Hope for mankind - which is it?
„Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness ." -2 Peter 3.13. This is the glorious outlook which the God of truth gives to those who trust in His Word of promise. The realization of that promise will far exceed in grandeur and blessedness all that our eyes of faith can now visualize.
The apostle John, after seeing in symbolic scenes the destruction of "the heavens and the earth which are now", writes : "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth : for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away ; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God . And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes ; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain : for the former things are passed away. And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write : for these words are true and faithful."-Revelation
21 : 1-5. Political and religious promises to build a new and finer and free world by men's hands are therefore ridiculous and presumptuous . They prove that the promisers forget God and hold His Word as untrue . But it will be their so-called "new order" that will pass away at Armageddon, and God's Word will stand vindicated as true. The new world of righteousness will Be fashioned by Almighty God through His Master Workman, The Word, Christ Jesus . "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth ; and the former things shall not be remembered, nor come into mind . But be glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create ; for . . . the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before Me, says Jehovah ." -Isaiah
65.17,18 ; 66.22. Christ Jesus is the Foundation of the new world of righteousness . "And His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace . Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end." Isaiah 9.6, 7. When He raises His servants from the dead by giving them life and thus becoming their "Everlasting Father", then the "new earth" as well as the "new heavens" will have come indeed . That new World will be established that it cannot be moved for ever. Hence the divine command is now given "Say among the nations, Jehovah reigns! The world also is established that it cannot be moved : He will judge the peoples with equity . Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof ; let the field exult, and all that is therein ; then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy before Jehovah ; for He comes, for He comes to judge the earth, : He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth ." -Psalm 96.10-13
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