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Heaven Earth (Revelation 21.1-2)

"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 the 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 indicates that sorrow is to be forgotten, sin is to be vanquished, darkness is to end and time is to turn into everlasting eternity. This continuing belief points to our immortal longings, to our inherent sense of sin and our abiding faith in God.✞

No Longer Any Sea

The SeaIn this vision of the 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 the sea and 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 will no longer be this menacing "sea" would have been a great comfort.✞

"Heaven Earth"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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