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Summary: Why would God re-create the heaven and the earth? Why should we look forward to it?

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"Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. 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. 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” (Isa. 65:17-19, NIV).

We read in the opening sentence of the Bible, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).

God is Creator.

We read in Psalms 148:1-5:

“Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD from the heavens, praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created.”

Also, we read in Revelation 4:11:

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created

and have their being."

But He also said, “I will create new heavens and a new earth.” He will re-create the heavens and the earth!

While He allows pain, crying and even evil to prosper in the present world, in the new earth, He said, “The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. 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… the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.”

The fulfillment of His Words is pictured in chapters 21-22 of Revelation.

If ever we are blessed with comfort and security at present on this earth, we need to realize that the present “heavens” including this earth will be destroyed (2 Peter 3:12). As God’s children, we should not be contented in this the present reality, “But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13).

Instead of finding or seeking for a more secure, or for a better place on this earth – our greater longing should be for the new heaven and the new earth.

But why?

Because in that reality, “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away"?

Because “…the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal”?

Because we find there “The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl”?


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