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New Heaven and Earth
“See, 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. “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old
man who does not live out his years; the one who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere
child; the one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed. They will build
houses and dwell in them; they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they
build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so
will be the days of my people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands.
They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will
be a people blessed by the Lord, they and their descendants with them. Before they call I
will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb will feed
together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They
will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the Lord. Isaiah 65:17-25
God creates the new heaven and earth after the 1000 year reign of Christ. This is when
God comes to live with us here on earth. This is explained in two places, in Isaiah 65 and
in Revelation 21. First, a little background.
After the Tribulation and the 1000 year reign of Christ on earth, the devil is set free from
the bottomless pit where he spent 1000 years and soon after leads a rebellion against God.
When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out
to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather
them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the
breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire
came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was
thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been
thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20:7-10
Notice that the devil gathers a following of people so large that they are like sand on the
seashore. Not everyone will want to live under Jesus' rulership. After 1000 years of life
on earth where there is no evil or wars, the population increases very rapidly. There will
be three different groups of people on earth during the 1000 years. There will be Jesus,
the angels, the resurrected and raptured believers in their eternal bodies, and the "sheep"
from Matthew 25 who will be the survivors of the Tribulation who are believers in the flesh,
and they are the ones that will have re-populated the earth. They will not get eternal life
until they die just like we do, but that will happen immediately upon death as there will be
no more resurrections or raptures during the 1000 years. There cannot be because
Jesus will be on earth then. So they will not have to wait in their graves for the
resurrection like we do. If you are not familiar with this concept, I suggest you read my
study After We Die for clarification.
After this, all the dead unbelievers who ever lived will have their "day in court" and will be
cast into the lake of fire where they will perish. Then death and Hades will be cast into the
lake of fire because they will no longer be needed. Rev 20:11-15. No one will have to wait
for the resurrection or rapture anymore. Those believers who are in the flesh will
eventually die, but they will go directly from death to eternal life without waiting. So it's
not really a death, it's simply an instant transition, similar to those who were raptured. We
will see this more clearly later in Revelation 21. Those who are not believers during the
1000 years will join the devil in his march against Jerusalem and fire will come down and
destroy them. There will also be others who did not join the rebellion, but are rebellious
in their hearts and they will also be dealt with at that time.
These scriptures pretain to the harvest which is at "the end of the age". It also says that
Jesus will send his angels who are the harvesters and they will "weed out of his kingdom
everything that causes sin and all who do evil." What does "his kingdom" mean? The
only time that Jesus will have "his kingdom" on earth will be during the 1000 years. So
here is how this works. The devil is loosed after 1000 years in the bottomless pit. He
gathers an army of people to rebel against God and surrounds Jerusalem. Fire comes
down from heaven and destroys them. The devil is cast into the lake of fire. Then Jesus
sends out his angels to "weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who
do evil." These are the rebellious unbelievers who did not join the devil's army, but were
supporters of them in their hearts. So Jesus gets his angels to round them up and throw
them in the fiery furnace. Then there are no more unbelievers left, only believers. And
only then will the new heaven and earth be created and God will live here on earth with us.
First lets look at Revelation 21 and then Isaiah 65.
Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good
seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds
among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the
weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow
good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ “‘An enemy did this,’ he
replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “‘No,’ he
answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with
them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First
collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it
into my barn.’”
Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said,
“Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He answered, “The one who sowed
the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the
people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows
them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. “As the
weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of
Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that
causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there
will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the
kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear. Matthew 13:24-30 + 36-43
Also notice Matthew 13:47-50 which says the same thing. “Once again, the kingdom of
heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it
was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the
good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the
blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. The "end of the age"
is after the 1000 years, so mankind had 6,000 years, and Jesus had 1000 years which
brings it to 7,000 years, which is the end of the age. God works in 7's.
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had
passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her
husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is
now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God
himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things
has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”
Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To
the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who
are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those
who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery
lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Then God creates the new heaven and earth, and there is no longer any sea. This means
that the earth has 70% more land now, and it will be needed because there will be many
many people on earth. In fact, he just may make it a lot bigger than the current earth for
this reason. The new Jerusalem is going to be 1400 miles by 1400 miles square and 1400
miles high. If it is in Israel which I believe it will be, today Israel is only 12,800 square
miles in size. The new Jerusalem will require 1.9 million square miles. I believe that the
new Jerusalem will be placed on the land which God promised Abraham, but that is just
my opinion as I don't have a scripture for that.
There is no mention of people who were in the flesh during the 1000 years being changed
in any way, so they go into the new heaven and earth in the flesh as well. There will be
no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed
away. We already discussed how this will work. There will still be people who are in the
flesh just like we are now, in the new heaven and earth, and when they die, they will
instantly go from death to life. So there will actually not be any "death" as we
understand it now. Notice that the sentence says that There will be no more death or
mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Mourning,
crying and pain are associated with death. When someone dies, those that are left
behind feel that way. But things don't happen that way anymore, the "old order of things"
has gone. Now people go directly from death to life, so there is no need to mourn, cry, or
feel pain because they will still be with us.
Also notice that the lake of fire is there as well. I believe the purpose of it is for those who
will rebel against God, they will be cast into the lake of fire, the same way that Jesus sent
his angels to do this. God will not tolerate rebellion, and those that do so will be cast into
the lake of fire. If you notice Revelation 22:14-15 we are again told that only believers will
be able to enter Jerusalem, the unbelievers will be "outside" which is where the lake of
Here we see another description of the new heaven and earth, notice that it emphasizes
the fact that there will be people who are "in the flesh" that will live on the earth. It states
that the days of them will be like that of a tree. Adam and Eve's generation lived that long,
and now they will again. And again, we are told they will die, but it will not be like now, and
when we compare it to Revelation 21, the same thing will happen, they will go from death
to life. So life will be perpetual. People will be born in the flesh, they will live for 800 or
900 years and when they die they will go instantly from death to life if they are believers.
This is also why we are told that there will be no more weeping or crying. And they will
have descendants which confirms that this will go on and on. This is exactly what God
intended for Adam and Eve had they not sinned. Now that we will have come full circle, we
will take up where they left off and God's plan will continue. Also notice that in Revelation
22:1-2 the tree of life again appears in the new heaven and earth. The last time it was here
was in the Garden of Eden. Also notice that the animals will again eat plants and not each
other. This was God's original plan as in Genesis 1:29-30, both man and animal were
And all those that are born will still have to choose to serve God just like we do. But it will
be much easier to make that choice without the devil deceiving them and with God's
presence there. However notice in Revelation 21:27 speaking about the New Jerusalem
that ..Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or
deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. So if there
will be any unbelievers on the earth they will not be allowed into the new city of Jerusalem.
There will be many nations on the earth and kings as well. They will come to Jerusalem to
worship and pay their respects to God.
"The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into
it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and
honor of the nations will be brought into it." Revelation 21: 24-26
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its
temple. Rev 21:22
There will be no need for a temple because now all believers will have direct access to God
and can walk with him and talk with him and they will "see his face and his name will be on
their foreheads." Rev 21:4
This is a summary of what the new heaven and earth will be like, and those that are born
again and serve God will inherit all this. It's been quite a trying journey, but it has the
happiest ending ever.