On the subject of the new heavens and new earth, I know that many place them
chronologically after the millennium, but after studying I believe that John saw
the New Jerusalem coming from heaven to earth as a further explanation of what
would occur during the millennium. First, examine passages which speak of the
new heavens and new earth such as Isaiah 65:17-25, 66:22-24 and ask yourself
which time epoch is being spoken of. Surely this is an arrangement here on
earth that occurs while the LORD Jesus is physically reigning, cross reference
Isaiah 11. Death is diminished, but not completely defeated. Psalm 102 has the
setting of the LORD appearing in glory to build up Zion. Here are nations
coming together to worship the LORD. The mention of the earth and heaven being
changed at this time shows us that a new heaven and new earth will begin.
II Peter 3 gives the context that we are looking forward to a new heaven and new
earth which occurs when Christ comes with a judgment of fire upon the earth.
This is compared with the judgment in the days of Noah. What type of new heaven
and new earth emerged after the flood of Noah? It was the same planet, but a
different arrangement. In the same way, after the fiery trumpet judgments there
will emerge a new heaven and new earth whereon Christ will reign for 1000 years.
So in approaching Revelation 21, we have all of these scriptures giving a fairly
unanimous testimony that the LORD appears, Jesus comes, and the new heavens and
new earth are ushered in at that time. In Revelation 21, the New Jerusalem
descends, not to the old order, but to the new earth with the new heavens above.
It is during this period in time that the nations outside of the New Jerusalem
will learn to live by the light of that glorious city. What we have in
Revelation 21:22-27 is a parallel passage to Isaiah 60:1-3 and 62:1-5. This
arrangement continues for a thousand years after which Satan will be released
for a brief (?) period of time. After this is when the great white throne
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