New Heavens and Earth.
God through prophet Isaiah declared in this prophesy concerning Israel, thousands of years ago that "I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind." God said it because He was going to make all things new in and through Christ Jesus, and that when believers realize this, that truly things are different through their renewed mind, all things will become new for them and then none will even remember how bad it used to be. But this is not what is being emphasized and taught in most churches today. Instead, we fight against everything, even prosperity, healing, miracles, signs and wonders, etc. This is so because our understanding and conclusion has always been on "till we get to heaven". Why have we settled for this? Isn't God able to do what He said thousand of years ago? From our understanding of the creation of the heavens and earth in the book of Genesis, we clearly "see" that God did finish all the works of "Creation and Formation", which I recommend you read before continuing.
God said," I create new heavens and a new Earth..behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy". Many of us today take only a part of the meaning and conclude that this is when the end comes, and not now (i.e, since the Cross). We have concluded over the years that everything God promised in this chapter 65 is to be at the second coming of Christ. But right in verse 20, God said "There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed." Did God say people will still die? and what of sinners He compered with the saints?? Yes He did, and He wasn't talking of "the Day of the Lord", i.e, the Judgement day.And this is why I said we took a part ( i.e, the spiritual aspect) of the meaning and concluded that the remaining part( i.e, the physical aspect) is to come when God re-create everything.
Another point I will like to bring in is the issue of "qualifying" things based on clean/unclean; new/old, and so on. Isn't it God that decree and declare things clean/unclean and new/old? Quoting from Isa 66:23 "And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD." Is it not the same moon that according to the set time by God, that is becoming new every designated season? Things only get renewed at every set time/date ordained by God. So right since the Perfect sacrifice of the Lamb of God, the heavens and the Earth has become new to every believer in Christ Jesus. Our Jerusalem is the new Jerusalem shown to apostle John in Rev 21:1-5;
"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. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 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. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful." and is this not exactly what Isaiah 65:17-18 saying? Isaiah prophesied before Christ, while John was after Christ.
The New Order.
"But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy." God is saying He has created and made all things new for His children in Christ. And we are to be living in this state of mind for ever. The Price, the Lamb of God has paid with His Blood, for a new beginning that started at the cross forever. But why are we still waiting for the end of everything before things become new for us? Why?! The heavens above us has been made new and the earth we reside also. The devil has forever been defeated absolutely at the Cross! We all have a lot of studying to do to claim all that belong to us in this "New Age" we live in till Christ come again for the final judgement of this world. Our churches need to teach this again and again till all the saints triumph over the works of the devil. The new age is for the saints of God and not the children of the devil. We are already under new heavens, new earth, and a new Jerusalem (i.e, the Holy City).
Are you still in doubt?
The new heavens and earth God promised in the books of Isa 65,66 and Rev 21,22 got completed since the triumph of Christ on the Cross! Believers are now blessed anywhere and everywhere they are according to the blessings in Isa 65:13-25, which we have to decree and confess (i.e, personalized) over our lives, over and over again till they are actualised.
So therefore receive the blessing of the new covenant/age as decreed by God in Isa 65:19-25;
"And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and
- the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
- There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. And
- they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and
- mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. And
- it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
- The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat.
- They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD."