reply to post by Rex282
Text The book of Revelation is not about literal predictions or prophecy of historical events.It is written in symbols (metaphors ) and
signs(numbers).It is about one thing only. The salvation of God to ALL humanity.Not for just a few but everyone.
Thank you for your opinions of your belief. No one can prove they are spot on in their theological understanding of scripture and actually I can't
say that I understand everything because there probably isn't any one person who can understand the entire Christian philosophy.
With that said, then lets simply not include Revelation in my thread and concentrate on the rest of the scriptures.
Starting with Isaiah, let's try to understand his prophecy unless you say that he also uses symbols (metaphors) and signs. Before I begin there is
one thing that I believe everyone should respect and that is that the manuscripts used in most Christian bibles were not chapters and verses but were
separated by thought, So to be honest let us read the bible in the same manner. Not pull verses or partial verses out of context. This may take
several postings to establish my thoughts.
Isaiah the 64 the chapter finds the prophet lamenting the sins and disbelief that people have for his God. He is sorrowful in that sin has destroyed
the purpose that God has intended for His people. Isaiah the 65 chapter finds Isaiah’s lamenting turn into chastisement and from chastisement into
prophecy of the rewards of love for his God. This brings us to the explanation of these rewards starting in chapter 65:17-25
Isaiah 65:17-25 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
18 - But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
19 - And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
20 - There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but
the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 - And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
22 - They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine
elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 - They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.
24 - And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
25 - The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not
hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
Note that in the 17th verse Isaiah states that his God tells him that He will create new heavens and a new earth. The very first thing that must be
understood is that of the belief of renewal or new creation. There are several camps in Christianity who disagree in this very first premise. Does
God mean that He will renew the present day city of Jerusalem or will He create a New City of Jerusalem? Will God renew our universe or will He
create new heavens as is stated?
2Peter 3:10-14 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 - Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 - 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
13 - Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
14 - Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
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