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Why a New Heaven and New Earth?

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone.

When you read that verse, and other verses talking about heaven being replaced with a new heaven, you might be confused. If heaven is meant to be the perfect, holy place, why would God destroy it and replace it? It basically comes down to sin. Sin is unclean, Things that have been touched by sin have become unclean.

Okay, that makes sense for making a new earth. It's basically a planet of sin. But why destroy heaven and replace it? Sin can't touch heaven, can it? Well, yes it can, and has. Lucifer was cast out of heaven because of his sin.

The impact of sin on the current state of heaven and earth is profound, as it has resulted in a curse on the entire creation. This curse has affected not only the physical aspects of the world but also the spiritual and moral dimensions, permeating every aspect of life with the consequences of sin. This includes death, suffering, evil, and the pervasive presence of sin in all of humanity. The need for the replacement of the old heaven and earth is therefore imperative in order to address and eliminate these ramifications of sin.

The Book of Revelation vividly portrays the necessity of replacing the old heaven and earth. It symbolically describes the eradication of sin and the restoration of creation to a state where sin, evil, suffering, and death are completely absent. This depiction underscores the pivotal role of the new heaven and new earth in bringing a sense of hope and anticipation for believers. It offers the assurance of an eternal dwelling place where God will eventually wipe away every tear from their eyes, signaling the end of all sorrow and pain.

One of the most striking features of the new earth is the presence of the New Jerusalem, which is described as a city of unparalleled beauty and significance. This city serves as a symbol of the intimate connection between God and His people, as it is depicted as descending from heaven to the new earth.

When delving into the understanding of Satan's falls and access to heaven from a dispensational perspective, it's essential to consider the different heavens and timeframes involved. The Bible portrays three distinct heavens, the Earth's atmosphere, outer space, and the throne-room of God, each with its own significance and purpose. This sheds light on Satan's access to various heavenly realms, providing a nuanced understanding of his influence and activities across different dimensions.

For instance, Satan's original fall from the third heaven is depicted in verses from the books of Isaiah and Ezekiel, highlights his initial rebellion and expulsion from God's immediate presence in the third heaven. Furthermore, when examining specific instances such as Satan's interaction with God in the book of Job and his casting out of the second heaven onto Earth in the book of Revelation, it becomes evident that his influence is relegated to earth presently. This comprehensive perspective enables a deeper understanding of the gradual nature of Satan's fall.

However, if you notice, the new heaven and earth happen after Satan is cast into hell, along with the other unsaved. Therefore, sin will be unable to touch the new creation once it's completed. This means even the current heaven has to go, but the new heaven and earth will most definitely be even better than they currently are.


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