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A glimpse into the future is shown to John on the isle of Patmos, and he writes: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more” (Rev. 21:1). These words of John remind us of the words given by God to the prophet: “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind” (Isa. 65:17). So both Testaments affirm a new heaven and a new earth.

The idea of “new” anticipates the future, the eschatological conclusion of history, while the words “first” and “former” relate to the present state of things, as well as the past state of good that characterized original creation. That which was before and that which is now will give way to that which is coming.

Consideration will be given to the following topics:

        Original Creation

        Subjected to Futility

        Subjected in Hope

        All Things New

        The Holy City

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