"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
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The Lord Jesus Christ has introduced the word 'paradise' from the cross. "Luke 23:42 says, And he, (who was the thief on the cross), said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise." So, it is evident that paradise is the kingdom of God, so it is heaven. Isaiah 65:17 says, ".. behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind." 2 Peter 3:13 says, "we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." Prophesies say that the present earth and heaven, which is our solar system, will be destroyed, and God will give us new earth and new heavens, which are the kingdom of God. So, new earth also is the kingdom of God, and so it is also heaven. So, paradise, as well as new earth, are part of the eternal kingdom, and so, they are part of the heaven of God.
"Genesis 1:1 says, In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." And the prophesies say that God is going to destroy them. What else it says? Genesis 2:1 says, "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them." That is, God has completed all creation that pertained to heavens and earth, in six days. However, God did not stop creating after this. God has formed the bodies for Adam and Eve, he gave the spirit to man and made him a living soul, God has created Eden and planted a garden, and so on. We are going to study about the garden of Eden now. The description of the garden is in verses 8 to 14. "Verse 8 says, the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, .." So, God gave him commandment for him to obey. But Adam and Eve disobeyed God. "Genesis 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken." They have committed sin and were thrown out from the garden of Eden. "24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." The garden of Eden is protected. No astronomic scientist can find this garden or planet. Please notice, it is because the tree of life is in the garden. Genesis 2:9 also says, "the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, ..." So, the tree of life is in the middle of the garden of Eden. Look at 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 the tree of life is in the middle of paradise of God. But, it is also in the middle of the garden of Eden. So, paradise of God, is garden of Eden. Paradise is garden, and it is garden of God. It is earth, and it is glorified as heaven. So, it is new earth. New earth is paradise.
Revelation 21:1 says, "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away;.." That is, the present earth and heaven will be gone. It begins eternity. The kingdom of God will begin in new earth and new heaven. That is, there will be two locations in heaven, they are new earth and new heaven. Verse 3 says, "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 with men and the presence of God will be in the tabernacle. Verse 22 says, "I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it." There will be no temple. One place has the temple or tabernacle is paradise, and the other place does not have the temple, because God the Father and God the Son, will be present there in person. The presence of God in the temple, was always as smoke, fire, or in such manner of manifestation of God. In the other place, the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. They will be there with them in person. That is, God will be with the sons of God and with the bride of Christ, that is in new heaven. So, the tabernacle is on new earth, or paradise. God visits his people in the tabernacle.
Those who are in the status of the children of God, will inherit God's kingdom in the new earth, which is paradise. Jude 1:23 says, "And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." It is others pulled them out of fire, and the next step to fire is the new earth. So, they may get to new earth. Luke 16:20-23, is the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. Lazarus was a beggar, sick, suffered extreme poverty, and death. Other than that, he did not do anything. He was in Abraham's bosom. He will be in new earth. Such people may be in new earth. Let me, be more specific in who will inherit new earth. Let us see a few examples and they may give us a picture.
(1) "Revelation 2:1-7 is a letter from God to the church of Ephesus. Verses 2&3 are admiration for them. Verse 4 is rebuke to them. The admiration and rebuke cannot be to the same person. Since a church has many members, these messages are to two groups of people. So, we may assume that the people who are admired by God, may get to new heaven. Let us see the rebuke and the remedy to the other group. Verses 4 "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; 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." So, if they repent, do the first works, and overcome, they will be in paradise, which is the new earth. If they do not do the work, and overcome, they will be in hell.
(2) 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, is the reference. This guy is a filthy fornicator. So, they gave him to Satan to destroy his flesh. "5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus." This is a limbo case. However, if God has given his punishment on earth, and if he has repented during his torment, and so on, then he 'may be' saved from eternal punishment in the lake of fire. In such rare case, such a person may enter new earth.
(3) Jesus Christ told a parable in Matthew 25:31-46. In the judgment, Jesus Christ will separate the people of the world into two groups. One group helped the poor servants of God, with their basic needs with concern. Nothing more said about them. They did not seem to strive to become pure or such. Jesus tells them here; "35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." They didn't give donations to big churches, charitable organizations, celebrity preachers, or such people, but they gave to the poor, very poor servants of God, who are in need of food, or such things. Such people will be in new earth. "34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:" Garden of Eden was made from the foundation of the earth, which is new earth. Jesus Christ told his disciples that he will go to prepare a place for you, in John 14:2, it is about new heavens. But, the mansions were already made, which is new earth.
(4) I like to read one more scripture. It applies to all; worldly people as well as to Christians. "Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons." If a worker in a secular job does his work as explained in verse 23, he will receive the eternal reward of inheritance in heaven as in verse 24, in this case it is new earth. These worldly people, who are sincere and honest, doing their secular job, that is daily life, as unto God, they will go to new earth, which is heaven. It is so simple and easy. Whereas, many so called Christians, who may not be honest in their daily work, may be cast into the lake of fire to be tormented, which is very sad. However, I hope that you all will strive for new heavens, and be with God, see him face to face in all his glory. In case you miss new heaven, don't miss new earth. It is the garden of God. It will also be very glorious.