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                                                BIBLE STUDY - NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH

We will examine prophecies awaiting fulfilment after the Millennium. The first of these is Johnís prophecy foretelling Satan being loosed after being bound in chains in the bottomless pit during the thousand years of the Millennium, and his final rebellion, defeat, and doom, Revelation 20:7-10. The next prophecy in this section which will be examined here predicts the second resurrection; the resurrection of the wicked dead, Revelation 20:4-6. Verse 5 here, teaches that the wicked dead will be resurrected after the thousand years reign of Christ. They will be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire at the Great White Throne Judgement, Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8. The Lake of Fire will be the final destination of the wicked, a place of eternal torment for everyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life, Revelation 20:15, ĎAnd whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 21:7-8, But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

The Great White Throne Judgement is prophesied right throughout the New Testament, Matthew 7:21-23; Acts 17:31; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Hebrews 10:26-29; Revelation 20:11-15. In the fulfilment of the Great White Throne Judgement prophecy, prophecies predicting that there will be degrees of punishment for the wicked, will also be fulfilled, Matthew 16:27; Luke 20:46-47; Hebrews 10:29; James 3:1; Revelation 2:18-23. Just as there will be degrees of rewards in Heaven for the saints, 1 Corinthians 3:13-15, so there will be degrees of punishment in the Lake of Fire for the wicked. Together with the fulfilment of the Great White Throne Judgement prophecy, the prophecy predicting the renovation of Heaven and earth will also be fulfilled, 2 Peter 3:7, ĎBut the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 2 Peter 3:10, ĎBut 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. In the context of 2 Peter 3:7, 10-13, it means that Heaven and earth will be loosed from their present corrupt state into a new state purified by fire and made new as to character.

Another prophecy awaiting fulfilment after the Millennium is that which predicts that at the end of Christís millennial reign, when all the enemies of God have been defeated, even death, and cast into the lake of Fire at the Great White Throne Judgement, Christ will hand the Kingdom over to God, 1 Corinthians 15:28. Together Christ and God will reign over the Kingdom in the New Earth for all eternity, Revelation 21:1-3; 22:3-5. Another prophecy, which predicts the saints being made eternal kings and priests, will also be fulfilled at this time, Revelation 1:6; 2:26-27; 3:21; 5:10; 20:4-6; 22:5.

In this last section of the study we will examine prophecies awaiting fulfilment after the Great White Throne Judgement, in the New Earth. The first of these will be the prophecy which predicts New Jerusalem as both God and Christís seat of government in the New Earth, Revelation 21:1-3, ĎAnd 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 seaÖí New Jerusalem will be the home of all the saints of God, Old Testament and New Testament alike, from Abel to the very last soul saved in the Tribulation period, Revelation 21:24-27 with John 14:1-3; Hebrews 11:1-2, 13-16; 12:22-23; Revelation 3:12. It should be noted here that New Jerusalem is a literal city, twelve thousand furlongs, fifteen hundred miles, long, wide, and high, with a wall measuring a hundred and forty four cubits, over two hundred feet, or sixty five metres, high, surrounding it. The city is made of pure gold, which is transparent like clear glass, and the street of the city is the same. The city has twelve gates, each one a pearl. There will be no temple as an object of worship in the city, God and Jesus will be the objects of worship. The city will have no need of the sun and moon. It will be illuminated by the radiating glory of God and Jesus will be its light. This will also fulfil Revelation 22:5. The city gates of New Jerusalem will never be shut, because it will always be perfectly secure; there will never be any darkness there. It will be the capital of God in the New Earth throughout eternity, and the eternal home of all the saints of God, from Abel to the very last soul saved in the Tribulation. They will all live in New Jerusalem forever, Revelation 21:9-27. Revelation 22:4 will also be fulfilled at this time, His Name will be on our foreheads.

The Tree of Life is also literal. It will bear twelve kinds of fruit, a different fruit for each month of the year and will be such a continuos bearer, the fruit will never be all used up. The fruit will be for both the redeemed of God who will live in New Jerusalem, and the natural people who will live in the New Earth, Revelation 2:7; 22:2, 14. The leaves of the tree will be for the preservation of life of the natural people. It should be noted here that the New Earth will be inhabited throughout eternity by natural people, which will also fulfil that part of Johnís prophecy in Revelation 22:2 where he refers to them as the nations. Another New Testament prophecy awaiting fulfilment in the New Earth is by Paul, who predicts that the church will continue eternally along with eternal generations of natural people throughout the ages to come, Ephesians 3:21. The church will be an eternal witness in the New Earth to Godís unmatched grace, Romans 11:36.

                                                              Compiled by: Chris Mengel Snr.

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