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Sunday, August 23 2015
Isaiah 66: Home In The New Heavens And A New Earth
"Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."
The English-language word "heaven" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word, heofon, that simply meant above (the English word "heave," meaning to rise or what is above, is from the same original word). "Heaven" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced shaw-may, and the Greek word, pronounced oo-ran-aws, both of which are used to refer to either the sky (i.e. the earth's atmosphere), or the limitless outer space above it - all of which are in the same universe, or "heaven."
Examples from the Word of God, with "heaven" specifically meaning the sky, or the atmosphere (notice that birds spend their physical lives in "heaven," and that there is snow and rain in "heaven"):
"1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven." (Genesis 1:20 KJV)
As plainly stated in the Scriptures above, Earth itself not only has its own heaven (i.e. the sky and atmosphere), Earth is in heaven as it orbits the Sun (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
The only heaven that does not yet exist on Earth is the Father's Presence that is now in the Highest Heaven - but the Father too will be coming to Earth after the Messiah has completed all of the work of Salvation that the Father sent Him to do.
"21:1 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. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 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. 21:4 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." (Revelation 21:1-4 KJV)
Isaiah wrote of that new heaven (i.e. where the Father will have His Throne) and the new Earth (i.e. after it has been purified with fire, after Salvation has been completed), as did the apostle Peter.
"65:16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes. 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind." (Isaiah 65:16-17 KJV)
Isaiah, like Peter, was given to see that the "new heavens and a new earth" will be the home of those who have chosen to repent and obey the LORD (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners). They will then, in due time, be "born again" as actual children of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and The First And Last Nation).
"66:1 Thus saith the LORD,
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This Day In History, August 23
79: Mount Vesuvius, a volcano located in southwestern Italy near the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, renewed activity. The following eruption destroyed the nearby cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
476: Odoacer, a Germanic tribal chieftain, was proclaimed Rex Italiae ("King of Italy") by his army (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1244: Ottoman / Turkish forces in Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate) expelled the Church of Rome "crusaders" under Frederick II (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1305: William Wallace, a Scottish patriot, was hung, drawn and quartered for treason by King Edward I.
1367: Gil Alvarez Carrillo de Albornoz died at age 57. A Spanish soldier and cardinal, he paved the way for the return of the papacy to Italy from Avignon, France, where the popes lived from 1309 to 1377 (see The Struggle For The Papacy; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1541: French explorer Jacques Cartier landed near Quebec on his third voyage to North America (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1572: In France, Catholics massacred thousands of Huguenots (French Protestants), under orders of Catherine de Medici, advisor to her son, Charles IX, King of France.
1711: A British attempt to invade French-held "New France" (as what is today eastern Canada was then known) by sea was repelled.
1775: King George III declared the New England colonies in open rebellion.
1784: The people of an area of western North Carolina (now in eastern Tennessee) declared themselves to be an independent state, under the name of the State of Franklin. It lasted only 4 years after it wasn't accepted into the Union.
1821: Mexico was declared independent of Spain by the Treaty of Aquala.
1833: Britain abolished slavery in its colonies, freeing 700,000 slaves. Slavery continued in the former colonies that by that time had become the independent United States.
1866: The Treaty of Prague was signed, formally ending the Seven Weeks' War between Austria and Prussian-led German states.
1914: At the start of the First World War, Japan declared war on Germany (30 years later, Japan and Germany were allies in the Second World War; listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1914: In the town of Dinant, Belgium, during the First World War, German soldiers murdered 612 civilian men, women and children, the youngest a 3 week old baby held in its mother's arms. The Germans gave as their reason that Belgian civilians had fired on them while they were repairing a bridge.
1917: During the First World War, the Ontario cabinet passed an order-in-council that provided for the city of Berlin, Ontario to change its name to Kitchener, effective September 1.
1921: Feisal I was installed as King of Iraq.
1926: U.S. film "idol" Rudolph Valentino died, causing world-wide hysteria and a number of suicides.
1931: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) of Germany and Joseph Stalin of Russia signed a non-aggression pact (that Hitler violated with his invasion of Russia a few years later), leaving the way open for Germany to attack Poland.
1942: The Battle of Stalingrad began. Although the city was reduced to rubble by the Germans, the Russians fought on, and after 6 months the Germans surrendered.
1952: Frederick George Kenyon died at age 89. The British archaeologist and language scholar devoted his life to discovering Biblical parallels in ancient Greek papyri, convincing critics that science does not disprove the Bible.
1980: The Polish communist government agreed to negotiate directly with striking Gdansk shipworkers.
1990: East and West Germany announced that they would unite on October 3, ending four decades of post-World War II division.
1991: Radical Moscow city leaders took control of the Soviet Communist Party's headquarters, seizing documents and sealing offices, as anti-communism swept the nation in the wake of a failed hardline coup.
2011: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown during the 2011 Libyan civil war. Gaddafi was later captured, beaten and summarily shot by rebels in the street.