Behold I Make All Things New

Today’s selected reading continues in and concludes the New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ as it was given to the apostle John on the island of Patmos. More specifically today’s passage is found in the twenty-first and twenty-second chapters of this New Testament book. “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe way every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said to me, Write, for these words are true and faithful. And He said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murders, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:1-8).

 

            “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plaques came to me and walked with me, saying, Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel. The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrystolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh Jacinto, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass” (Revelation 21:9-21).

 

            “But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. It’s gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” (Revelation 21:22-27).

 

            “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:1-5).

 

            “Then he said to me, These words are faithful and true. And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book. Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who whose me these things. Then he said to me, See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God. And he said to me, Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:6-11).

 

            “And behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward is with me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through t he gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murders and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. I, Jesus, have sent my holy angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let him who hears say, Come. And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:12-17).

 

            “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19).

 

            “He who testifies to these things says, Surely I am coming quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” (Revelation 22:20-21).

 

            When you come to these two chapters of the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ—not only do you come to the final two chapters of the book itself but you come to the final two chapters of the totality of Scripture. With the twenty-first and twenty-second chapters of the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ we find the beginning of all things—and not merely the beginning of all things but the beginning of all things which are made new. Perhaps one of the greatest declarations found within these chapters are the words which we see in the fifth verse for within this verse we find the apostle John hearing the One who sat upon the throne making a wonderful and powerful declaration. The delectation that was made by the One who was seated on the throne is something which we must needs recognize and understand for it strikes at the very heart of the word and message of the gospel. If you turn your attention to the words and message of the gospel you will find that at the very heart and center of it is the declaration that the living and eternal God makes and has made all things new. In fact if you consider the words the apostle Paul wrote in the second epistle written unto the Corinthian saints you will find what is perhaps one of the greatest truths and declarations concerning the transformation which takes place within the hearts and lives of those who make the decision to walk with and follow the Lord Jesus Christ. What’s more is I am convinced that in addition to the words we find in the fifth chapter of the second epistle written by the apostle Paul unto the Corinthians we must also consider the words which are found in the fifteenth chapter of the first epistle written unto those same saints. Consider if you will the following words concerning the living and eternal God making all things new within the life of a believer—and not only in the life of a believer but also at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ:

 

            “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed” (1 Corinthians 15:1-11).

 

            “Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most pitiable” (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).

 

            “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For he has put all things under His feet. But when He says all things are put under him, it is evident that He who puts all things under Him is expected. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:20-28).

 

            “Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead? And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? I affirm, by the boasting in which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If, in the man of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die. Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits. Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 15:29-34).

 

           

            “But someone will say, How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come? Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam became a living being. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the. Natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man” (1 Corinthians 15:35-49).

 

            “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O hades, where is your victory? The sting of death is sine, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:50-58).

 

            Consider if you want the following words which are found in the fifth chapter of the second epistle written by the apostle Paul unto the same saints which were at Corinth:

 

            “Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to use the work of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:16-21).

 

            At the very heart of the words which the apostle Paul wrote in each of these chapter is the understanding that God desires to make all things new in Christ Jesus. Perhaps one of the greatest truths and realities about the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is that through His sacrifice, through His suffering and through His death and resurrection He made all things new. We dare not and must not miss nor lose sight of this and how absolutely incredible it truly this is for it brings us face to face with the beautiful truth of that which is created in God. It is indeed true that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, however, through the sin of one man death entered into the world. From the time of Adam sin and death have reigned and have reigned until Moses, have continued to reign until the time of Christ, and continue to reign within and upon the earth. Although God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning and even formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life sin and death have corrupted both the creation of God and man himself. From the time of Adam until the present sin and death have reigned within and upon the earth which is why it is so absolutely incredible the words which the apostle Paul wrote unto the Corinthians in the fifteenth chapter of the first epistle. Within this passage of Scripture the apostle Paul would write that there is coming a day when death is swallowed up in victory. The apostle Paul would also go on to quote the words which ask “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”

 

            Having said and written all of this I find it absolutely necessary to call and draw your attention to the words which are found in the fifth chapter of the epistle written by the apostle Paul unto the saints which were at Rome. I am also convinced there is a great need to recognize and understand the words which the author of the epistle written unto the Hebrews wrote in the first and second chapters of that particular epistle. Within these passages of Scripture we not only find that sin and death entered the world through one man’s disobedience and transgression but we also read of how through the obedience of another man righteousness and life entered into the world. It is true that sin and death entered into the world through Adam and that sin and death reigned until the time of Christ, however, we must needs acknowledge that through Christ life and righteousness have been re-introduced within and upon the earth. It was the apostle Paul who emphatically declared that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation and that old things have passed away and all things have become new. This particular passage not only speaks of old things passing away and all things having become new but a continual process of old things passing away and all things becoming new. There is a great need for us to recognize and pay attention to these words for at the very heart and center of them is the understanding that when God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils he was created in a perfect state. Through sin and transgression in the garden, however, sin and death would be introduced into the world—and not only would sin and death be introduced into the world but it would reign from the time of Adam until the time of Moses and the Law in the wilderness and until the time of Christ. It would be through Christ when He would redeem the creation of God and would conquer sin and death which up until that time had reigned in man from the time of Adam. Oh consider if you will the following words which are found in the first and second chapters of the Old Testament book of Genesis, the words which are found in the eighth chapter of the poetic book of the Psalms, the words which are found in the fifth chapter of the epistle written unto the saints which were at Rome as well as the words which are found in the first and second chapters of the epistle written unto the Hebrews:

 

            “Then God said, Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth. And God said, See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is one he face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything t hat creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day” (Genesis 1:26-31).

 

            “This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist wen t up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree elf life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil…Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. And the LORD God said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him. Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man, And Adam said: This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of man. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:4-25).

 

            Within these two passages of Scripture we find the account of God creating man upon the face of the earth—and not only creating man from the face of the earth but also ordaining and appointing man for specific assignments and tasks upon the earth. If you read the words which are found in the first chapter of the book of Genesis you will find that God desired to create man in His image and according to His likeness—this would be in the image and according to the likeness of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. What’s more is that when you read the words which are found in this passage you will find that when God created man in His image and after His likeness he ordained them to have dominion upon the earth over every thing that moved upon the face of the earth. Not only this but God blessed them and gave them the command to be fruitful and multiply, to fill the earth and subdue it, and to have dominion upon it. In addition to this we also find that the living God would provide for man from the earth as He would give them every herb that yields seed and every tree whose fruit yields seed for food. Thus within the account of the creation of man we not only find them ordained to have dominion upon the earth, not only commanded to be fruitful and multiply upon the earth while filling and subduing it but also provided for as the LORD God would give unto them food to sustain them. This is something which warrants strong consideration on our part for if you want to understand why you were created and formed upon the earth it is to exercise dominion and authority upon it, it is to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and to enjoy the provision of the living and eternal God. It is with this in mind I invite you to consider the following words which are found in the eighth chapter of the Old Testament poetic book of the Psalms beginning with the first verse:

 

            “O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth, who have set your glory above the heavens! Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants you have ordained strength, because of oyur enemies, that you may silence the enemy and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you visit him? For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and you have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of your handed; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen—even the beast of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth” (Psalm 8:1-9).

 

            Please don’t miss and lose sight of the words which are found in this passage of Scripture for with these words David explains and expounds upon the creation of man from the dust of the earth. When David considered the heavens, the work of the fingers of God, the moon and the stars which He had ordained he was humbled at the thought of how God was mindful of him and the son of man that he visited him. Not only this but David would go on to express a mighty revelation concerning man—a revelation that would be echoed by the author of the epistle written unto the Hebrews. It would be the author of the epistle written unto the Hebrews who would echo the words which were written by the David—not only to express and speak of the reality of the creation of man but also of Jesus Christ Himself coming in the form of human flesh and blood. I am absolutely convinced we have a great need to recognize and understand the words which are found in this passage of Scripture for it helps us to understand the words which the apostle Paul wrote unto the saints which were at Rome. I believe that if we are to truly understand the words which the author of the epistle written unto the Hebrews wrote in that epistle there is a great need to first consider the words the apostle Paul wrote in the epistle written unto the saints which were at Rome concerning sin, concerning death, concerning the transgression of Adam and concerning the obedience of one man—the person of Jesus Christ—which would introduce righteousness, obedience and life. Having said this I invite you to consider the following words which are found in the fifth chapter of the epistle written by the apostle Paul unto the saints which were at Rome:

 

            “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:1-5).

 

            “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. BVut God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation” (Romans 5:6-11).

 

            “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—(For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the One Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one man’s righteous act the free gifts came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one man’s obedience many will be made righteous. Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 5:12-21).

 

            Now consider the words which the author of the epistle written unto the Hebrews wrote—not only concerning the creation of man from the dust of the ground but also of Christ who came in the likeness of flesh and blood and took upon Himself the seed of Abraham. Jesus allowed Himself to be made a little lower than the angels for the purpose of suffering and death. If there is one thing we must recognize and understand when considering the words found in the epistle written unto the Hebrews it’s that the suffering, the death, the resurrection and ultimately the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ made possible the creation of all things brand new. The words which we find in the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ must needs be considered and understood for when the One who was seated upon the throne declared that He made all things new that reality was made possible by and through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is because Jesus came in the flesh—and not only came in the flesh but also suffered and died upon the cross as a sacrifice—the One who is seated upon the throne can make all things new. What’s more is that when you read the eighth chapter of the epistle written by the apostle Paul unto the saints which were at Rome he writes and speaks of creation yearning and groaning as it waited for the manifestation of the sons of God. This is something we must needs understand for it brings us face to face with the awesome and wonderful truth surrounding the reality of the manifestation of Jesus in the flesh and His suffering and death which is the foundation of the One seated upon the throne making all things new. Consider now if you will the following words which are found in the first and second chapters of the epistle written unto the Hebrews as well as the words which are found in the eighth chapter of the epistle written unto the saints which were at Rome:

 

            “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they” (Hebrews 1:1-4).

 

            “For to which of the angels did He ever say: You are my Son, today I have begotten you? And again: I will be to Him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says:  Let all the angels of God worship Him. And of the angels He says: Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire. But to the Son He says: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter or righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your companions. And: You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak you will fold them up, and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will not fail. But two which of the angels has he ever said: Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:5-14).

 

            “For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying: What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:5-9).

 

            “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation, perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctities and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying: I will declare your name to my brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to you. And again: I will put my trust in Him. And again: here am I and the children whom God has given me. Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, he Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy Him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does not give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:10-18).

 

            With all of this being said I find it necessary to now call and draw your attention to the words which the apostle Paul wrote in the eighth chapter of the epistle written unto the saints which were at Rome. It is here in the eighth chapter where we read of creation groaning in expectation and longing for the manifestation of the sons of God. When we read the words which are found in the final chapters of the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ we find the creation of a new heavens and a new earth for the old heaven and earth passed away. This is important to recognize and understand for the apostle Peter—when writing the second epistle—also wrote about the creation of a new heavens a new earth and the passing away of the old. In addition to this we also have the ancient Hebrew prophet Isaiah who prophesied and foretold of a new heavens and a new earth which would be created. Oh I am absolutely convinced there is a great need to recognize the words which are found in the first chapter of the Old Testament book of Genesis for in order to understand the words which are found in the twenty-first and twenty-second chapters of the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ you must understand how it all began. With this being said I invite you to consider the following words which are found in the first chapter of the Old Testament book of Genesis and then considering the words which are found in the prophetic book of Isaiah, the second epistle written by the apostle Peter, the words which are found in the eighth chapter of the epistle written by the apostle Paul unto the saints which were at Rome. Consider the following words which are found in these passages of Scripture beginning with the first and opening verse of the first chapter of the book of Genesis:

 

            “IN the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, Let there be light; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Then God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day. Then God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Sea. And God saw that it was goodThen God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, who’s seed is in itself, on the earth; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day. Then God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and hearts; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day. Then God said, Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens. So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth. So the evening and the morning were the fifth day. Then God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God bless them, and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth. And God said, See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day” (Genesis 1:1-21).

 

            It is in the first chapter of the Old Testament book of Genesis we find the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything that is present within them. There is a great need for us to pay attention to the words which are found in these passages of Scripture for in order to understand the creation of the new heavens and the new earth you need to understand the creation of the first heavens and the first earth. What’s more is there is a great need to understand how the old heavens and the old earth will indeed be dissolved with fire as a new heavens and a new earth will be created by the living and eternal God. The apostle Paul emphatically wrote about the groaning and yearning of the old creation for the manifestation of the sons of God according to righteousness. This is something we dare not and must not miss and lose sight of for the apostle Peter wrote about the destruction of the old heavens and the old earth as preparation would be made for the new heavens and the new earth. Oh I am absolutely convinced we need to consider the words which the apostle Paul wrote in the eighth chapter of the epistle written unto the saints which were at Rome as well as the words which are found in the second epistle written by the apostle Peter for within these verses and passages of Scripture we encounter and come face to face with the absolutely wonderful and powerful truth surrounding the destruction of the old heavens and the old earth. What’s more is there is also a need to understand how the living and eternal God destroyed everything that lived and moved upon the earth during the days of Noah to cleanse it by water. It would be during the days of Noah when the living and eternal God would cleanse the earth through a flood that would cover the face of the whole earth. Consider if you will the following words which are found in the eighth chapter of the epistle written by Paul unto the saints which were at Rome, the words which are found in the third chapter of the second epistle written by the apostle Peter as well as the words which are found in the sixth and seventh chapters of the Old Testament book of Genesis:

 

            “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the ear test expectation of the creation eagerly waits 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; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty to the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs to get her until now. Not only that but we also have the firstfruits of the Spirits, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance” (Romans 8:18-25).

 

            “Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation. For this they willfully forget: that by the water and in the water, by which the world that then existed, perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:1-9).

 

            “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:10-13).

 

            Consider the following words which are found in the sixth and seventh chapters of the Old Testament book of Genesis concerning the days of Noah and the great deluge and flood which came upon the face of the whole earth and destroyed everything that lived and had breath upon the earth:

 

            “Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the LORD said, My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years. There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, The end of all flesh has come before me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark…” (Genesis 6:1-14).

 

            “And behold, I myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. And you shall take for yourself; and it shall be food for you and for them. Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did” (Genesis 6:17-22).

 

            “Then the LORD said to Noah, Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his camel; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth. For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made. And Noah did according to all that the LORD commanded him. Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth. So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. Of clean animals, of animals that are unclean, of birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth, two by two they went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah. And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month. On that day all the foundations of the great deep were broken up, and the window of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and fort nights. On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark—they and every beast after its kind, all cattle after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. And they went into the ark to Noah, two by two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life. So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in. Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So he destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were all destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days” (Genesis 7:1-24).

 

            It is at this point where I would like to leave you with the words which the ancient Hebrew prophet Isaiah wrote in the sixty-fifth chapter of the prophetic book which bore his name. I am absolutely convinced we must needs understand and acknowledge this for it calls and draws our attention to the awesome truth of the creation of a new heavens and a new earth. After the LORD God destroyed the earth and everything that was in it with a flood He promised that He would never do so again by a flood. What the apostle Peter references within his second epistle is that the heavens and the earth are not reserved unto a flood in the midst of the judgment of the living God but are reserved unto fire as the heavens and the earth will dissolve and melt with fervent heat and with fire. With this being said it is absolutely necessary we understand that the living and eternal God is indeed going to create a new heavens and a new earth and is going to completely destroy that which is old that he might make all things new in Him in Christ Jesus. This is a hope which we as the saints of the living and eternal God have for in addition to this the living and eternal God is going to create a new Jerusalem which will come down from heaven. This is the beauty and splendor of the words which are found in the final two chapters of the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Having said this I find it absolutely necessary to call and draw your attention to the following words which the prophet Isaiah emphatically declared in the final verses of the sixty-fifth chapter of the prophetic book which bore his name:

 

            “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and my joy in my people; the voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying. No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; for the child shall die one hundred years old, but the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of my people, and my elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth children for trouble; for they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, says the LORD” (Isaiah 65:17-25).

 

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