb's wife." does not mean that the New Jerusalem is the Bride of Christ, as some think. It is true that John wrote about the New Jerusalem that the angel showed him after making that statement. However, it is my belief that John saw the Bride, the Lamb's wife, in that city, New Jerusalem, before he wrote about the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21: 11-27, 22: 1 - 5, 14). John was not to write about the Bride who he saw in the city. But he, instead, was inspirited to write about the city that she (the Bride) was in. The New Jerusalem is a real city in Heaven (Rev. 3: 12). (Read also Rev. 19: 6 - 9 for the Bride of Christ and the marriage supper.).
"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: 3)
What a beautiful city that will be when we see it.
You can read the rest of the verses on your own. See Revelation 21: 4 - 27, and 22: 1 - 6.
"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still." (Rev. 22: 11)
Each person will be confirmed in their present, but permanent, state, whether he is saved, living with God for all eternity or, unsaved, spending an eternity with the devil and the unholy angels (demons).
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