Memorise 2 Peter 3:10-13
“the first heaven and the first earth were passed away”
WILL THERE BE A NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH?
The heaven and the earth that God created in Genesis will one day be obliterated. This truth is mentioned in Revelation 21:1—“for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea”. This is a repetition of Revelation 20:11, “from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away: and there was found no place for them”. The passing and fleeing away of the first heaven and the first earth undoubtedly refers to the destruction of this physical world we live in, which consists of the earth, the atmospheric heaven and the sea. This sphere of man’s livelihood which was good and very good (Genesis 1:31) in the beginning before sin contaminated it cannot be inhabited anymore by a new society of sinless perfection after the Great White Throne Judgment. In view of the space (stratosphere and ionosphere) immediately above the earth being also contaminated by the clutter of space junk now orbiting and by man’s audacious landing on the moon, the solar system will be destroyed inasmuch as other planets are also invaded and polluted by puny man’s uncanny machines.
This is generally predicted by the apostle Peter in 2 Peter 3:10-13. He declares that in the final day, “heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up”. The whole world as we know it shall be destroyed.
In giving us this teaching, Peter is merely echoing Isaiah, “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come to mind” (Isaiah 65:17). That heaven and earth shall pass away is repeatedly declared by our Lord in his sermons (Matthew 24:35, Mark 12:31, Luke 16:17, 21:33) further confirms Peter’s statement and throws light on Revelation 20:11 and 21:1.
Thus in light of that, we would do well to take heed to Peter’s advice, whereby he exhorts us to live circumspectly while we are yet on the earth. Knowing that everything physical around us will be gone one day, our purpose and goal in life ought to be seeking after the things of God and not of this world.
Thought: Heaven and earth are temporal, but the words of the Lord are eternal (Matthew 24:35).
Prayer: I praise Thee O Lord that Thy Words are forever true.