Sunday, July 5, 2020

The Revelation of Christ – Part 47: A New Heaven and New Earth

The Revelation of Christ –
Part 47: A New Heaven and New Earth
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | |

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Today we will be looking at the Lord creating the New Heaven and New Earth and talking about why this has to be.

SERMON SERIES – The Revelation of Christ


Part 47 – A New Heaven and New Earth


Revelation 21:1-8

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

             I.        THE OLD ORDER OF THINGS
a.    The first heaven and earth had passed away
                                                 i.    John sees the New Heaven and New Earth

                                               ii.    The old has passed away
1.    This happened in Revelation 20:11 “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.”

2.    This took place at Judgment when all who ever existed, were called to be judged, and the books were opened, just after the Judgment of Satan and all those who followed and served him.

                                              iii.    “and there was no longer any sea” meaning no more oceans.
1.    There will still be lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, however only one large mass of land so everything will be one and there will be no division of property.

b.   The new Jerusalem
                                                 i.    The New Jerusalem then came down from heaven prepared as a beautiful bride.

                                               ii.    A loud voice from heaven saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them.”

                                              iii.    Remember the things that were on earth during the old order “represented” the things that were in heaven.
1.    The ark, judgment seat, the temple, Jerusalem (meaning city of peace)

                                              iv.    Now that the earth is cleansed, sin and evil have been removed, the earth is now pure and holy and can house that which was in heaven.

c.    The new order
                                                 i.    God will wipe every tear from our eyes (no more sorrow)

                                               ii.    There will be no more death (Revelation 20:14 death and Sheol – the place of departed spirits, were both cast into the lake of fire because there would be no more “dying”, and therefore no more use for the place of departed spirits, so both were cast away forever.)

1.    I believe God (Alpha and Omega, First and Last, Beginning and End) Created “time” in Genesis 1:1-5 “the first day”.

2.    Now that the New Earth has been created, and we have received our new bodies, death was cast away because no one will age from this point on. There is no longer a need for “time”, I believe this is what is cast into the pit in Revelation 20:14, called death, it was actually “time”.

3.    Isaiah 25:7-8 “On this mountain (Mount Zion/New Jerusalem) he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples (FLESH-we get new bodies),

the sheet that covers all nations (SHEOL-place for departed/dead people’s spirits);

he will swallow up death forever (TIME-no longer needed after Judgment Day).

The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces;

He will remove his people’s disgrace (SIN) from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.”

4.    We see the flesh is replaced with a new perfect body; Sheol is destroyed because it is no longer needed and time is no longer needed because there will be no more aging or dying.

                                              iii.    There will be no more mourning
                                              iv.    No more crying
                                               v.    No more pain
                                              vi.    The Old Order of things has passed away

           II.        I AM MAKING EVERYTHING NEW
a.    New heaven, new earth & new Jerusalem
                                                 i.    A New Heaven – because the old had tasted sin (Revelation 12:7-10 “war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”)

                                               ii.    A New Earth – because the old had tasted sin (Genesis 3)

                                              iii.    A New Jerusalem because the old had tasted sin (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15-16; 2 Thessalonians 2:4)Antichrist stands in the third temple in Jerusalem and claims to be God during the Tribulation)

                                              iv.    A New US! – Because our flesh was sinful, so we will receive new bodies! (Philippians 3:21)

b.   The new us!
                                                 i.    Like Jesus, we too will receive resurrected bodies
1.    Linked to Christ (Philippians 3:21 “Christ will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself”

2.    Literal Flesh/Body – John 20:27 Thomas could touch Jesus; Luke 24:39 Jesus said; “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have…”

3.    Our mortal bodies re-configured/rebuilt sinless and perfect – Romans 8:11 “If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit that dwells in you.”

4.    New Abilities – Jesus’ resurrected body was not constrained by physical objects. He appeared in a locked room! John 20:26

5.    Our current flesh is a SEED, once sowed will be harvested a new, transformed thing 1 Corinthians 15:37-38

6.    It will be POWERFUL – 1 Corinthians 15:43 “It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.”

7.    We will be more than resurrected perfect flesh, we will also have a spiritual body as well – 1 Corinthians 15:44

8.    We will be IMMORTAL and INCORRUPTIBLE – 1 Corinthians 15:42; 1 Corinthians 15:53

9.    We will be glorious in form – 1 Corinthians 15:43

10.         Perfect and Righteous – Philippians 1:6

11.         Unique from one another – 1 Corinthians 15:41-42 “There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body”

12.         We will still be “us” – 1 Corinthians 6:14

c.    Because darkness (sin) has no place with light
                                                 i.    The new heaven, earth, Jerusalem and US is because in the end, after judgment, there will be only pure, perfect, sinless everything.

                                               ii.    2 Corinthians 6:14 “what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”

                                              iii.    NOTHING…and it will no longer exist in our realm, for everything sinful, evil or vile will be cast into the eternal lake of fire where it will be trapped for eternity.

          III.        IT IS DONE
a.    I Am the beginning and the end
                                                 i.    Vs 6 “It is done.” God says this because it is! We are still in TIME, linear, moving through it from beginning to end, however outside of this dimension, IT IS DONE, COMPLETE, FINISHED!

1.    This is why true prophets of God are 100% accurate, because they reveal the reality of what has already taken place.

                                               ii.    To the thirsty (those desiring the Holy Spirit) I will give water without cost (all has been done!) from the spring of the water of life. (Jesus)

b.   To the victorious
                                                 i.    Those who surrendered themselves to the Lord in life (saved)
                                               ii.    They will inherit all this. And I will be their God and they will be my children.

c.    But to the unbelieving
                                                 i.    Untrusting, cowardly, vile, sexually immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idolaters, murderers and all liars

1.    John 8:44 “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

2.    Do all liars go to hell? unrepentant, habitual liars go to hell. Thankfully, repentant liars — like Peter, the Christ-denying apostle — can repent sincerely, put away lying, and be forgiven by the Lord.

3.    Unbelief, cowardly, vile, sexually immoral, witches, idolaters, murderers and liars CAN confess their sin, repent and be forgiven!

4.    Those who do not repent, are not forgiven.

                                               ii.    THEY will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur

                                              iii.    THIS is the second death

The Fiery Lake of Sulfur – Gehenna, the final resting place for the Antichrist, the False Prophet, Satan and all of those who worshipped the Beast or his image, or served and followed Satan or the Antichrist in battle against the Lamb of God, and all of those whose name is not written in the Lambs Book of Life.

Is it a party in hell with your friends? Do you just ‘stop existing” because it’s called the second death?

Revelation 20:10 “…the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

Isaiah 66:24 “they will go out and look on the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; the worms that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched”

Is your name in the Lambs Book of Life? It must be written in! Only Christ can do this,

NEXT WEEK: The New Jerusalem, the Bride of the Lamb

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