Yes, the earth is a mess, polluted and full of violence. So who in their right mind would want to live here forever?
While that is true right now, notice this promise of renewal that God repeats in 3 different Bible books.
The first book where this is mentioned in is the book of Isaiah at Isaiah 65:17, 18. Did you notice that God said he was going to make “new heavens and a new earth?”
This is symbolic language for saying that God is going to create a good government to rule over the earth with Jesus Christ as king and thepeople living on earth will be people that care for the earth and love one another.
God repeated that promise in 2 Peter 3:13. Yes, the permanent fulfilment of that promise is yet future. God will set up a righteous government for the earth that will rule from heaven and people that will live righteous lives will inhabit the earth. Just think of how enjoyable life will be with such a righteous environment?
In this world those who try to do what is right find the going very hard, but God will soon smooth out the way for good-hearted people.
God repeats that promise again for a third time in Revelation 21:1-4 with some additional details. The promise of “new heavens and a new earth” will be fulfilled, with a happy ending for obedient mankind.
What about wicked people, those that are messing, polluting and ruining the earth? What will happen to them?
Revelation 11:18 tells us the future of those that ruin or destroy the earth. Those who ruin the earth and refuse to change will be destroyed. Such ones have no part in God’s future purposes.
Let’s illustrate it this way. Suppose you owned an apartment building, and some tenants refused to respect the property and their neighbours in the building and after warning them repeatedly and still they continued to destroy and show disrespect, would you not evict them? God will have no choice but to evict wicked ones.
Unfortunately, whether in this earth or
So we must be careful how we live and what we do, for if we willingly and deliberately sin as then there is no forgiveness possible. (Hebrews 10: 26- 27)
Christians must watch that they do not fall into sinning against the Holy Spirit. Of course, God, through Christ, is the judge of such persons; therefore only he, and not we, can determine if a person has sinned against the Holy Spirit.
Such blasphemers will suffer “the second death,” that is permanent extinction so that they will no longer be able to reproach God or trouble their fellow men. Nevertheless, a Christian will avoid close friendship with those professing to be Christian brothers but who appear to be sinning deliberately and without any signs of repentance.
So what must we do so that we can enjoy God’s wonderful purpose of living in the Paradise earth?
We must continue to learn about God and his purposes and to live in harmony with his purposes. (Zephaniah 2:2- 3) Did you notice the urgency expressed in those verses? We must make changes in our lives now and without delay, as we do not know how long we have before God takes action.
So while the earth is a mess, polluted and full of violence at this time, it will not be that way for much longer. God will soon make some big changes on this earth. So let us make some big changes in our own lives so that God will be happy to have us as tenants in the ”new earth” to soon come!