"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
"Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. 2 Peter 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless." Our earth and heaven are going to be destroyed, and God will replace them with new earth and new heavens. The word of God does not say directly, but gives hints that the new earth is the paradise of God. It was given to Adam and Eve, but they were chased out of it when they committed sin, since then, it is protected from the access of men. Let us see the hints. "Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and ..." The tree of life was in the middle of the garden of Eden. "Revelation 2:7 ... To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." Here we see that that the tree of life is in the middle of the paradise of God. So, we see that the renewed Garden of Eden is the paradise of God. "Revelation 21:1 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." So, God will create new earth and new heaven. We saw that new earth is the paradise. Present earth stands on water, but in the new earth or paradise, there will be no sea. "Revelation 21:3 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." So, the tabernacle of God will be on new earth. The presence of God will be there and people will worship God in the same way as in the old testament, but with no ceremonial traditions. But new heaven will be different. "Revelation 21:22 I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it." There will be no temple, but God the Father and God the Son will be present with them in person.
"Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise." The malefactor, we generally call him as the thief on the cross, was converted on the cross, called Jesus as the Lord requesting him, in "verse 42 he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom." Immediately Jesus Christ told him that he will be in paradise, which is New Earth, that is part of heaven. How did he qualify paradise, but not New Heaven? Heaven and hell are given according to what they have done, even though preachers preach just the opposite to please people for good offering. "Revelation 20:13 ... they were judged every man according to their works. 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." The thief in question, is converted and so, he will not fit in hell. But he does not have any works to fit anywhere in heaven. Such people are in paradise, which is new earth. Let us see one more such a case in heaven. "Revelation 7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." These people were killed for the name of the Lord. It was not said that they lived a holy righteous life. But they were martyrs. Their glory in heaven is their white robe, but not the brightness of the sun. And they will serve day and night in the temple which is on new earth, but there is no temple in new heaven. They all will rejoice in the paradise of God.
"1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. " Here, if our works are like wood, hay, and stubble, it will be burned, but we escape from the fire. So, there is no reward. It will be paradise, but not new heaven. But, it is not explained what is the wood, hay and rubble in this context. Let us see if God has given some hints, since he told us to search the scriptures. Let us notice that it is a demotion from new heaven, if we don't measure up, but it is not a promotion from hell. (1). "Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." If you are qualified to enter new heaven, if do and teach one of his commandments erroneously, you will be the least in heaven, that is, you will find yourself in new earth. So, don't twist any scriptures, don't add any, or don't delete or ignore any. (2). "Jeremiah 23:28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD." Now, most preachers tell about their dreams, visions, etc, for their fund raising programs. They get good money. They will go to hell, but if they qualify new heaven otherwise then, they will be pushed down to new earth. (3). Holy people by back-sliding or otherwise, lose new heaven and end up either in hell or in new earth. Let us see one such incident. "Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. 11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:" This portion tells us about the story of the prodigal son. The younger son got the portion of inheritance and wasted his substance with riotous living. But, "17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants." So, the backslided son repented and came back to his Father and was accepted. It is symbolic of heavenly inheritance. Listen to what the Father says to his elder son. "31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found." Here, the elder son got all the inheritance, and the younger son, or the prodigal son lost all his inheritance by riotous living, and so there is no reward coming to him. But he is accepted in heaven, with no reward, which is the new earth. He just escaped hell. This is the bible truth. "2 John 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward." Don't lose your reward, if you do, you may go to new earth. It is still heaven and there will be joy and the presence of God. But, what if you end up in hell!
God Bless You