Revelation 21 A New Heaven and a New Earth and a New Jerusalem

Verse 1 – The former heaven and earth no longer exist and God is creating a new heaven and new earth! What ? Why?
For some insight on this….Let’s go back and remember about God’s creation of the former heaven and former earth.
God created the heavens and earth in 6 days and rested on the 7th day. His intension was to create a family for love relationship, to walk and talk and fellowship with them daily. He created a paradise in which they could live and have all their needs met. The same way He ruled over His kingdom, He gave them their own kingdom to rule. He gave them authority over all the earth. He warned them about His enemy who chose and spoke rebellion. Yet, because He wanted a voluntary love relationship and not slavery, He gave His man and woman free choice to stay with Him or leave. He gave instructions on how to stay in Him, in His Life, instead of choosing separation from Him and His Life resulting in death. They did not hold fast in focusing on God as Lord and let themselves be deceived by rebellious Satan. By eating of the serpent’s fruit of rebellion, they then came under his kingdom rules and he took over their authority in the earth. They came into slavery and death.
But, God (as a unified unit of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is omniscient, and knew this would happen. He had a plan of salvation and restoration for His created people. Father, Son and Holy Spirit knew all the pain and longsuffering that would be involved to have this family of their own, but they determined to do it all anyway, knowing the eternal end would be worth the shorter term battle. They knew the part each would have to do in the ministry of this project and purpose. Their strong love was their strong motivator.
Ephesians 1:4, “Even as in His love, He chose us, actually picked us out for Himself as His own, in Christ, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.”
Genesis 1:26 Amplifed version, “God said, Let Us (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have compelte authroity over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everythig that creeps upon the earth.”
God gave mankind authority over the earth that He had created for them. They were not to be slaves, but family managers of His kingdom as their own. Now, we also know why Yeshua Jesus was the only One worthy to open the covenant scroll at the Father’s right hand in heaven. He was the totally faithful and sinless Son of God, but also a legitimate Son of Man. He had paid the price as a sinless Son and as a human man, and was now worthy to receive the inheritance and authority over heaven and earth. Do you remember Jesus parable of the tenant managers of the vineyards and how they treated the son of the owner in Matthew 21? You may want to read it for some additional insight.
We even get some insight into the timing of this age of man’s rule and covenant over God’s earth.
2 Peter 3:8, “Do not let this one fact escape you, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
God created heaven and earth in 6 days with man being created and given authority on the 6th day. God rested on the 7th day and called it holy and set apart. God later commanded people to honor and remember Him on the 7th day and celebrate it by also resting from labors that day.
Genesis 1: 31 – 2:3, “And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable and pleasant), and He approved it competely……Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And God blessed (spoke good of) the seventh day, set it apart as His own, and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all His work which He had created and done.”
Taking these things in mind, it may be that the contract for mankind to rule in earth is for 7 days or in God’s timing 7000 years. God worked with mankind for the first 4000 years to try to train them in righteouness, only to prove to mankind that they could not become righteous in their own works, but rather needed a Savior. Then, the promised Messiah came, paid the sin price on the cross and rose again to offer new spiritual life and opportunity to grow in His righteousness when they are in a close and bonding relationship with Him. The “church age” follows Jesus ascention to heaven for 2000 years, giving opportunity for God’s people to work with Christ and the Holy Spirit to bring fallen people into God’s kingdom by their own free choice and faith in Him. In the 7th day, or last 1000 years, Yeshua Jesus comes to rule in righteousness, as legitimate God and as legitimate man, on earth. It is the “7th day” (1000 years) of rest and peace, the set apart age, of Jesus ruling the earth in righteousness. And this last day is separate and holy unto God.
Do you see the overall pattern, the big picture?
I believe that the contract/covenant for man to be in authority over God’s earth was limited to the 7000 years. Back to Revelation 21, we see that the former heaven and former earth no longer exist. That contract is over. God is now creating a new heaven and a new earth! And a holy city will be created where God’s people can dwell with Him forever! And He will reign over it Himself in all righteousnes. And He will not rule dictatorily over them, but reign with them, by their own free choice. And those who live there with Him will be there because they love Him and delight to live with God as the husband and His people as His bride.

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