Heaven and Earth Will Pass Away – What Does It Implies? (REEDITED)

Heaven and Earth Will Pass Away – What Does It Implies?

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” – Matthew24:35

These are the words of Jesus to his disciples before. He assured that it would be easier for heaven and earth to pass rather than a single word from the Scriptures not to come true.

Now are these literal heavens and earth that will pass away? Let us consider the verse below.

Isaiah 34:4 And all those of the army of the heavens must rot away. And the heavens must be rolled up, just like a book scroll; and their army will all shrivel away, just as the leafage shrivels off the vine and like a shriveled [fig] off the fig tree. – NWT

Isaiah 34:4 All the stars of the heavens will be dissolved
and the sky rolled up like a scroll;
all the starry host will fall
like withered leaves from the vine,
like shriveled figs from the fig tree. – NIV

Isaiah 34:4And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. – KJV

If you notice in NIV it is written as “all stars of heavens will be dissolved.” also with KJV as “all the host of heaven” which may have the same meaning as stars. So taking the same meaning and literally, all stars would be gone. Let us see if this is really the concept of this verse.

Hebrew 12:26At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” [a] 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

Notice the word use “once more”. Meaning Jehovah had shaken the earth before but not literally that is when he done something for Israelites during the time of Moses.  First when Israelites were been freed from Egyptians. The power of Jehovah had seen and heard by many people not only in Egypt but also in other lands. He did not shake the earth literally before. A lot of events in the Bible showed how Jehovah shaken the earth for his chosen people.  So with this, we must also consider the heavens as not literally. “Once more” was explained by Paul as of removing of what can be shaken and it is the false teachings created by the false religions so that the truth which cannot be shaken may remain. Let us consider another verse in order to know the meaning of these verses.

Isaiah 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil,
the wicked for their sins.
I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty
and will humble the pride of the ruthless.

12 I will make people scarcer than pure gold,
more rare than the gold of Ophir.

13 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble;
and the earth will shake from its place
at the wrath of the LORD Almighty,
in the day of his burning anger.

It was said that on that day of Jehovah, he will make heavens tremble and earth shake. Definitely, the words signify something. It is not yet dissolved. Only tremble and shake. Would it have another meaning? Let us have an illustration. When a thing or land was shaken, obviously the thing or land is still there. But it would create a result or impact on it. A sand on a water in a container will be at the bottom level of the water yet when you shook it then,  it would scattered all throughout the water. But still there is still the water and the sand on it. On the other hand, a certain land when hit by an earthquake would create an impact to its people and to the land itself. Yet, the land itself still exists. That is what Isaiah 13:13 means. On that day of Jehovah he will shake the earth and make heavens tremble but the earth and heavens (symbolically) will still stand for a few moments until the judgment of God came upon them. This might happen on the Great Tribulation unto Armageddon when all the powers of nations will be shaken and the strong and mighty people will be trembled. So Isaiah 34:4 means that this “heavens” (those with rulership particularly in religions) will rot or vanish and their armies or followers will have the same fate because they did not accept the truth about the word of God. Heaven and earth will be shaken. Meaning, people with powers and authorities as well as their people or followers will be shaken by the word of God. They will finally realize the truth exposed by his words. But I believe this religious leaders will not listen to the truth because they don’t want to accept their faults and be embarrassed with lots of people by telling to their people that they are wrong and so they will end up like in Isaiah 34:4 then afterwards Isaiah 65:17 will be fulfilled. The new heavens are the 144,000 that will rule on earth together with Jesus Christ for 1000 years. This was explained by the Watchtower.

Let us quote the verse in Isaiah 65:17 and 66:22.

Isaiah 65:17 “For here I am creating new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart. – NWT

Isaiah 66:22 “For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I am making are standing before me,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “so the offspring of YOU people and the name of YOU people will keep standing.” – NWT

So if we are going to take this literally as new heavens and new earth, would you think from the time of Isaiah from c. 778 – a. 732 up to the day of Armageddon or even before the earth created until Armageddon, heavens and earth will be completed by God by only just a few or lesser time? Scientifically, galaxies have existed for billions of years. Our earth was said to be existed for 4.5 billion of years. Fossils found to have existed thousands and millions of years ago. Minerals which can be found underneath the earth have formed millions of years ago. How can a new earth which made by Jehovah as other claim starting from Isaiah can produce minerals which may produced from only 2500 years ago.  Though we know Jehovah is powerful, it all takes time to create everything. Why  the universe did not exist in a few days or not as literal 6 days mentioned in Genesis? It is because it takes a lot of time to create all things. Jehovah knows everything by his appointed time.

Perhaps we cannot guarantee the validity of the scientific reports. So some would say, cannot God himself make them in only less time he wants just like in thousand years? Well, we don’t know that. But one thing we are sure. Jehovah is a great designer. He would not just create things in heaven and earth without prior knowledge. He created everything with purpose. Why would Jehovah eliminate the wonderful things he made? He exerted time and effort and he will just vanish it all? For what purpose and reason? What do you think? I believe our solar system and our planet earth just as established in its right position were created scientifically and mathematically. You can see the proofs in his words in the Bible.

Did he not establish the gravitational force of earth to be 9.8 m/s2? I doubt if he did not. The speed of light, did he not define it?  Before all mathematics and sciences came to existence into human mind, He himself formulated and defined it.

Proverbs 3:19 Jehovah himself in wisdom founded the earth. He solidly fixed the heavens in discernment. 20 By his knowledge the watery deeps themselves were split apart, and the cloudy skies keep dripping down light rain

Job 38:33-36

33 Have you come to know the statutes of the heavens,
Or could you put its authority in the earth?

34 Can you raise your voice even to the cloud,
So that a heaving mass of water itself may cover you?

35 Can you send forth lightnings that they may go
And say to you, ‘Here we are!’?

36 Who put wisdom in the cloud layers,
Or who gave understanding to the sky phenomenon?

He established our solar system and other galaxies in equilibrium. Because it was perfectly designed and positioned, man continues to exist. Earth has approximately equal day and night. It is placed in the third position of the planetary system to have right temperature so that life would be possible. Haven’t God designed the number of hours the earth should rotate on its own axis? Did he not consider the must speed of the earth to rotate in its own axis? There are scientific reasons about it. Did Jehovah create it without prior knowledge and understanding? By just putting heavenly bodies in a wrong position or moved them out of their path, then it could cause a terrible destruction for all of us and to other things. Taken this considerably, could we say now that Jehovah will eliminate these things and replace them with new in just a short period of time? Why would he if he can restore it back again? If I am an owner of a mansion and pests gets inside my mansion, would I burn the whole mansion or just remove the pests inside my mansion? Remember, I spent a lot of money, time and effort and I would just destroy it through turning it into ashes? That’s is not a good thinking to do. From the magazine of the JW it says, if a person has a mansion and rigtheous people live there and eventually some wicked people live there also. Would the person burn the whole mansion or just remove the wicked persons from that mansion and fix the destroyed part of the house?The right thinker will not destroyed it but restored it – removing all the damages and unnecessary things on it.

The proofs that heavens and earth will not eliminate.

Psalms 89:35Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.
36His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.
37It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah. – KJV

Psalms 89:35 Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness—
and I will not lie to David—

36 that his line will continue forever
and his throne endure before me like the sun;

37 it will be established forever like the moon,
the faithful witness in the sky.” – TNIV

Genesis 17:7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” TNIV

Genesis 17:7And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
8And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. – KJV

Genesis 17: 6 At ikaw ay aking gagawing totoong palaanakin at papanggagalingin ko sa iyo ang mga bansa; at magbubuhat sa iyo ang mga hari. 7 At aking papagtitibayin ang aking tipan sa iyo at sa iyong binhi pagkamatay mo sa buong kalahian nila, na tipang walang hanggan, na ako’y magiging iyong Dios, at ng iyong binhi, pagkamatay mo. 8 At ibibigay ko sa iyo, at sa iyong binhi, pagkamatay moang lupaing iyong mga pinaglakbayan, ang buong lupain ng Canaan, na pag-aaring walang hanggan at ako ang magiging Dios nila. – Ang Dating Biblia (1905) o Ang Biblia

Genesis 48:3 Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me 4 and said to me, ‘I am going to make you fruitful and increase your numbers. I will make you a community of peoples, and I will give this land as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.’ – TNIV

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. – KJV

Genesis 48:3 At sinabi ni Jacob kay Jose, Ang Dios na Makapangyarihan sa lahat ay napakita sa akin sa Luz sa lupain ng Canaan, at binasbasan ako. 4 At sinabi sa akin, Narito, palalaguin kita, at pararamihin kita, at gagawin kitang isang kapisanan ng mga bayan; at aking ibibigay ang lupaing ito sa iyong lahi pagkamatay mona pinakaari magpakailan man. – Ang Dating Biblia (1905) o Ang Biblia

Ezekiel 37:24 ” ‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees. 25 They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your ancestors lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever, and David my servant will be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever. – TNIV

Ezekiel 37:24 At ang aking lingkod na si David ay magiging hari sa kanila; at silang lahat ay magkakaroon ng isang pastor; magsisilakad din naman sila ng ayon sa aking mga kahatulan, at susundin ang aking mga palatuntunan, at isasagawa. 25 At sila’y magsisitahan sa lupain na aking ibinigay kay Jacob na aking lingkod, na tinahanan ng inyong mga magulang; at sila’y magsisitahan doon, sila at ang kanilang mga anak, at ang mga anak ng kanilang mga anak, magpakailan man: at si David na aking lingkod ay magiging kanilang prinsipe magpakailan man. – Ang Dating Biblia (1905) o Ang Biblia

Proverbs2:21For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. – KJV

Kawikaan 2:21 Sapagka’t ang matuwid ay tatahan sa lupain, at ang sakdal ay mamamalagi roon.

22 Nguni’t ang masama ay mahihiwalay sa lupain, at silang nagsisigawang may karayaan ay mangabubunot. – Ang Dating Biblia (1905) o Ang Biblia

Take note ang masasama ay MAHIHIWALAY SA LUPAIN (EARTH) at ang sakdal AY MAMALAGI ROON (EARTH). See? The perfect SHALL REMAIN ON IT THAT IS HERE ON EARTH. Meaning they will remain on earth.

Psalms 104:5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. – KJV

Awit 104:5 Na siyang naglagay ng mga patibayan ng lupa, upang huwag makilos magpakailan man – Ang Dating Biblia (1905) o Ang Biblia

Proverbs 10:30 The righteous will never be uprooted,

but the wicked will not remain in the land.  – TNIV

Proverbs 10:30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. [TAKE NOTE: THE EARTH NOT A NEW EARTH.]

Joel 3:20 – 21

20But Judah will be inhabited forever
And Jerusalem for all generations.
21And I will avenge their blood which I have not avenged,
For the LORD dwells in Zion. – NASB

If there is really a literal new earth to be inhabited then why are the verses shows not like that? Is Jehovah being inconsistent to his words because of the new earth he mentioned? Of course no! He means it in other way. Well, the reason is from the previous verses. This earth will be restored and this will be the same physical earth that will be inhabited by the righteous people.

Psalms 119:90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth – KJV

Psalms 119;88 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.
89For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. – KJV

(emphasize the word “forever” in  relation to his words below.)

Isaiah 34:11-17

17He has cast the lot for them,
And His hand has divided it to them by line
They shall possess it forever;
From generation to generation they will dwell in it.

The different birds are going to dwell on the appointed place by God.

Isaiah 45:18 For this is what the LORD says—
he who created the heavens,
he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,
he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
but formed it to be inhabited
he says:
I am the LORD,
and there is no other. – TNIV

HERE GOD TOLD THAT HE CREATED THE EARTH NOT TO BE EMPTIED BUT TO BE INHABITED.THEREFORE, HE WON’T DESTROY THE EARTH JUST AS WHAT HE WANTED IT TO BE INHABITED.

Isaias 45:18 Sapagka’t ganito ang sabi ng Panginoon na lumikha ng langit, na siyang Dios na nag-anyo sa lupa at gumawa niyaon, na kaniyang itinatag, at hindi niya nilikha na sira, nakaniyang inanyuan upang tahananako ang Panginoon; at wala nang iba. – Ang Dating Biblia (1905)

Awit 119:89 Magpakailan manOh Panginoon, ang iyong salita ay natatag sa langit. – Ang Dating Biblia (1905)

Again emphasize the words of Jehovah below.

Isaiah 55:11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me voidbut it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. – KJV

“New heavens and new earth that I am making.”

This verse shows God is presently making new heavens and new earth. How should we understand the new heavens and new earth? We must understand them symbolically. He is “making” new heavens and new earth because from the time of Isaiah, he is making his way for his chosen people to acquire the kingdom of heaven (the 144,000) and the other righteous people to possess the earth. However, prior to that there is a prophecy in the book of Psalms that some people will go to heaven and it was foretold by a psalmist in Psalms 68;18 which states,

18 You have ascended on high;
You have carried away captives;
You have taken gifts in the form of men,
Yes, even the stubborn ones, to reside [among them], O Jah God.”

So the heavens which Jesus said will pass away are not literal in sense. He is just comparing the nature of these things that are subject to cease when God wants it unto his words that will never pass away. His words are related to this verse.

Isaiah 24:21 In that day the LORD will punish
the powers in the heavens above
and the kings on the earth below.

22 They will be herded together
like prisoners bound in a dungeon;
they will be shut up in prison
and be punished after many days
. – TNIV

Isaias 24:21At mangyayari, sa araw na yaon, na parurusahan ng Panginoon ang hukbo ng mga mataas sa itaas, at ang mga hari sa lupa sa ibabaw ng lupa.

22At sila’y mangapipisan, gaya ng mga bilanggo na mangapipisan sa hukay, at masasarhan sa bilangguan, at pagkaraan ng maraming araw ay dadalawin sila. – Ang Dating Biblia (1905)

You can check also other versions of the Bible. All of them show heavenly power. Obviously this cannot be demons because it is said all of them that is both the powers in heavens and kings on earth are gathered together as prisoners and at the right time they will be visited or punished. We know that kings all over the earth who will oppose the will of God will be destroyed in Armageddon as well as all the kingdoms while Satan and his demons will be imprisoned after the Armageddon. So logically, they are not together literally. So it has another meaning, of course. Who are those people in verse 21? These are all leaders of false religions and kings on earth with rulership. They will put on a pit as prisoners for a period of time and will punish at the right time. When will this happen? Of course, there will come a time that Jehovah will denunciate all these nations and kingdoms.

Zephaniah 3:8 “‘Therefore keep yourselves in expectation of me,’ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘till the day of my rising up to [the] booty, for my judicial decision is to gather nations, for me to collect together kingdoms, in order to pour out upon them my denunciation, all my burning anger; for by the fire of my zeal all the earth will be devoured. – NWT

Jeremiah 10:10 But Jehovah is in truth God. He is the living God and the King to time indefinite. Because of his indignation the earth will rock, and no nations will hold up under his denunciation.

Luke 21:25 “Also, there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth anguish of nations, not knowing the way out because of the roaring of the sea and [its] agitation, 26 while men become faint out of fear and expectation of the things coming upon the inhabited earth; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. – NWT

I believe as I do understand that this event will have to come. Because all the nations before are not yet denunciated and all nations have not come yet to the denunciation of God because the truth emerge in all nations starting only from the time of Christianity which was first revealed by Jesus thus, the denunciation will take place after the first Christians emerged and before Armageddon. How come it is all – meaning all nations…. it is because God will gather all nations against his denunciation. Denunciation from online dictionary means;

de·nounce

verb \di-ˈnau̇n(t)s, dē-\

de·nouncedde·nounc·ing

Definition of DENOUNCE

transitive verb
1
: to pronounce especially publicly to be blameworthy or evildenounced him as a bigot>
2
archaica : proclaimb : to announce threateningly
3
: to inform against : accuse
4
obsolete : portend
5
: to announce formally the termination of (as a treaty)
Here we can see the word ”denounce” means being condemned and nearly to terminate. Thus it suggest His denunciation will come and the termination for all nations of those who are against JEHOVAH will come to an end. This will happen very soon as all nations will not be able to hold the denunciation of God. All people who are teaching false will finally come to their end when the Great Day of Jehovah will come. The denunciation is to all nations.

Luke 21:26Men swooning away or expiring with fear and dread and apprehension and expectation of the things that are coming on the world; for the [very] powers of the heavens will be shaken and [d]caused to totter. – AMP

Luke 21:26Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. – KJV

Luke 21:26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. – NASB

Lucas 21:26Magsisipanglupaypay ang mga tao dahil sa takot, at dahil sa paghihintay ng mga bagay na darating sa ibabaw ng sanglibutan: sapagka’t mangangatal ang mga kapangyarihan sa mga langit. – Ang Dating Biblia (1905) o Ang Biblia

Let us see other verses from the Bible that misinterpreted by many religions. Let us quote them.

Psalms1:10 He also says,
“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.

11 They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.

12 You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. – TNIV

It is also in Psalms 102:25-26.

What does it mean? It means heavens and earth are subject to cease or disappear. It is a comparison statement between the things made by Jehovah and himself. The quality of the things he made which can be eliminated and his quality of being eternal. His creation has beginnings and will stop to exist as he wish it to happen. But Jehovah has no beginning and no ending – Psalms 90:2; Habakuk 1:12.

A verse from the Bible can prove that heavens and earth will not disappear.

Psalms 89:2 Your unfailing love will last forever.
Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens. – NLT

Psalms 89:2 For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens. – KJV

Awit 119:89 Magpakailan man, Oh Panginoon, ang iyong salita ay natatag sa langit. – Ang Dating Biblia (1905) –

So definitely from this we can learn that the words of Jehovah are faithful and are not lies – Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18. And if the heavens will disappear, where can he set his words that would prove it is forever? See?

Let us quote the words of Jehovah that says heavens and earth will not be removed.

Psalms 148:3-12

3 Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars
.

4 Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies
.

5 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for at his command they were created,

6 and he established them for ever and ever—
he issued a decree that will never pass away
.

7 Praise the LORD from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,

8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,

9 you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,

10 wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,

11 kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,

12 young men and women,
old men and children. – TNIV

3Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
4Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
5Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
6He hath also established them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass. – KJV

This is not literally from the mouth of Jehovah but the writings were inspired by the holy spirit of Jehovah thus it comes from Jehovah (see 1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 20 – 21). The verse below is more undeniable. Would the verses above signify only people? No.  People are also included on those verses (v. 11-12). From verse 3 to 12 all are commanded to praise him. Why? It is to clearly emphasize that all people [in the coming paradise] are subject to praise him. There would be no excuse to anyone. In heaven and on earth it is a must. That is why the Psalmist used the nonliving things even it is impossible for them to do that. So definitely those are literal things. And the BEST PROOF FROM THE WORDS OF JEHOVAH…

Jeremiah 31:35 This is what Jehovah, the Giver of the sun for light by day, the statutes of the moon and the stars for light by night, the One stirring up the sea that its waves may become boisterous, the One whose name is Jehovah of armies, has said: 36 “‘If these regulations could be removed from before me,’ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘those who are the seed of Israel could likewise cease from proving to be a nation before me always.’”  – NWT

Jeremiah31:36 “Only if these decrees vanish from my sight,”
declares the LORD,
“will the descendants of Israel ever cease
to be a nation before me.

Let us clarify the words above. If the stars will remove so definitely we will never see their light at night as well as the sun on day. Of course removing earth will not prove the words of Jehovah. Is the seed of Abraham only stops after Armageddon so heavens and earth will vanish? No. The words of Jehovah are clear. The chosen nation won’t stop after Armageddon. There would be offspring that would come after Armageddon. Abraham and Israel’s descendants will be from generations to generations and be forever – “TO BE A NATION BEFORE ME” said by God. So definitely the nation here includes the Gentile nations that will live forever. So if the heavens and stars disappeared, how come the nation of God will stand before him? Just as simple as that. This seed could not only refer to the 144,000 because Jehovah promised to Abraham that his seed will possess the land of Canaan and even the land where his seeds became alien residences before.

Genesis 17:7 “And I will carry out my covenant between me and you and your seed after you according to their generations for a covenant to time indefinite, to prove myself God to you and to your seed after you. 8 And I will give to you and to your seed after you the land of your alien residences, even the entire land of Ca´naan, for a possession to time indefinite; and I will prove myself God to them.

Jeremiah 33:22-26

25 “This is what Jehovah has said, ‘If it was not a fact that I had appointed my own covenant of the day and night, the statutes of heaven and earth, 26 so too I would reject even the seed of Jacob and of David my servant, so that I should not take from his seed rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I shall gather their captives and will have pity upon them.’”

Again some people will twist these words. Some will say how come it will be generations to generations and be forever? Can the earth hold the growing populations forever? From generation to generations doesn’t mean offspring will be coming forever. Jehovah did not say any words that prove that. You cannot find anything that supported such idea. He just said from “generation to next generations” but not “generations to come forever”. Before people know the effect of continuous population forever, God knows it already. So definitely he would stop it. But where is the proof that after Armageddon people will still give birth? Read the verse below.

Isaiah 65: 23 They will not toil in vain or bear children doomed to misfortune; for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them. – TNIV

And this is a true happening after Armageddon because it is under on the new heaven and new earth that Jehovah will make – Isaiah 65:17 – 25.

The verse below assured the nation (not the Holy Nation or the Spiritual Israel) that would not end in Armageddon.

Acts 3:25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’

This doesn’t happen yet (ALL PEOPLE ON EARTH WILL BE BLESSED BUT IT WOULD SOON COME) and it would only happen after Jehovah eliminated all the wicked people, Satan and his demons and that is after 1000 years.

Another verse use by some preachers is this verse:

2 Corinthians 4:18 while we keep our eyes, not on the things seen, but on the things unseen. For the things seen are temporary, but the things unseen are everlasting. -NWT

Interpreting the Bible needs logic. There are literal and symbolical words. Thus, we must consider everything in order not to contradict to other verses. There might be two same words of the verses that seem contradicting and unless we understand the real thought of God we cannot arrive at the right conclusion. The problem with many religions is they stick to their own knowledge and not consider the thought of Jehovah. Just like in the word “new earth”, a lot of verses in the Bible show that the earth will remain forever. From Genesis to Revelation. A very simple word, but if someone read it with “understanding” then he may know the real teachings of the word of God. About 2Corinthians 4:18, does it apply to everything we see? If you say yes then you have to prove me that the idea below belongs to this verse.

We have heard the word of God through many preachers and we have WITNESSED the truthfulness of his words by READING and UNDERSTANDING it from the Bible. WE HAVE SEEN HIS WORDS IN THE BIBLEWould it mean the words we perceived through reading and hearing will pass or gone in our mind? Or to make it plainWILL THE HOLY SCRIPTURES DISAPPEAR? If you say yes, then you are against his words written by Isaiah on Isaiah 40:8.

Isaiah 40:8 The green grass has dried up, the blossom has withered; but as for the word of our God, it will last to time indefinite.” – NWT

Therefore, 2 Corinthians 4:18 is literal in a way that the bad thoughts and memories as well as bad experiences will not be remembered by those people who will be resurrected and survived in Armageddon but not all the things we currently see will vanish. If someone will take this literal seriously, then he is also believing that the righteous people that he sees is also temporal and that would be against now to the will of God of giving everlasting life to righteous people.

Another verse use by some religious leaders is Matthew 25:34.

Another scriptural text use by some religions is Matthew 25:34 and they are interpreting it in literal sense. Let us quote the verse.

Matthew 25:34

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. – TNIV

Since the kingdom mentioned by Jesus was said to be prepared by his Father ever since the creation of the world, they use to say that there is another literal new earth that is reserved for mankind. However, this does not disprove the word of God. Remember Jehovah said through Isaiah that he is making new heavens and a new earth. That is and should be in present tense meaning when Jehovah said it he is already making his way or preparing it to come. You can read the verse in Isaiah 65:17. Thus it contradicts Matthew 25:34 if we would mean that a literal new earth was made already and reserved for righteous people. So how should we understand the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:34? What Jesus is saying is that the kingdom which God has prepared for man since the creation of the world is simply the inheritance that righteous people will have and that is the earth. They will live forever on earth. When Jehovah created Adam and Eve he told them to multiply and have authority on every living creatures on earth. Jehovah’s will is to let Adam and Eve and their offspring to live forever on earth. He told the couple to let the earth become a whole paradise.  That was the original aim of Jehovah in creating the earth and the couple. Since Adam and Eve have given authority by Jehovah to have control over the animals and things on earth, this means Jehovah is giving the earth as their kingdom on which they will be heading it. But since the couple had sinned against Jehovah, the kingdom (their inheritance of the earth) which was given to them on which they will have control over it did not continue to be on their authority because they died. That is why when Jesus mentioned that the kingdom prepared by his Father since the creation of the world really reflects the extended government from heaven unto the earth or the organization on earth that is aimed by Jehovah since before and that the “kingdom” that righteous may have is to possess and have control over the things on earth in beautifying the earth as a paradise. When the “aimed” organization on earth through Adam and Eve was broken because of Satan, Jehovah still aim that there will be an organization that will govern the earth and that is through the Heavenly Kingdom which he had established through his appointed king none other than Jesus.  One example of this who will possess a kingdom (rulership) on earth in the future is David which can be found in Psalms 89:27 – 37 and Ezekiel 37:24 – 26. Of course, David is not the only one who will govern on earth. There are other people who will have authority to govern the people on earth and they will be subjected to the one government of God in heaven. Jesus words “to possess the kingdom eversince the world began” means everyone will possess a property to own and manage. With this process, the whole earth will have abundance of food and will be beautified again and will continue to bloom forever.

What about the texts in 2 Peter 3:5 – 7? What does “heavens” and “earth” means on that texts?

Let us quote the verse.

2 Peter 3: 5 – 7

5 For, according to their wish, this fact escapes their notice, that there were heavens from of old and an earth standing compactly out of water and in the midst of water by the word of God; 6 and by those [means] the world of that time suffered destruction when it was deluged with water. 7 But by the same word the heavens and the earth that are now are stored up for fire and are being reserve to the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men.

I believe, the “heavens” which was mentioned before by apostle Peter refers to literal heavens. The “earth” mentioned by Peter is the literal earth. Through God’s words, the world suffered destruction from God. Some average stars (those existed 25,000 years ago) are said to explode at their own time and this may happen after 10,000 to 100,000 years of their existence if I am not mistaken. We cannot be sure of this knowledge though science can be certain in many things. Remember, science also said that the sun will end up in the coming half or billion years where scientists said that it will run out of hydrogen and eventually expands bigger and bigger and that will make our earth dissolved. But this is impossible in regards to the words of Jehovah mention in the previous verses. He has set its temperature so that earth will have life on it. If he can set the temperature of the sun for us to have life now, definitely he can also set and fixed the temperature of the sun in the future in order the earth remain and the human live forever as what he promised to the people. So how come Jehovah will destroy heavens when in fact he set statutes on heavenly things he made that will never pass – Psalms 148:6?  Actually, in Isaiah 40:26 it says that no one from all the stars is missing and that God calls all of them by its name. Science reports that stars are really exploding after 10,000(?) or 100,000(?) years for ordinary stars.  However, the sun existed for 4.6 billion years now and the sun is an average star yet it is not being dissolved until now. On the other hand, though we know and may believe that other stars may explode as what the astronomers discovered and seen, the words of Jehovah guarantees us that earth and people on it will abide forever. Those explosions in heavens may be true as the fulfillment of God’s words about the signs in the sun, moon and stars that is about to happen in the last days before the Son of Man appears. If He can make path for the planets to revolve around the sun through his dynamic power then definitely he can also make a continuous decree on how the sun will give its proper energy to earth. If he made and can uphold billions of galaxies (with estimated of 100 billions as what science reported) with enormous forces on it as what science is saying, then there is nothing impossible as for the sun not to explode as well as the heavens not to vanish because nothing is impossible to Jehovah. (Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37) Thus his words will be fulfilled because nothing in his words is impossible. Therefore the other “heavens” and “earth” that are stored up for fire for judgment does not literally mean as literal heavens and the literal earth but rather those “heavens” are those individuals of the world with high positions who are against of the will of Jehovah and the “earth” is the general wicked people of the earth.

Consider the verse below when Jehovah refers to “heavens” and “earth”.

Deuteronomy 31:30 – 32:1

30 And Moses proceeded to speak in the hearing of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song until their completion:

1 “Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak;
And let the earth hear the sayings of my mouth.

At that time when Moses sang this, he was referring to the Israel nation (though he is taking the heavens and earth as witnesses of his words which includes angels who are watching and the Israel who  were hearing by that time) thus the word “heavens” could refers to angelic beings  and the “earth” refers to the general people of Israel who were freed from the Egyptians.

What are the other verses in the Bible that shows “earth” is not always the literal earth? Consider the following verses:

Genesis 11:1 Now all the earth continued to be of one language and of one set of words.

The word “all the earth” (compare this to the Deuteronomy 32:1) here refers not to the literal earth but to all the people on earth on that time. The people before are speaking in one language. Since the literal earth cannot speak literally, then it is proper to conclude that the “earth” here means the people on earth at that time. The same thought could be seen in Habakuk 2:20; Psalms 76:8 and Isaiah 11:9.

What about 2 Peter 3:10 – 12? To which the heavens, elements and earth refer to?

2 Peter 3:10 – 12

10 Yet Jehovah’s day will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a hissing noise, but the elements being intensely hot will be dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be discovered. 11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought YOU to be in holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion, 12 awaiting and keeping close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah, through which [the] heavens being on fire will be dissolved and [the] elements being intensely hot will melt! – NWT

It is true that the word “heavens” may would meas as of literal heavens but should we mean that this is the heaven that we see on sky by our eyes? We know that there are billions of galaxies to which there are billions of stars on each galaxy. Those galaxies are called heavens also. Thus, the heavens that may dissolved or vanished are the the heavens which are not in our common sight and this is happening as science reported that some stars are colliding or even exploding. Jehovah promised in his words that moon and stars that we see will not be removed and that he made a decree over them to give light at night as well as the sun (See the Biblical verse above). His words would not be broken as it is true in many verses above about the earth that will not be removed. (Psalms 37:29; 104:5)

In relation to the word “dissolved” in the above verse please see Psalms 75:2 -3 wherein the same word “dissolved” was been used on the first judgment of God to earth but still the earth exist. The same will happen in this present earth. The “earth”, the wicked people on earth are the ones who will be “dissolved”. The heavens that were talking here could also mean those people with rulership and power. They are the ones who will melt.

2 “For I proceeded to take a set time;
I myself began judging with uprightness.

The earth and all its inhabitants being dissolved,
It was I that adjusted its pillars. – NWT

2“When I select an appointed time,
It is I who judge with equity.
3The earth and all who dwell in it [a]melt;
It is I who have firmly set its pillars. Selah. – NASB

Notice the word earth and all inhabitants before were dissolved excluding Noah and his family but the earth of yesterday still exist today.

In interpreting Scriptures in an appropriate way, when two same words seems to be contradicting to each other the only way to interpret it is one in literal way and the other one in figurative way. This is the rule in Greek language. We cannot take both words in literal for it would contradict to each other.

https://fromthesunrising.wordpress.com/2010/11/25/the-false-prophet-and-the-man-of-lawlessness/

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2 responses to this post.

  1. […] Answer: The earth itself will wear out indicate that the whole earth is subject to punishment but this does not indicate the earth will be destroyed. Psalms 37:9-11, 29 says that the earth will stay forever and Proverbs 2:21, 22 states that the righteous will remain on earth but the wicked will be uprooted out of the earth. Matthew 5:5 states by Jesus that the meek will inherit the earth. It says that the earth melt when the earth was punished by God yet it was not totally destroyed see this interlinear (http://interlinearbible.org/psalms/75-3.htm). The former earth means the former system of life on earth which includes the unrighteousness of the people on earth but not definitely the earth. See this blog about new earth. https://fromthesunrising.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/heaven-and-earth-will-pass-away-%E2%80%93-what-does… […]

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