Does the Bible state that God is going to destroy Heaven and Earth to start over as Revelation seems to declare?
” 1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea…” Rev.21:1
From the very beginning mankind’s stated purpose was “be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth.” Isn’t that still our objective except to fill it with “Good fruit”? Fruits of Righteousness, Fruit of the Spirit until the Kingdom of God fills the earth?
I believe we have forgotten God’s original purpose and especially his early promises when we read difficult prophetic passages at the end of the Bible. Consider God’s original Covenant with Noah and his family. (who represented all of mankind)
21The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.
22“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”
I guess technically it’s not God’s Covenant with Noah because God appears to have been talking to himself but, “while the earth remains…day and night shall not cease!” Technically God could destroy everything with fire since he used water the first time but, that’s not the God that loved the world so much He sent his firstborn Son!
Hold on to this FIRST THOUGHT ~ ““while the earth remains…day and night shall not cease!” as we very briefly explore future Covenant promises.
We don’t consider Covenants in our age much, which is unfortunate because a covenant was basically a life and death agreement. Paul declared some of the power of covenant that we need to remember in Gal. 3 ~
15Brethren, I speak in terms of human relations: even though it is only a man’s covenant, yet when it has been ratified, no one sets it aside or adds conditions to it. 16Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. 17What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise.
Very deep passage. Too deep to explore completely but the point that I want to draw out is that when a covenant is ratified no one sets it aside or adds to it. The Law did not invalidate any previous covenant ratified by God and the promise cannot be nullified. This includes the promise to Abraham and God’s previous promise to Noah!
Remember that“20For as many as are the promises of God, in Him (Christ) they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.” ~ 2 Cor.1:20
All of God’s promises have found their fulfillment in Christ. Let’s carry that thought to Jeremiah 33 and get blown away by God’s profound promises! I’m taking Jeremiah 33:14 straight through to V.22 ~
33:14‘Behold, days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will fulfill the good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15‘In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch of David to spring forth; and He shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth. 16‘In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell in safety; and this is the name by which she will be called: the LORD is our righteousness.’
This is amazing! Jesus was the “righteous Branch of David” that sprang forth and He has become to us righteousness! (1 Cor.1:30)
33:17“For thus says the LORD, ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; 18and the Levitical priests shall never lack a man before Me to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings and to prepare sacrifices continually.’”
This gets very tricky. I can’t touch verse 17 and try to explain this promise to David but I know it’s fulfilled in Jesus. It’s verse 18 that matters to me right now.
In 70 A.D. the Levitical Priesthood was ended. The offerings came to a screeching halt, the Temple was destroyed and the Levitical writings and records were burned forever. Even if a Temple was rebuilt; no one can ever again prove who carries the Levitical bloodline. The Jews were incredibly precise with their Scriptures and genealogies but they are gone forever and cannot be recreated.
This verse and others seem to have failed (even though Jesus made it clear that “Heaven and earth” would pass away before one jot or tittle of the Law passed away) but, let’s continue…
19The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, 20“Thus says the LORD, ‘If you can break My covenant for the day and My covenant for the night, so that day and night will not be at their appointed time, 21then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant so that he will not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levitical priests, My ministers. 22‘As the host of heaven cannot be counted and the sand of the sea cannot be measured, so I will multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.’”
As if God had not made it very clear in the previous verses…God references day and night as having a covenant (Noahic). He refers to the the Davidic Covenant (fulfilled in Christ) and he even throws in the promise to the Levitical priesthood again for good measure. Actually, he lumps all of them in with the Abrahamic Covenant which Paul called the Gospel when he referred to the number of the stars and the sand, if you recall God’s promise to Abraham.
I want to explore the Levitical priesthood promise a little because I have spent so much time in Hebrews lately. This was one of the last books written before the Temple Destruction (maybe 67 AD) and chapter 7 completely demolished the idea that Levitical priests were still necessary. At the time, this would have been a profound revelation to the original Messianic Jews.
Heb.7:11 ~ “11Now if perfection (completion/maturity) was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron? 12For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.”
The entire book of Hebrews is clearly contrasting the Old Covenant (which was in the process of passing away) and the New Covenant (which was in the process of arriving). *Heb.8:13
He goes on to declare Jesus NOW our High Priest which reveals one of the points of this very complex chapter ~ There’s a new priesthood in town! The Old (Levitical) way has passed away and all things have become new!
Heb.7:14For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests…”
Now the old way get’s superseded (better yet, find’s fulfillment) by Jesus!
Heb.7:22so much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. 23The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, 24but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently.”
Since we see that the Levitical Priesthood has clearly ended forever should we believe that the promises have been broken….or did they find their fulfillment in Christ? We know that God cannot lie!
The Lord God himself declared in Jeremiah 33 that His Covenant promise to night and day was wrapped up with the Levites continually having a priest ministering to Him. I believe it is very possible that these O.T. prophecies were shadows of the reality which has come in Christ. These are spiritual truths that are discerned spiritually and not literally. Remember the FIRST THOUGHT (above)? The covenant of day and night with the priesthood links them with the continuation of the planet earth that God spoke at the time of the Noahic covenant!
Follow this ~ God basically told Jeremiah that the Levitical Priesthood would continue as long as his promises to David, Abraham, Noah, day and night, the four seasons and the earth itself remained. God himself interwove all of these promises and then introduced a completely new priesthood in Jesus Christ.
Either God lied; man recorded Scriptures wrong or we simply misunderstood the symbolism that God has chosen to use.
I believe the Levitical priesthood was merely a shadow of the Royal priesthood that Jesus initiated for us! “Heaven and earth” and “sun, moon and stars” were often (not always) but often used in O.T. prophecies concerning governmental (and maybe even religious) structure and systems that had been established. Isaiah 13:10 is a good example of this as well as the dream God gave Joseph about the heavenly signs/symbols bowing to him.
Consider one of the very last prophecies concerning the New Covenant in Isaiah 66 ~
“says the LORD, “just as the sons of Israel bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the LORD. 21“I will also take some of them for priests and for Levites,” says the LORD.
22“For just as the new heavens and the new earth
Which I make will endure before Me,” declares the LORD,
“So your offspring and your name will endure.
God, Himself declared in the beginning ” 14Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs...”
Consider what Jesus said “17“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.18“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”
I believe Jesus was connecting the Law and prophets with “heaven and earth” passing away. But, Jesus fulfilled it and at the cross declared “It is finished!”
When Jesus prophesied 1. The destruction of that Temple 2. The sign of His “coming” (in judgement that he just finished prophesying in the previous 3 chapters and 3. The “End of that Age” in Matt.24:3 ;He again referenced the Law/Prophets via Heaven and earth passing away ~
“34“Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”but clarifies the His Words; which contain the New Covenant will not pass away! Jesus Covenant contains fulfillment of all previous covenants and is therefore the only true eternal covenant!
I know this is a lot to swallow and I’m not asking you to take my word for it. Take God’s Words and inquire of Him. I am not simply regurgitating other people’s theories to you; this is from my study. Yes, I have built on the Covenant understanding that Welton Academy (and others) teach but, that has simply helped fix the lens thru which I viewed Scripture and especially God.
God’s not going to destroy the planet or the Heavens and start over. The Blood of Jesus is enough. The entire rest of the universe was completely untouched by sin and still blameless. Jesus died for the world and He is King and Lord over all. I will leave you with a few more Bible references that declare the planet earth will never end 🙂