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Creation Praising the Glory of God Revelation 21: 1-8 V.5: “Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful”.
The last two chapters of the Bible (Rev. 21, 22) clearly describe the culmination of the present universe, and the beginning of a new earth and new heaven with Christ reigning forever. After the progression of evil in the world, the final overthrow of Satan and his adherents, John’s last vision portrays the eternal bliss of the redeemed in heaven. He not only sees the end of the present universe, but also a new beginning. The “new heaven and new earth” is a true reality prophesied in the Bible (Isa. 65:17-19; 66:22; 2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1) and John saw it coming true, as every other prophecy. It is the central doctrines of Christian eschatology and is referred in the Nicene Creed as the “world to come.” Ezekiel in his closing chapters see a splendid vision of a renewed land of promise (40-48), and our Lord Jesus Himself called for regeneration for this blessedness (Matt. 19:28). The promise is for those who overcome their life’s difficulties on earth who shall inherit, and we shall be His children, and He our eternal Father, with the Son who redeemed and purchased us. These are faithful and true words and shall come to pass. (Rev. 21:5)
Cosmologists have proved that the universe is gyrating faster than they thought, and the present universe will collapse by an elemental meltdown, as predicted by Peter (2 Pet. 3:7-13), which I have explained in a new book connecting sciences and theology.[1-3]. In the present world culture, many unbelieve, doubt or scoff (Matt. 24:43; 1 Thess. 5:2l; 2 Pet. 3:4). The remaining time between now and the end, God gives the world the opportunity to repent; those who have an ear, let him hear. “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away, behold new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17). All things shall be made new—redeemed people are new, the heaven, earth and Jerusalem are new. What a great blessing, indeed! Let every creation sing Hallelujah to our God and Savior. Our worldly tears shall be over!
Notes: 1. Holy Bible: Harper’s study Bible; 2. Cherian, Plammoottil V (2020). Our Crumbling Civilization and Collapsing Universe of 5 percent. ISBN 978-1-64468-511-2. pp. 318. 3. NASA (2019). Universe 101. What is the ultimate fate of the universe? https://map.gsfc.nasa.gov/universe/uni_fate.html. Public Domain. Accessed May8, 2021.
Gracious Lord, I thank you for helping me to be a child of God, and empower me to become new in You every day, as I look forward to the holy City, whose builder and maker is God. Amen.
Thought for the day While we live on earth, invest our life for eternity in New Jerusalem.
Prof. P. V. Cherian, M. Div. Ph. D. Chicago Mar Thoma Church
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