For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
The key verse for our devotion for today may sound to you like a passage out of the book of Revelation, and you would be correct. However, the teaching of “new heavens and a new earth” is not original to the book of Revelation.
Actually, the ancient Jewish Prophet Isaiah was the first to mention such an idea. Of course we see the thought first mentioned in our key verse, but in the next chapter of his prophetic book, Isaiah also brings the subject to our attention, Isaiah 66:22.
This passage of Isaiah is looking at the blessings that God has planned for Israel, the Jewish people, in the Kingdom that is yet to come, but also in eternity future. Verses 17 through 19
are looking at the situation in eternity future. Verses 20 to 25
are looking at the Kingdom period as well as eternity future.
speaks of the birth of children in the Kingdom who will be “children” until one hundred years of age. By the way, these children will be born to those, in physical bodies, who trust in Jesus Christ during the Tribulation Period and enter the Kingdom.
At one hundred these “children” must receive Jesus as their Saviour or they will be “accursed” and sent to “hades” to await their sentencing into the eternal “Lake of Fire” at the Great White Throne, Revelation 20:11-15
Also, please notice, that verses 21 to 25
also speak of this period on the earth known as the “Kingdom” when all will be focused on the “holy mountain” of the Lord, verse 25
, where the Messiah, Jesus Christ will be located as He rules and reigns from His Temple. The “holy mountain” is the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Daniel 9:16
The first three verses of our devotional passage for today are referring to the time after the Kingdom, as we move into “eternity future” with the “new heavens and the new earth.” Notice that the heavens and the earth are not “refurbished”, but instead are “created,” verse 17
This old earth, and the heavens, will be destroyed, II Peter 3:10
, and the Lord will create “new heavens and a new earth” because the original have been “cursed” by Satan and his evil angels.
This process all begins with the next main event in God’s plan for the future, the Rapture. With our world today moving so quickly towards the “end times” scenario found in God’s Word, the Rapture could happen today.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Thank you Lord for the “look into the future,” even into “eternity future.” Please help me to use this knowledge of Your plan for what’s ahead, in my life on this earth in the present, to live for You.