Here is #10, part 2, of the Top 10 Things I Would Like to Say
Their importance is not necessarily rated, but their order has a flow to it. They move from initial contact to ultimate destiny.
- Absolute truth is based upon empirical, changeless evidence. When followed to its logical conclusion, it must stand the closest scrutiny.
- Debating Evolution vs. Creation does no one any good unless a person is willing to consider that the other person may be right.
- Faith comes by hearing; are you ready to listen?
- Why I believe in Jesus.
- We are designed to create, but not by ourselves. The Spirit wants to create with us!
- Every decision we make shifts our direction, vision, and course. How much depends upon the decision, and how long depends upon our own stubbornness.
- Jesus is Jewish.
- We owe quite a debt to Israel.
- Jesus is coming soon! How do we get ready?
- What awaits us in heaven?
My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you [learn them and recite them].
2 Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye [allow them to encourage you].
3 Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart [discuss them with the Spirit].
#10 What awaits us in heaven? Part 2
There are two things we can count on in the future. One is that God will renew all things; the second is that Jesus will set up His throne in Jerusalem.
There are two things we do not know. One is to what extent the renewal will take; the second is whether the New Jerusalem comes with the renewal or after 1000 years.
My take on Scripture is that the renewal of all things (based on Matthew 19:28), which includes the topical earth as we know it as well as all nature concerning the animal kingdom–even the planets in the heavens–will be radically reformed into a Pre-Fall state. The sheer presence and participation of the Holy Spirit WITHOUT any of the fallout of sin will make ALL the difference in how things grow, how animals interact, and how humans “rule” again, just like Adam and Eve.
Peter gave us a pretty graphic description of “the end of the world” as we know it in 2 Peter 3.
3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.” Most people believe that earth has been around for millions, if not billions, of years and will be around for as long. Evolution teaches this view.
5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. Secular scientists ignore or vehemently refute a worldwide flood. The problem is that with the invention of each new instrument, we find more and more evidence pointing to a worldwide flood! It’s getting to the point where they are looking foolish if not childish to hang onto their point of view. Even so, they “deliberately forget” because to acknowledge a worldwide flood would call them into account with the God of that flood.
7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed. This event is linked to the Day of the Lord mentioned in verse 10 when Jesus returns: But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment. We know what happens next because we have read it in Isaiah 65:17.
17 “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore. And in 2 Peter 3:13.
13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.
When it comes to the Great Flood, water gets most of the attention, but what we now know because of new scientific equipment (and views from space), fire played a key role in the reforming of the earth during the flood. There is a ring of 50,000+ volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean that is called the Ring of Fire. Many of them are still active. There is a volcano recently discovered 590 miles NW off the coast of Hawaii (Pūhāhonu) that is absolutely monstrous, much like–but bigger than–Yellowstone, which covers the corners of four states with an even older and bigger crater underneath that is over 100 miles wide and extends to the eastern edge of Idaho.
The key to “the end of the world” is that Jesus has promised to make all things new! Listen to this promise:
5 And the one sitting on the throne [Jesus] said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. 7 All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
Jesus instructed John to write it down for us so that we would be encouraged. Let’s be encouraged today knowing that He has everything well in-hand. When the time is right, He will come again and restore/renew all things. COUNT ON IT!
Tomorrow: the New Jerusalem!
Abba, thank You for such a wonderful promise. I love that You don’t scrap anything, but redeem everything to be as it was intended–including me! I am SO looking forward to seeing firsthand everything in its renewed state and to enjoy Your world(s) as they were intended to be enjoyed: WITH YOU. Until then, may I keep my eyes on You, my Lord. Amen.