A New Heavens and a New Earth – Part 1

“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!

2 thoughts on “A New Heavens and a New Earth – Part 1”

  1. Hi Vance, thank you for writing this journal. I am working my way through it a little at a time and am amazed that all this was going on in your life last year. You amaze me in how you are sharing and living with HD through the grace of Christ! Wow! I started the book “Heaven” but could not finish it. There was too much I did not agree with. But I stumbled across another book that I really liked called “Surprised by Hope” by Dr. NT Wright. It is also about heaven. Very good theologically, I thought. Then I am currently reading “Jesus Manifesto” by Leonard Sweet and F. Viola. Great, great book! I am almost finished. I feel like I could read both again and learn even more. You are in my prayers…

    The grace of Christ be with you,
    Karen Greenawalt

    1. Karen: Thank you so much for you comment on my blog!! I am always encouraged when someone leaves a message. I actually bought N.T. Wright’s book. “Surprised By Hope” and started reading it and couldn’t finish it. I think his position on Creation is that the Earth and the Universe have been around for millions and possibly billions of years, as well as Demski and Ross..I do believe his theology on the Resurrection is good…It’s his theology on what happens after that I am not in agreement with. But as for the purposes of Hope, I find Randy’s book a lot more encouraging..but that’s just me…:) I am going to look into the book you mentioned…Thank you my friend for stopping by my blog..Remember that if the church ministry doesn’t work out for you, there is always VITAS…you have the gift that so many chaplains are lacking…hear the voice..hear the voice…hear the voice…

      I have been dealing with this since 2007, almost three years and I have some good days and I have some bad days…at this time I am going through a rough ride in my journey and I had actually taken a break from the blog..but with HD, it is hard to stick to any project..hahaha (good excuse right!)..and I was getting too fat and tripping all over the place (I actually fell a couple of steps down a patient’s apt. and hurt my knees,so for a while I have been getting in rehab so to speak)..and so I joined a gym again and I am feeling physically better again…I need to give myself at least 6 months to a year to get back in shape before I sit back down..but who knows, it might be less….

      Thanks again for your comments and feel free to leave any comment, I will read it.

      Vance

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