A New Heaven and a New Earth…

In studying the Book of Revelation, it is always wonderful to get near the end of the book… because as we enter chapters 21 and chapters 22… we see that one day sin will be eliminated and the Saints in Christ Jesus will have eternal peace and joy with our Savior… and we see that pictured for us in Revelation 21:1 which reads:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. A new heaven and a new earth… and as you read on, a new Jerusalem… all things made new.

However, prior to getting to those chapters, one needs to progress through the chapters before them to get a true appreciation of how terrible it is going to get and what we have been redeemed from.

For example, it is going to get so bad in the “latter days” in heaven and on earth that we read in Revelation 12:7… And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war… probably at about the middle of the tribulation time… around the time of the “Abomination of Desolations” spoken of by Daniel the prophet and Jesus our Lord… there is going to be an actual war in heaven! Incredible!

But, Satan and his minions are no match for Michael and his angels… and then we read one of my favorite verses in the bible… Revelation 12:9… And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.  Satan will once and for all be cast eternally out from heaven. That is very encouraging to me.

I do not know why God allows Satan access into heaven today… but from Job 1 and we know that he does have access… not unlimited access, but access nonetheless… and he gives reports and accusations to God about us. But, his days are numbered and he is quickly running out of time… and I am so grateful that we have our advocate, the Lord Jesus in our corner to counter Satan’s accusations.

As I stated, I do not know why precisely, God allows that old dragon access into heaven… but this I absolutely do know: wherever that old serpent goes, he makes a mess… he is a mess maker, that’s what he does.

So, I began wondering one day about Revelation 21… I understand why God needs to create a new earth and a new Jerusalem… Satan has made a truly awful mess of things down here… but why does God create a new heaven? And I think the answer is found in Revelation 21:7 which reads, concerning the new Jerusalem, but I believe can and should be applied to the new earth and heaven as well… God says, through John the Revelator:

and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

You see, when all that redeemable on earth have been born-again into eternity with God through the blood sacrifice of Christ on the cross… and God is going to restore things to their Garden of Eden state for eternity… He has to do that with heaven as well… because Satan has been allowed access to heaven… sin entered into heaven and made a mess of things… and that has to be cleaned up just as the earth and Jerusalem needs to be made new. Nothing unclean or abominable will be allowed there.

And that is wonderful news… because at that time… the Lord tells us in Revelation21:4:

and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.

And that is truly something to rejoice about. One day, this worlds sorrow and pain will be eternally replaced! Keep looking up Saints!!

 

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