Part 16 – All Things New!

Sunrise over an amethyst sea. We look with eager anticipation for the dawn of a new world that “has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb” (Revelation 21.23). Image copyright © www.FreeFoto.com (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Sunrise over an amethyst sea. We look with eager anticipation for the dawn of a new world that “has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb” (Revelation 21.23).
(Image copyright © http://www.FreeFoto.com (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0))

 

Part 16 of the Big Journey is entitled ‘All Things New’. It’s a PDF document illustrated in full colour throughout. Click on the PDF icon below to read or download it:

Outline of contents
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, . . . . And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 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.’ ” (Revelation 21.1-3)

Our journey reaches its destination. Jesus’s second coming signals the end of history as we know it. When He comes again, the general resurrection and final judgment will take place. Jesus will complete His conquest of Satan and his kingdom; He’ll renew and transform this spoiled and ravaged Earth, and usher in the eternal age. God’s Kingdom will have arrived in its full and final glory (see 2 Timothy 4.1). What Jesus taught us to pray will then be fulfilled: “Our Father . . . . Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6.9-10).

We’ll look briefly at what must take place before Jesus returns.  And we’ll look at how Jesus will return, and what happens at this final, climactic event of history? We survey the different views surrounding these events – especially the Millennium of Revelation 20.1-10. After death, every human will stand before God’s judgment seat (Romans 14.10, Hebrews 9.27, Revelation 20.11-13). What will this Last Judgment be like for us believers, and for unbelievers?

How will the new Heaven and Earth come into being – is it a completely new creation, or is it our old Earth transformed? What does the Bible mean when it says “. . . for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, . . . .” (Revelation 21.1), and “the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire” (2 Peter 3.7). What will this new creation be like, so wonderfully depicted in Revelation 21.1-22.5? What will our new resurrection bodies be like? What will life be like in the world to come, and what will we do there? Finally, what are we to believe about Hell? What will happen to people who have never heard the gospel? We’ll address all these questions in this final session.

Part 16 of the Big Journey is available as a 20-page PDF document illustrated in full colour throughout. Click on the PDF icon at the top of this page to download it.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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