“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband….He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. ” — Revelation 21: 1-2, 4.
Are there others who believe as we do in the concept of “a new heaven and a new earth” or we the only ones? Here are a few quotes that might convince you that we are not alone!
“The place (Heaven) is not an ethereal realm of disembodied spirits, because human beings are not suited for such a realm. A place is by nature physical, just as human beings are by nature physical. What we are suited for–what we are specifically designed for–is a place like the one God made for us: Earth.” — Randy Alcorn, Heaven, page xx.
“…God never gave up on His original plan for human beings to dwell on earth. In fact, the climax of history will be the creation of new heavens and a New Earth, a resurrected universe inhabited by resurrected people living with the resurrected Jesus (Revelation 21:1-4” — Randy Alcorn, Heaven, page xx.
Randy Alcorn is a best-selling author of the book called “Heaven,” who has reached thousands and thousands of people. His has done great Biblical research on this subject and has laid down a great foundation on it. I do not agree with all of his theology, which I will discuss that on later blogs. One of his greatest contributions on this subject is the fact that Creation itself is part of Christ’s redemption. Everything that has been affected by sin will be redeemed to it’s original status.
He has not been afraid to tackle some topics that have been tabu to talk about in theological circles. He pushes us to use our imagination without speculating.
Here is another one of his quotes:
“Satan hates the New Heaven and the New Earth as much as a deposed dictator hates the new nation and new government that replaces his. Satan cannot stop Christ’s redemptive work, but he can keep us from seeing the breadth and depth of redemption that extends to the earth and beyond. He cannot keep Christ from defeating him, but he can persuade us that Christ’s victory is only partial, that God will abandon his original plan for mankind and the earth.” — Heaven, pg. 11.
Doesn’t that sound just like a quote out of the Great Controversy? Here is another one:
“Satan need not convince us that Heaven doesn’t exist. He need only convince us that Heaven is place of boring, unearthly existence. If we believe that lie, we’ll be robbed of our joy and anticipation, we’ll set our mind on this life and not the next, and we won’t be motivated to share our faith. Why should we share “the good news” that people can spend eternity in a boring, ghostly place that even we’re not looking forward to?” — Heaven, pg. 11
Prayer: I thank You Father for Christ’s atoning sacrifice for all mankind and beyond. Thank You for restoring us and redeeming us through Christ, to our original home: the New Earth. I look forward with great joy and anticipation our redeemed and resurrected home!