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One day God's gonna make a new heavens and earth
Isaiah 65:17

Scriptures: Isaiah 65, Isaiah 66:22, Revelation 21:1ff, 2 Peter 3

In Psalm 19:1-4 it says; "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world."

Of all that God has made, what takes your breath away? What makes you marvel? Is it the uniqueness of snowflakes, the beauty of the rock formations, plants and their flowers and colours, etc?

Despite the beauty and majesty of God's creation, the present heavens and earth are passing away

They are subject to decay. They are failing. The earth is falling apart. The sun is slowly burning out. The mountains are crumbling. Animals and plants are becoming extinct. The resources of the earth are being consumed. The creatures that God has made, including us, are becoming genetically weaker.

Some additional thoughts about the present heavens and earth

1. The present heavens and earth point to God; It bears God's unmistakeable signature

The earth, the stars, the sky, the animals, the fish- all the things that God has made-- its all awesome. All these things point to the glory, wisdom, power, knowledge, creativity, and transcendence of God-- who is worthy to be praised (Rev.4:11).

Note the message of Romans 1:20 "Since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities- his eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."

2. The present heavens and earth point to the joys of Heaven

The very best of God's creation and it's wonders gives but a shadowy glimpse into the wonders of Heaven and the life to come with God. Such reminds me of 1 Corinthians 13:12 which says; "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face." While such refers to Christ and his glory, the principle applies as it pertains to the joys which await those who love and serve God in Spirit and in truth.

3. Some aspects of the present heavens and earth point to the terrors of Hell

While some parts of the earth and people and creatures turn our thoughts to the joys of Heaven, the opposite is also true. Some situations on earth are like a precursor to Hell. Some situations, some people, some creatures, some places are so vile that it makes one wonder if Hell could be any worse.

The Bible speaks much of Heaven and Hell. Christ spoke more about Hell than Heaven -- warning people of it, calling them to faith in Himself that people might not die in their sins and go there (John 8:24).

4. The present heavens and earth are polluted, corrupted, and stained by sin and our rebellion against God.

The earth we live on is a giant graveyard. As fascinating as it is for us to dig up bones of dead things, the truth is, the presence of dead things points to something the Bible talks about: The wages of sin is death.

Death is all around us. Strangely enough, our world celebrates death (on TV, in movies, in print, Mardi Gras, the Witches New Year (aka Halloween)

5. The present heavens and earth groan-- longing for the day of redemption

Note the message of Romans 8:18-25 "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

6. The present earth, this is the place where one makes a decision as to where they will spend eternity-- whether it be Heaven or Hell

When you are dead, it's too late to turn to God for the forgiveness of your sins. When you are dead, it's too late for you to choose the service of the Lord.

Seek the LORD while He may be found. Repent of your sins and turn to the LORD while it is today. In Hebrew 4:7 it says; "Today if you hear his voice do not harden your hearts." Hebrews 4:11 also says, in effect, make every effort to enter into the rest of God.

To receive the gift of forgiveness and peace with God the Bible tells us plainly to put our faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. As Christ himself has said "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" John 14:6.

7. This present world is not our true home

Philippians 3:18-21 says; "For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body."

In Hebrews 11:8-10 it says; "By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God."

8. One day God will make a new heavens and earth

Key texts: Read Isaiah 65:17, Isaiah 66:22, 2 Peter 3:1-10, Revelation 21:1-8

Some things about the new heavens and earth

1. It will be perfect in every way

It will not be affected by sin. Death will not touch it. Disease will not be present. There will be no sorrow, no tears of sadness, no regrets, no loss, no sickness, no pain.

2. The Garden of Eden and the Promised land of Israel -- a land flowing with milk and honey, serve as pictures of what it will be like

3. Those who inhabit it will have joy and gladness

In Psalm 16:11 David says of the LORD and of Heaven; "You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand."

4. The former things will not be remembered Isaiah 65:17

The sufferings of this life, the sins of this life, the disappointments of this life: They will not be a care or a memory

5. It will last forever

While the present heavens and earth is passing away, such will not be the case for the new earth

6. It will surely come just as the LORD has promised

In Isaiah 45, which we considered some weeks ago, God declares that He is the one true God and that their is no other. One of the proofs that God offers for this assertion is fulfilled prophecy. To his people he, in essence says "No one else tells you the future and has it happen exactly as said. Believe in me on the basis of how I've told you the future accurately so many times."

Here is another promise of God and the same appeal can be made. Belief this promise on the basis of the truthfulness and accuracy of the Scriptures and because of God's perfect track record as it regards prophecy.

7. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life will dwell in it

Speaking of the new Jerusalem that will be at the centre of the new Earth, Revelation 21:27 says "Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

It belongs to the faithful, to those who worship God in Spirit and in truth, to those who are humble and contrite, to those who tremble at His Word (Isaiah 66:2) See also Isaiah 65:13-22.

In thinking of the new earth and heavens belonging to the servants of God, all texts associated speak quite clearly about of the absence of the wicked and their punishment while the people of God enjoy the presence of God.

8. At it's centre will be the New Jerusalem- the glorious city of God

Revelation 21-22 speaks of this city-- it's size, it's inhabitants, it's glory, it's, majesty, it's streets of gold, the presence of Christ, it's perfection

9. As originally intended for this earth, on the new earth there will be perfect fellowship with God

Before Adam and Eve rebelled against God, He walked and talked with them. There was perfect harmony between them and God. Such will be the case in the world to come.

10. Jesus stands at the centre of the promise of a new heavens and earth

The Book of Isaiah and the Bible is all about Jesus. Every promise is "Yes" in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20). Jesus is the judge who determines who is welcomed in. The Book of Life itself is called "The Lambs Book of Life". In the new Jerusalem Christ sits upon the throne. As Jesus was involved in the first creation (Colossians 1:16), so He will be in the second.

CONCLUSION

How ought we to live as we await for God's promise regarding the new heavens and earth?

Expectantly, Eagerly, Faithfully, In accordance with God's word, not according to the desires of the sinful nature but in a holy fashion, knowing that this world is not our home and that Christ has gone to prepare a place for us (John 14:1-6)

Read 2 Peter 3:11-15, Also note that in Romans 8 there is additional instructions.



Note: If you are not right with God on His terms, what's stopping you from humbling yourself, confessing your sin, putting your faith in Christ as Savior and Lord. If you do so, the mercy of God will be extended to you and you will be forgiven and you will have peace with God and be an heir of His perfect and good promises.