New Heaven and New Earth


“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’

He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’

He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.  But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.’”  (Revelation 21:1-8)


The world won’t terminate with Christ’s Second Coming.  Our traditional way of life will end, but God will create a New Heaven and a New Earth.  Those who died in Christ will live in the New Heaven in body and soul and those who will live on Earth won’t experience the existential pain.  Earth will be like God had originally designed it before man’s sin.

The Book of Revelation is difficult to interpret, but Chapter 21 is explicit.  Those who die with the Lord will be always with the Lord either in Heaven or on Earth.

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