(An excerpt translated from the magazine Watch Tower of Jehovah’s Witnesses, dated on October 1, 2009 – Tagalog issue)

Most people believe that our planet earth of today will be destroyed by fire. Most religions rely this idea on 2 Peter 3:10 of KJV as burned. – 10“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. “The same with other versions that were based on a 5th -century translation of Alexandrine Codex and those manuscripts after it. Because of this, many translators translated their versions as the earth will be burned up.

However, a century before Alexandrine Codex appeared, Vatican Codex (and it’s Sinaitic Manuscripts which appeared during it’s time) had copied the prophecy of Peter as the earth and the works in it will be discovered.

Is this true in other parts of the Bible? Yes! The literal earth will not be moved until indefinite time, or forever. (Psalms 104:5). So how the earth and the works in it will be discovered? Other texts show that the word “earth” may use as a symbol. The word “earth” may speak of a language and sing of songs. – Genesis 11:1 Now all the earth continued to be of one language and of one set of words.- NWT [& Psalms 96:1 1O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. – KJV] (bracket put as an additional)

Therefore, the “earth” may refer to mankind, or to society of human. Is it not good to know that God will not destroy our planet but instead fully expose and end the wickedness of those who do it? – end of translation

Another verse that uses earth that personifies the people is in Psalms 96:11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it.” It is therefore clear that the earth doesn’t always mean of the literal earth but of the people who resides on earth. (See the proofs of the word “earth” that used in the Bible that refers to people and the earth that was destroyed before through deluge in my blog entitled “Heavens Will Pass Away – What Does It Implies?”

Here are the proofs that the earth will not destroyed but rather become the dwelling place of the righteous people.

Genesis 48:3And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
4And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.

See even before God has promised that this earth will remain forever.

1 Chronicles 16:30 Tremble before him, all the earth!
The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. – TNIV

Isaiah 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

See the word “earth” that was used. This verses talks about the coming earth see the preceding verse on it. The people on earth are the one who will be full of knowledge. So once again to stress the word “earth”, it doesn’t mean sometimes as of a literal earth but the people on the earth.

Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. – NIV

Psalms 37:9 For evildoers themselves will be cut off,
But those hoping in Jehovah are the ones that will possess the earth.

11 But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.

22 For those being blessed by him will themselves possess the earth, But those upon whom evil is called by him will be cut off.

29 The righteous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it.

Ecclesiastes 1:4 A generation is going, and a generation is coming; but the earth is standing even to time indefinite.

Psalms 104:5 He has founded the earth upon its established places;
It will not be made to totter to time indefinite, or forever.

Proverbs 10:30 As for the righteous one, to time indefinite he will not be caused to stagger; but as for the wicked ones, they will not keep residing on the earth.


Proverbs 2: 21 For the upright are the ones that will reside in the earth, and the blameless are the ones that will be left over in it22 As regards the wicked, they will be cut off from the very earth; and as for the treacherous, they will be torn away from it. – NWT

See the word used? Wicked ones will not keep residing on earth and the blameless will be left over on earth. Therefore, there are people that will keep residing on earth.

Psalms 78:69 And he began to build his sanctuary just like the heights,
Like the earth that he has founded to time indefinite.

Psalms 93: 1 Jehovah himself has become king!
With eminence he is clothed;
Jehovah is clothed—with strength he has girded himself.
The productive land also becomes firmly established so that it cannot be made to totter.

Psalms 96:10 Say among the nations: “Jehovah himself has become king.
The productive land also becomes firmly established so that it cannot be made to totter.
He will plead the cause of the peoples in uprightness.”

Psalms 119:90 Your faithfulness is for generation after generation.
You have solidly fixed the earth, that it may keep standing.

Ezekiel 37:24“‘“And my servant David will be king over them, and one shepherd is what they will all come to have; and in my judicial decisions they will walk, and my statutes they will keep, and they will certainly carry them out. 25 And they will actually dwell upon the land that I gave to my servant, to Jacob, in which YOUR forefathers dwelt, and they will actually dwell upon it, they and their sons and their sons’ sons to time indefinite, and David my servant will be their chieftain to time indefinite.

What Jehovah aim on earth is this

Isaiah 45:18 For this is what Jehovah has said, the Creator of the heavens, He the [true] God, the Former of the earth and the Maker of it, He the One who firmly established it, who did not create it simply for nothing, who formed it even to be inhabited: “I am Jehovah, and there is no one else.

Other proofs showing earth will exist forever are in

Isaiah 34:11 And the pelican and the porcupine must take possession of her, and long-eared owls and ravens themselves will reside in her; and he must stretch out over her the measuring line of emptiness and the stones of wasteness. 12 Her nobles—there are none there whom they will call to the kingship itself, and her very princes will all become nothing. 13 On her dwelling towers thorns must come up, nettles and thorny weeds in her fortified places; and she must become an abiding place of jackals, the courtyard for the ostriches. 14 And haunters of waterless regions must meet up with howling animals, and even the goat-shaped demon will call to its companion. Yes, there the nightjar will certainly take its ease and find for itself a resting-place. 15 There the arrow snake has made its nest and lays [eggs], and it must hatch [them] and gather [them] together under its shadow. Yes, there the gledes must collect themselves together, each one with her mate. 16 Search for yourselves in the book of Jehovah and read out loud: not one has been missing of them; they actually do not fail to have each one her mate, for it is the mouth of Jehovah that has given the command, and it is his spirit that has collected them together. 17 And it is He that has cast for them the lot, and his own hand has apportioned the place to them by the measuring line. To time indefinite they will take possession of it; for generation after generation they will reside in it.

The pronoun “her” in verse 11 refers to Edom and while reading the next verses we can understand that animals will live on her forever. So the place mentioned is on this earth not on a new earth.

It is also true in the Bible that those who destroy earth will be destroyed – Revelation 11:18. This means that Jehovah values the earth and he want it to be restored.

For other proofs on verses that show that most of the righteous people will possess earth, see my blog entitled “Future Rulers of The World – Who Are They? This blog shows the people that will go to heaven and will not reside on earth as human flesh but as of spiritual beings. See also the link below that discuss more about the heavens and earth that will not pass away.


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