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Heaven Earth
(Revelation 21.1-2)
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"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband." (Revelation 21.1-2)✞

Ancient Jewish Peoples

New Heaven and EarthThe dream of a new heaven and a new earth has always been deep in the thoughts of ancient Jewish peoples. "Behold," said God in Isaiah 65.17, "I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered, or come into mind." This indicated that sorrow was to be forgotten, sin was to be vanquished, darkness was to end and time was to turn into everlasting eternity. This continuing belief today points to our immortal longings, to our inherent sense of sin and our abiding faith in God that all will be resolved in the end.✞

No Sea

The SeaIn this vision of future bliss, we come upon one of the most interesting phrases in the Book of Revelation, "There was no longer any sea." This phrase has a much more important background than we might realize. The ancient Jewish people hated and feared the sea so much so that they had other nations like the Phoenicians bring in supplies for them by boat. Jews believed that demons lived below the water, hence those people who fell into the water and drowned in their thought processes had been killed by demons. The thought that there would no longer be this menacing "sea" would have been a great comfort to all Jewish peoples.✞

"Heaven Earth"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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