This is the 4th blog in my Heaven Revealed series. After being asked about Heaven on several occasions it inspired me to dig deeper into the scriptures to find out the answers to questions that I may have thought about as a child, but hadn’t considered until recently asked. So, for the next few weeks we are looking at what the scriptures say about Heaven. This week we are going to explore what scripture says about the “new earth” our final home for eternal life with our Heavenly Father.
Have you ever created something that you thought was perfect? Maybe it was a meal, painting, craft, paper, decoration or tidy house only to have it ruined, destroyed or broken by a child, a dog, individual or natural disaster? As I read back through Genesis for this week’s blog I thought about how God must feel after creating such an amazing place (Earth) only to see it ruined by sin and the people running around it. I encourage you to go back and read Genesis 1 and 2 in its entirety when you can.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. Genesis 1:31
He was happy with His creation and added man and woman to complete it. He was pleased, but then Adam and Eve created havoc on their paradise with sin and that’s how this crazy mixed up mess of a world we have now began. So, why would God ever want the final Heaven to be here on Earth after the mess we have made?
Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. Acts 3:21
Peter tells us in this verse from Acts that God will return and RESTORE everything. The definition of restore is: to give back (someone or something that was lost or taken); to return (someone or something); to put or bring (something) back into existence or use; to return (something) to an earlier or original condition by repairing it, cleaning it, etc.
Look at this from Revelation 21:1
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.
Our current or “first Heaven” that we talked about last week will pass away (and so will this old Earth) to make room for God’s restoration of His amazing creation. New Earth will be our final Heaven. Just like moving from that fabulous rental house with the pool you have lived in while waiting for the construction on your custom home to be completed.
For clarity, there are really two Heavens. The one we go to immediately after death and then the final one when God restores and reigns on Earth again.
Now that we have the two Heavens figured out, we will begin to look at more specific questions about what we will do, be like and know in Heaven. To close today, please reflect on these verses from Isaiah 65 that describe the New Heavens and Earth. It’s a glorious reminder of what we have to look forward to when we believe and trust in our Savior, Jesus Christ and the eternal life He has secured for us through His blood.
“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. 19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more. 20 “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed. 21 They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands. 23 They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the Lord, they and their descendants with them. 24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,”says the Lord (v. 17-25)