Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | October 7, 2011

The New Heaven and the New Earth, Part 4

In addition to the obvious questions about our relationship to God there are several aspects of eternity that are of interest including, but not limited to what will the earth and the heavens look like, what will be the nature of our lives, how will the responsibilities of the Church differ from the responsibilities given to Israel, and who are the nations and where will they come from.

One of the first things we learn in Revelation 21 is the new earth will be different and there will be no sea. Some believe this indicates an absence of all large bodies of water on the new earth but this may only refer to the Mediterranean Sea and not other large bodies of water. The only water specifically mentioned is the river of the water of life referenced in Revelation 22:1. The very fact that it is flowing suggests a destination which could be some larger body of water. 

The New Jerusalem comes down out of heaven and is huge with a large square base that is 1,500 miles on each side and 1,500 miles high. The Bible is unclear whether it exists in the form of a cube or a pyramid; only time will tell on that The New Heaven and the New Earth, Part 4point. The New Jerusalem is believed to have been in orbit around the earth during the Millennium and was visible from earth.

When the old heavens and earth are destroyed by fire the New Jerusalem will be one of the few things that are delivered from this destruction. After the creation of the new heavens and earth the New Jerusalem will descend down to earth and rest on its surface where it will remain for all eternity.

We are told of its beauty and “the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.” We are told it will have no need for sun or moon “for the glory of God did light it, and the Lamb is the lamp of it,” Revelation 21:23b. We are also told as a result of God’s glory there will be no night in the New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:25.

Although the New Jerusalem will have no need of the sun or moon I believe the sun and the moon will exist. The glory of God will be such that their light is simply not necessary in the New Jerusalem.

We will continue in Part 5.

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