Truth, Understanding, Insight

New Heavens and New Earth

17th December 2005, seh,mgh


1) Popular Belief About The Earth's Future

A popular Christian belief is the destruction of the earth and of the faithful being taken away and given some new everlasting abode, when the Messiah returns to the earth. This concept of the destruction of the earth presents contradictions in the Bible. One would expect that there should not be any contradictions in the inspired word of God. This contradiction has its origin in the second epistle of Peter, which states the following.

“The elements (that) shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.' (2 Peter 3:10)

Old Testament Details About the Earth's Destiny

In contrast many references occur in the Old Testament about the last days when the Lord will judge the nations from Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:2-4) and following a major war, the Lord will dwell in Zion and Judah 'shall dwell forever.'(Joel 3:17-20) Those who are left of the nations that fought against Israel 'shall come up from year to year to worship Yahweh'. (Zechariah 14:16) There are many other passages that convey the same message and we are told that the earth abides forever.' (Ecclesiastes 1:4) Isaiah 66 and the book of Revelation mention a 'new heavens and a new earth.' In considering this issue, it is essential that we examine the occurrences of the use of the phrase a 'new heavens and a new earth' in the Biblical records.

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