New Heavens and the New Earth
manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking
for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being
on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new
earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 2 Peter 3:11-13.
The feet of the wicked will never desecrate the earth made new. Fire will
come down from God out of heaven and devour them--burn them up root and branch.
Satan is the root, and his children are the branches.
fire from God that consumed the wicked purified the whole earth. The broken,
ragged mountains melted with fervent heat, the atmosphere also, and all the
stubble was consumed. Then our inheritance opened before us, glorious and
beautiful, and we inherited the whole earth made new.
saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth
were passed away." Revelation 21:1. The fire that consumes the wicked
purifies the earth. Every trace of the curse is swept away. No eternally burning
hell will keep before the ransomed the fearful consequences of sin.
divides friends. It is a barrier between us and those whom we love. Our associations
are broken up by the broad, fathomless ocean. In the new earth there will
be no more sea, and there shall pass there "no galley with oars."
In the past many who have loved and served God have been bound by chains to
their seats in galleys, compelled to serve the purpose of cruel, hardhearted
men. The Lord has looked upon their suffering in sympathy and compassion.
Thank God, in the earth made new there will be no fierce torrents, no engulfing
ocean, no restless, murmuring waves.
that is beautiful in our earthly home remind us of the crystal river and green
fields, the waving trees and the living fountains, the shining city and the
white-robed singers, of our heavenly home--that world of beauty which no artist
can picture, no mortal tongue describe. "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared
for them that love him."
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