Heaven and Earth will pass away…Mark 13:31 What? When? How? Why? The bible concludes with a declaration that God has now created a new Heaven, a new Earth, and a new Jerusalem. And this is where believers will spend eternity.
Notes and Outline
At the end of the Millennium, we will be removed from this earth to the New Jerusalem the Lord has been preparing for us, and from that vantage point, we will witness the greatest fireworks display in history as God envelops this earth in fire, burning away the pollution of Satan’s last revolt (2 Peter 3:10-13). Out of that fiery inferno will come new heavens and a new earth where we will live forever in the New Jerusalem in the presence of Almighty God and His Son (Revelation 21:1-7).
This is GREAT news and flies totally in the face of the global warming religion. Man will not destroy the earth, God will. And God will make a new one. If you can’t believe He made the first one, you can’t believe He’ll make the second one. Genesis 1-2; Revelation 21-22. Amen.
I. The Gog - Magog War Against Israel Eze 38,39* Rev 20:7-10
Many modern Bible prophecy teachers declare that Israel will soon be invaded by Russia, Iran and surrounding Arab nations in the very near future
II. 2nd Resurrection and Great White Throne Judgment 2 Peter 3:7; Rev 20:11-15
III. Present Earth, Heavens Destroyed by Fire Matthew 24:35; 2 Peter 3:7-13; Rev 21:1
Notice, the following:
•The present heavens and earth will be destroyed by fire on the same day as the final destruction of ungodly men occurs—all taking place on the day of the great white throne judgment (2 Peter 3:7; Revelation 20:11-15).
•The destruction will occur to both the heavens and the earth (2 Peter 3:10,12).
•The NIV indicates that the heavens will "disappear with a roar," and the KJV says that the heavens will "pass away with a great noise" (2 Peter 3:10).
•The NIV says that the "day [of the Lord] will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire" (2 Peter 3:12). The implication is that destruction will happen after the day of the Lord has transpired.
• After the first heaven and earth have passed away, there will be "a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness" (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1). Even Jesus affirmed, quite clearly, that the present heaven and earth will pass away (Matthew 24:35).
Look how that passage, from Second Peter, is a direct parallel of the following passage, found in Revelation, after the millennial period is over:
Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. ... Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. ... Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. ... He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" (Revelation 20:11,14, 21:1,5)
Heaven is home. Christians have always thought of going to heaven as going home.
On earth, we always orient towards going home.
Taken from scripture, we find…
- Home is about comfort.
- Where friends come to visit.
- Only good things will happen in our heaven home. Jesus said He goes to prepare our home for us.
- When we or a loved one dies, we go to a better home, a better party. When we step through the door everyone is so happy to see us! We go around greeting, hugging, kissing.
- In the 1000 yr Kingdom the only new entries are babies of natural bodies. In the New Earth there are no new people.
- As heaven transitions from present heaven to 1000 yr kingdom to new earth it just keeps getting better. We go from 1) spiritual existence that has physical elements, to 2) resurrected earth, to 3) new earth. Like getting that brand new car or brand new home. Got that new car smell!
- The resurrected earth period will be much like living in a huge garden that we traveled to with ease. Upon arrival we start nesting and setting up things. We have much daylight and unending energy. We wanna go outside and play. We wanna go talk to the neighbors or check in with others we’ve been longing to see but haven’t yet.
- We are unrushed because our frame of reference of time has been 80 years not 1000!
- As we settle in and start planting we watch as things blossom so easily and beautifully. We are relaxed because we know no-one is there to do us harm. Snakes and spiders will not concern us. We can’t wait to go fishing in that great river.
- At the same time we know God is preparing this heavenly city to come out of heaven down to earth. Something to look forward to!
- At the end of the 1000 years all of the elements are burned up with fire and we find ourselves in an entirely new earth with a new heaven and a new Jerusalem. Almost like looking in the distance at Oz, except that we’ll be in the City.
- As it lands on earth like a huge spaceship it’s beauty is beyond anything we’ve known. The great river starts flowing out from the throne past the gates and walls out onto the new earth.
- We walk along the streets that are paved with gold. Which gate will we use? The walls are spectacular, kinda clear, made of jasper. The foundations are made of beautiful jewels in them.
- As we encounter people we know they only speak truth, kindness, love to us. They are real. No hidden agendas. No talking behind our backs. No conflicts with other people. No cliques.
- We are feeling so safe, secure, happy as we see God literally sitting on His throne and Jesus there next to Him. We can talk to them directly. His name is actually on our foreheads!
- How long before we decide we want to leave this extravagant city and go out through the incredible gates of one huge pearl and put our feet on the new earth?