The Bible speaks about many things that are yet to come, things such as:
- The future of the nation Israel
- The future of the church and the rapture of the church saints
- The Great Tribulation
- The 45-day post-Tribulation period
- The antichrist
- The future of Jesus
- The Millennium
- The future judgments and resurrections
But after all is said and done, there is going to be a new heaven and a new earth. But why? What’s wrong with this earth?
We get a glimpse of the need for this in Romans 8:19-22:
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
This planet has become polluted by evil over thousands of years now. And after the Great Tribulation, it will be virtually unrecognizable from what it is today. And God has promised to re-create this planet and its whole atmosphere in the future.
We see the most detailed description of this in Revelation 21:1-8:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Here are some observations:
- The earth and its atmosphere, as part of this solar system, will come to an end.
- There will be a re-created heaven and earth.
- There will be 71% more land mass, since there will no longer be a sea.
- There will be a new Jerusalem that will be three-dimensional.
- God Himself will dwell among mankind.
- There will be no pain or sorrow by those living in this eternal state, and no death.
- This new heaven and earth will only be inhabited by believers.
This will truly be a “heaven on earth” experience. Heaven is where God dwells, and He will dwell on this new creation with us, in our midst, without any wants or needs, no crying or pain and no death, eternally!