We've Got It All Backwards
My prayer is for all who read this to seriously consider the state of their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is everything. We have heard the clarion call to follow the science. I urge you to do so. Allow me to explain.
Over the next couple of weeks, we will be winding down our study of the book of Revelation. I will continue to lean on Dr. M. R. DeHaan’s book Revelation: 35 Simple Studies In the Major Themes In Revelation.
We have traced the history of the Church, Satan has been judged, the wicked have been raised and cast into the lake of fire, and only eternity remains. Think about this a second: In our study of Revelation we have reached the end of time and the beginning of eternity.
Every bit of sin and its curse is now to be removed, and everything will be made new. Seven new things are mentioned in the last two chapters of Revelation. Seven is the number of perfection and reminds us that when in Revelation 21:5 God says,
“I am making everything new!”
He means to do this. Everything will be made perfectly new. God is referring to absolute perfection. The seven new things are as follows:
A new heaven
A new earth
The New Jerusalem
A new temple
A new light
A new paradise
Today we will focus on the new heaven and the new earth. Next week we will finish up with the New Jerusalem.
When referring to the new heaven, the word “heaven” refers to the atmospheric heaven. In scripture, there are three heavens. First, the atmospheric heaven of gas around the earth; second, there is the planetary heaven of the stars and sun and moon; third, the heaven of heavens, the dwelling place of God himself.
It is to the atmospheric heavens that John is referring here in scripture. This is also evidenced by other scripture where the new heaven is mentioned. Isaiah 65:17,
“Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.”
Everything which has been defiled by sin and Satan will be purified by fire and made new.
Since the earth was defiled by sin, it will be destroyed, and since the atmosphere, the air, is the present domain of the “prince of the power of the air” (Satan), this also will be purified by fire.
We find the scriptural explanation of how this will all take place in the teachings of Peter. Please note that this is true science, not pretend science of the 21st Century. Remember, God is the author of all things, including science.
In many instances, over the last several centuries the true science of the Bible has been minimized by the institutionalized educational elite. This is nothing new, we all know that this is the case. However, let me give you an example of the frailty of the scientism of the elite versus the staying power of the true science that is contained in the Bible.
From the website GiantFreakinRobot:
“Science appreciators around the world have been pleased with the new images being produced by the new James Webb Space Telescope. This new highly advanced telescope has showcased images of the starways that no one has ever seen before. While the public has been transfixed by how many new galaxies, stars, and more have been shown, it has caused a panic among astronomers and cosmologist communities. One of the growing concerns for these new images is that it has begun to produce papers that might be indirectly stating that the Big Bang Theory has been debunked, which would be massively heartbreaking for many people.”
“Many scientists have been studying these new images and redetermining evidence that has stood for many years. The big bang theory essentially states that the universe began some 14 billion years ago in an incredibly hot and dense state that has been expanding ever since. However, the characteristics of the galaxies that are furthest away should be huge and contain a ‘red skirt’ to their light. What the James Webb Telescope has discovered is that those galaxies that are furthest away show exactly the opposite characteristics than what is to be expected. An astronomer at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Alison Patrick, spoke about this new evidence with great panic. According to Patrick, ‘Right now I find myself lying awake at three in the morning and wondering if everything I’ve done is wrong’.”
“The Big Bang Theory was initially devised in 1931. Should it be debunked, it would cause scientists to rethink their entire careers (and conclusions). Science uses hypotheses and theories to determine and test anything in the known universe. However, years of research and data might be deemed wrong should the Big Bang Theory be debunked. If it is debunked, it might cause an existential crisis for astronomers, cosmologists, and regular people. All those who have rejected the idea of God (as creator), but adopted the Big Bang Theory, would have to ask themselves: ‘where did all these (new) galaxies come from?”
1931 was a long time ago. We have made incredible advancements in technology since that time. Yet, in our elite research institutions, we have a groupthink mentality that stifles any alternative theories that counter the current groupthink.
My thought is this: I do not just believe that these scientists and Big Bang theorists are wrong. I believe that they have it all backwards. The Big Bang comes at the end of the world, not at the beginning. Allow me to explain.
The Bible does contain real science, true science. Not this pretend Scientology of the 20th and 21st Centuries. God is the author of all things, including science and medicine. Let’s go to 2 Peter 3:3-7,
“First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘Where is this (second) coming?' he promised. Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’ But they deliberately forgot that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of the water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men and women.”
The present heavens and earth are held in check by the very same word of God, stored with fire, and reserved for the day of judgment.
Peter is quoted here as saying that the earth is reserved for fire, in other words, the earth is stored with fire, for fire.
We know this to be scientifically true today, but Peter knew this 1900 or so years ago, and Isaiah knew this 2500 or so years ago, but God always knew it, because he is the One who made the earth. 2 Peter 3:10,
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be burned up.”
If this seems like gobblety gook and make-believe to you, remember this is the true science. The gobblety gook was theorized in 1931. Here is the true science of truth. The earth is composed of several gaseous elements, but the two predominant substances are nitrogen and oxygen. These two gases are two of the most combustible gasses in existence. Oxygen is a basic necessity for all combustion. In fact, burning is merely the oxidation of matter. Without oxygen, there can be no combustion. The air around us is composed largely of this combustible gas.
The other element in the air is nitrogen, the basic element contained in most of our high explosives such as dynamite and T.N.T.
Besides these two highly inflammable and combustible gasses there is present in the atmosphere a large amount of water, and water consists of oxygen and hydrogen. Hydrogen is the highly explosive gas once used for inflating and flying zeppelins and dirigibles, but due to its combustibility, it was replaced by other gasses. Because the zeppelins like the Hindenburg burst into flames.
When Peter tells us that “the heavens will disappear with a loud roar”, not only is he being quite serious, but he is also being scientific. The atmospheric heaven about us is a storehouse of fire, ready to explode when God gives the signal, just like he moved the water with the flood in Noah’s time.
Just imagine the roar of the explosion when the air, containing billions of square miles of nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen, suddenly explodes, as scripture tells us it will.
The big bang theorists have got it all backwards, the world did not begin with the big bang, but it will end with a big bang. Is this not how Satan, the father of all lies, would try to deceive us? Deceiving us with lies and confusion.
This explosion will be so big that stars millions of miles away will be shaken from their proper courses and fall from the heavens. How do we know this? Isaiah speaks of this in the book of Isaiah 13:13,
“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.”
I’m not here to frighten you about this new big bang. My prayer is for you to understand these facts and how the Lord will destroy the earth by fire and then create the new heavens and the new earth. This is something for us to look forward to with anticipation because it comes when Jesus Returns.
This destruction of the earth and the atmosphere does not mean its annihilation but, rather, its purification by fire and the recasting of these purified elements into a new, more beautiful, sinless, and perfect earth destined to be the dwelling place of a sinless and purified people forever and ever.
This will be the fulfillment of Revelation 21:3-4,
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’”
I am not making any of this up. All of this comes straight from the Bible. If you haven’t read it lately, well, I strongly suggest that you should.
Since the prophecy of Isaiah regarding Jesus and his crucifixion is true, should we not treat his words regarding the prophecy of Jesus’ return as true also?
My question for each of you is this: Do you believe what you say you believe? I pose this question for those who say they believe and also for those who say that they don’t believe in Jesus and his word. It is and will be very important how we answer the question regarding our relationship with Jesus Christ when Christ returns.
Jesus is the way. Do not follow the world. Follow the Word. Follow Jesus.
Do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God.
and Harmony UMC