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Summary: Will we see A New Heaven and a New Earth?

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INTRODUCTION

I have been asked numerous times over the course of the last ten or more years: Will there really be a New Heaven and a New Earth? The simple answer is ‘Yes’ there will be; which often leads to a sermon on that very subject.

SERMON

Hebrews 4:14 tells us that nothing in God’s creation is hidden from His sight. We also know that there is nothing that escapes Him concerning us specifically. Job tells us that “He knows the way I take (JOB 23:10).” No one knows what God knows. As He told Job, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth (JOB 38:4)?”

Our God knew before the beginning of time that His earth would have to be destroyed by water. It was no spur of the moment thing—no last-minute decision on His part. He also knew that He would one day send His only begotten Son to this re-corrupted world to save us from our sin. This was all part of His plan—from the beginning—even before Genesis 1:1, “In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

It was also always known to Him that man and his sin would corrupt and further destroy His creations: both Heaven and Earth. I have no doubt that our God knew that man would wreak havoc on this planet’s ecosystem including our air and water.

He knew that sin would run so rampant that He would have to intervene once again in what is called the “End Times.” Satan would continue to claim his stake in God’s creations including man himself. Satan would cause man to war against his brother and slowly destruct everything that was once beautiful— “It is good (GENESIS).”

The “End Times” or “Last Days” as described by Jesus Himself in Matthew, is the part of God’s plan where two things occur: 1) Man (those who believe in His Son Jesus Christ) are rescued and rewarded and 2) Satan and this world he has corrupted is totally destroyed and those responsible for its corruption are punished for eternity.

It was never part of God’s plan to destroy this planet of ours by water. Its total destruction would take millennia to come to fruition. God knew it would be His final act that would replace His heaven and His earth.

Our first scripture today is from 2 Peter 3:1-9 [NKJV]…

[1] Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), [2] that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, [3] knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, [4] and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” [5] For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, [6] by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. [7] But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. [8] But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. [9] The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.


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