Rev 21:1-5 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. (2) And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (3) And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. (4) He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (5) And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Today is the beginning of the new year, 2020. 2019 has forever passed into history. And one day, perhaps very soon, the story of this fallen world will pass into history forever. There will be a new heavens and a new earth, a new creation in which no evil person or thing will ever be experienced again.
The promise is true, made by the Lord who cannot lie. Behold, I am making all things new:
Rev 21:27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
I am very, very sorry for the evil most all of you have endured, and which in many cases you continue to endure. I know so many of you who love Christ and who grew up in this world hoping for a real loving marriage, a home that was a real family and where the love of Christ reigned. But it didn’t play out that way. You were little children perhaps outside playing in a puddle with your new boots and along came a person who promised to love that little kid when she grew up – forever. He lied. He took decades of years from the one life you had been given.
This will not go on forever. If you know Christ, if you belong to Him and you have been born again by faith alone in Christ alone, your real life is still to come. In fact, it has already begun. It is up there where Christ is, not here in this present temporal world. And that new life is real.
God created this present world and made it real. Animals, trees, mountains, and men and women with real physical bodies who were made to enjoy the creation and the Creator. It was called Eden. We know what happened. Sin. The fall. Death. The lights went out when we were separated from Him who is the Light of the World.
But that Light came back and shone in the darkness and rescued us. When He went back to the Father He said:
Joh 14:1-3 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. (2) In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
And that is exactly how it is going down. That place He went to prepare is the new heavens and the new earth – the new Eden. He created the present cosmos in six days. What do you think this new Eden is going to be like if He has been creating it for over 2000 years? No words….
Christian, your suffering is not going to last. There is an end to it. Your real life has not been wasted by an evil deceiver.
Joh 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Rev 22:20-21 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! (21) The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.