reply to post by jmdewey60
The point of the "new heaven and new earth" is there will "truly dwell righteousness".
The same "us" will be there, but living righteously.
So it's not literally a 'new' earth, but one that has been judged of its unrighteousness.
I thought you knew your Bible better than that.
Revelation 21:1 - And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Revelation 21:11-12 - 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 12
And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve
tribes of the children of Israel:
Revelation 21:18-23 - 18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second,
sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the
ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every
several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. 22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord
God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did
lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
Revelation 21:25 - And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
Revelation 22:5 - And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they
shall reign for ever and ever.
I think it's pretty hard to deny that the new heaven/earth will be physically different when it doesn't even require a sun or a moon, does not have a
sea, but has a river of life and tree of life. And although you may think that the descriptions of the gates of the city might be metaphorical, more
description regarding the measurements are listed in chapter 21.
We already know that our bodies will be physically transformed. Our bodies will be "incorruptible", will not age, decay or die.
So, what makes you think that the earth will remain the same? I already showed you the verse showing that it will be burned up and will pass away,
and for good reason. It has to be wiped clean. Satan corrupted it.
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