Earth applies literally to this inanimate globe as well as symbolically to human society of mankind and its organization on earth. The earth to be destroyed at the world's end is Satan's system of human society composed of his visible government with all human supporters. The earthly globe will remain forever, will never be burned up or desolated, but will be restored to paradisaic conditions. God will restore right conditions by a "new earth" of righteously governed human society under the "new heavens" of Christ Jesus' invisible rule.
Purpose of God Toward Earth Stated in Eden Certain to Be Accomplished; that Is, Populated, Subdued, Under Man's Dominion
Genesis 1:28 "And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."
Isaiah 45:18 "For thus says Jehovah that created the heavens, the God that formed the earth and made it, that established it and created it not a waste [or, in vain], that formed it to be inhabited: I am Jehovah; and there is none else."
Isaiah 46:9-11 "I am God and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me; declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done; saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure; ... yea, I have spoken, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed, I will also do it."
Malachi 3:6 "For I, Jehovah, change not."
Literal Earth as Permanent as God's Throne, Hence Never Destroyed
Isaiah 66:1 "Thus says Jehovah, Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool."
Psalm 78:69 "And He built His sanctuary like the heights, like the earth which He has established for ever."
Ecclesiastes 1:4 "One generation goes, and another generation comes; but the earth abides for ever."
Permanence of Sun, Moon and Stars Also Assured
Psalm 89:35-37 "Once have I sworn by My holiness: I will not lie unto David: his seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before Me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as the faithful witness in the sky. Selah."
Psalm 72:5, 7 "They shall fear You while the sun endures, and so long as the moon, throughout all generations. In his days shall the righteous flourish, and abundance of peace, till the moon be no more."
Earth to Be Destroyed Is Satan's Visible Organization of Human Society
2 Peter 3:10 "Yet Jehovah's day will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a hissing noise, but the elements being intensely hot will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be discovered [be burned up; not be found]."
Isaiah 13:9 "Behold, the day of Jehovah comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger; to make the land a desolation, and to destroy the sinners thereof out of it."
Revelation 20:11 "And I saw a great white throne and the One seated on it. From before Him the earth and the heaven fled away, and no place was found for them."
Human Governments Pictured by "Beast" and "False Prophet"
Revelation 19:20, 21 "And the wild beast was caught, and along with it the false prophet that performed in front of it the signs with which he misled those who received the mark of the wild beast and those who render worship to its image. While still alive, they both were hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulphur. But the rest were killed off with the long sword of the One seated on the horse and which proceeded out of His mouth. And all the birds were filled from the fleshy parts of them."
Supporters of Satan's System and Those Ruining Earth to Be Destroyed
Revelation 11:18 "But the nations became wrathful, and Your own wrath came, and the appointed time... to bring to ruin those ruining the earth."
Jeremiah 25:31, 33 "Jehovah has a controversy with the nations; He will enter into judgment with all flesh: as for the wicked, He will give them to the sword, says Jehovah. And the slain of Jehovah shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the face of the ground."
Prophecy of Desolation of Jerusalem Also to Be Fulfilled on Modern-Day Christendom
Isaiah 24:1-6 "Behold, Jehovah makes the earth empty, and makes it waste, and turns it upside down, and scatters abroad the inhabitants thereof. ... The earth shall be utterly emptied, and utterly laid waste; for Jehovah has spoken this word. The earth mourns and fades away, the world languished and fades away, the lofty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is polluted under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore has the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are found guilty: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left."
Not a complete end was made; a remnant was spared
Jeremiah 4:23-28 "I beheld the earth, and, lo, It was waste and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.... I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful field was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of Jehovah, and before His fierce anger. For thus says Jehovah, The whole land shall be a desolation; yet will I not make a full end. For this shall the earth mourn."
Ezekiel 6:8 "Yet will I leave a remnant, in that ye shall have some that escape the sword among the nations."
Never a depopulated earth, as some other sheep of the Lord will be spared through Armageddon
John 10:16 "And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those also I must bring, and they will listen to My voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd."
Matthew 24:37-39 "For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be. For as people were in those days before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark; and they took no note until the flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be."
1 Peter 3:20 "In Noah's days,... a few people, that is, eight souls, were carried safely through the water."
Survivors of This World's End to Form Nucleus of "New Earth" of a New-World Society as Subjects of Kingdom
2 Peter 3:13 "But there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to His promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell."
Isaiah 66:22 "For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before Me, says Jehovah, so shall your seed and your name remain."
Some, with Faithful Men of Old, to Represent on Earth Christ's Reign from Heaven
Isaiah 32:1 "Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in justice."
Psalm 45:16 "Instead of your fathers shall be your children, whom You shall make princes in all the earth."
Only Footstep Followers of Christ Will Reign 1,000 Years with Him as "New Heavens"
1 Corinthians 6:2, 3 "Or do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you unfit to try very trivial matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? Why, then, not things of this life?"
Revelation 20:4 "And I saw thrones, and there were those who sat down on them, and power of judging was given them. Yes, I saw the souls of those executed with the ax for the witness they bore to Jesus and for speaking about God, and those who had worshiped neither the wild beast nor its image and who had not received the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand. And they came to life and ruled as kings with the Christ for a thousand years."
Isaiah 65:17 "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered, nor come into mind."
Procreation Mandate to Be Restated to Armageddon Survivors
Genesis 9:1 "And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth."
Matthew 24:37 "For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be."
Literal Earth to Be Brought Under Subjection as a Paradise Before Resurrection Begins
Psalm 67:6, 7 "The earth has yielded its increase: God, even our own God, will bless us. ... and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him."
Isaiah 35:1, 2, 7 "The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing; the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon: they shall see the glory of Jehovah, the excellency of our God. And the glowing sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water: in the habitation of jackals, where they lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes."
Isaiah 55:13 "Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree; and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle-tree: and it shall be to Jehovah for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."
Luke 23:42, 43 "And he went on to say: 'Jesus, remember me when you get into Your kingdom.' And He said to him: 'Truly I tell you today, You will be with Me in Paradise.' "
God Will Resurrect Many Who Will Be Trained and Tested as to His Will
John 5:28, 29 "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear His voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment."
Isaiah 65:20 "There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that has not filled his days; for the child shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner being a hundred years old shall be accursed."
Revelation 20:12-15 "And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened. But another scroll was opened; it is the scroll of life. And the dead were judged out of those things written in the scrolls according to their deeds. And the sea gave up those dead in it, and death and hades gave up those dead in them, and they were judged individually according to their deeds. And death and hades were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire. Furthermore, whoever was not found written in the book of life was hurled into the lake of fire."
Man's Dominion over Animals to Be Restored
Isaiah 11:6-9 "And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Jehovah, as the waters cover the sea."
Perfect Health Will Be Mankind's
Isaiah 33:24 "And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity."
Peace and Prosperity Will Prevail
Micah 4:3, 4 "And He will judge between many peoples, and will decide concerning strong nations
afar off: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig-tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of Jehovah of hosts has spoken it."
Final Testing and God's Declaring Righteous of Faithful Come at End of 1,000-Year Reign
Revelation 20:5, 7-10 "(The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Now as soon as the thousand years have been ended, Satan will be let loose out of his prison, and he will go out to mislead those nations in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war. The number of these is as the sand of the sea. And they advanced over the breadth of the earth and encircled the camp of the holy ones and the beloved city. But fire came down out of heaven and devoured them. And the Devil who was misleading them was hurled into the lake of fire and sulphur, where both the wild beast and the false prophet already were; and they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
God's Original Purpose with Earth Fulfilled
Revelation 21:1-4 "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. I saw also the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: 'Look! the tent of God is with humankind, and He will reside with them, and they will be His peoples. And God Himself will be with them. And He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be any more. The former things have passed away.' "
1 Corinthians 15:25, 26, 28 "For He must rule as king until God has put all enemies under His feet. As the last enemy, death is to be destroyed. But when all things will have been subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also subject Himself to the one who subjected all things to Him, that God may be all things to everyone."
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