The Book of Isaiah
James J. Barker


Lesson 64
NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH

Text: ISAIAH 65:17-25


INTRODUCTION:


1.     The creation of the new heavens and the new earth is an important prophetic subject.  This will take place at the end of the millennial kingdom (cf. Isa. 66:22; II Peter 3:10-13; Rev. 21:1).

2.     Isaiah 65 deals with the millennial kingdom, but in Isaiah 65:17, the prophet Isaiah looks beyond the millennium into the eternal state.

3.     This was anticipated back in II Samuel 7.  Second Samuel 7:13 says, "He (referring to the son of King David) shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever."

4.     If the throne of David's son will be established "for ever," then it will extend beyond the millennial kingdom.  This will be fulfilled when God creates the new heavens and the new earth (cf. II Sam. 7:16).

 

I. IN THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM THE CURSE WILL BE LIFTED

1.     The curse is a result of the fall of man (cf. Genesis 3:14-19; 5:29).

2.     The curse will be lifted during the millennial kingdom, but not completely - the serpent will continue to eat dust (cf. Gen. 3:14). 

3.     The curse will be completely removed when Satan is cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10).

4.     The Bible says that the devil is the "god of this world" (II Cor. 4:4).   He controls politics, the business world, the entertainment industry, most schools, and even most churches.

5.     Our Lord referred to Satan's kingdom in Matthew 12:26.  It is highly organized and has penetrated all spheres of life.

6.     The devil's world system is to be carefully avoided by Christians.  That is why the Bible says, "friendship of the world is enmity with God" and, "whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God" (James 4:4).

7.     During the coming tribulation, this world system will be controlled by the antichrist, and our Lord will destroy it when He returns.

8.     During the coming tribulation, God will put it in the hearts of the leaders of the one-world government to destroy the harlot church of Rome (Rev. 17:16-18).

9.     Then when Christ returns, He will defeat the antichrist and all of his followers (Rev. 19:11-21).

10.     Then the devil will be cast into the bottomless pit and bound for a thousand years (Rev. 20:1-3).  Demons too will be shut up in a prison (cf. Isa. 24:21-23).

11.     The millennial kingdom will be an era of great rejoicing.  Jerusalem, a city that has been constantly under attack by the enemies of God, will become a place of rejoicing (Isa. 65:18, 19).

12.     Today the most prominent place in Jerusalem is "the Wailing Wall."  But when Christ returns there will be no more weeping and wailing in Jerusalem (65:19; cf. 25:8; 35:10; 60:20).

13.     Today the Jews are not able to make Jerusalem their capital city.  Tel Aviv must serve as their capital until the Lord Jesus Christ returns.  Then the Lord will establish His throne in Jerusalem.

14.     The U.S. Congress passed a law in 1995 that said Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, and the U.S. embassy should move there. But successive presidents, who set our foreign policy, have refused to move our embassy there. United States diplomats say U.S. policy is aligned with other major powers in viewing status of Jerusalem as under negotiation between Israel and Palestinians.

15.     In other words, the U.S. is bowing to pressure from Europe, the UN, and especially the Muslims, who despise the nation of Israel.

16.     Recently Senator Obama promised to make Jerusalem the capital city of Israel.  Predictably, Palestinian leaders reacted angrily. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the presidential candidate's pledge to American Jewish leaders and he demanded a Palestinian state with Arab East Jerusalem as its capital.

17.     Referring to Mr. Obama's pledge, Mr. Abbas told reporters in the West Bank administrative centre of Ramallah, "This statement is totally rejected."

18.     Meanwhile, we should not expect any change until Christ returns to establish His kingdom.  Then our Lord will sit upon the throne of David in the city of Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be the governmental and religious capital of the earth throughout the millennium (cf. Isa. 2:2-5; Zech. 8:21-23; 14:8, 9, 16-21).

19.     The millennial kingdom will merge into the final state of bliss, when "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" (Rev. 21:4).

20.     Isaiah 65:25 refers to the peaceful conditions that will prevail during the millennial kingdom (cf. 11:6-9).

21.     God's "holy mountain" (65:25; cf. 65:11) will not be limited to Mount Zion.  During the millennial kingdom it will refer to the entire earth.

22.     In Daniel 2:35, Daniel interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar's dream.  He explained to the king that, "the stone that smote the image (representing the kingdoms of this world) became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth."

 

II. ANTIDILUVIAN LONGEVITY WILL BE RESTORED DURING THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM (ISA. 65:20).

1.     Before the flood, men lived for nearly a thousand years (cf. Genesis 5:5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 27, etc.).

2.     This longevity will be restored during the millennial kingdom. A "child shall die an hundred years old" (65:20).

3.     However, since the curse will not be completely removed, there will still be sin and death.  "But the sinner being an hundred years old (considered a child) shall be accursed" (Isa. 65:20b).

4.     The curse will not be completely removed until after the millennium when the devil will be cast into the lake of fire (cf. Rev. 20:10-21:1ff; I Cor. 15:26).

5.     When Christ returns, the saints will return with Him, and we will enter the millennial kingdom in our glorified bodies.

6.     There will be many people saved during the tribulation who will not be executed by the forces of antichrist.  These Christians will enter the millennial kingdom in their natural, unglorified bodies.

7.     This is what our Lord meant in Matthew 25:34, when He said, "Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."

8.     To the unsaved, the King shall say, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels" (25:41).

9.     The believers who enter the millennial kingdom will marry and procreate, have families, work, and enjoy the fruit of their labor (65:21-23). 

10. Their offspring will be blessed of the LORD (65:23), however, some believers will produce rebellious children - "but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed" (Isa. 65:20b).

11. This explains how Satan will be able to gather together an army to fight God's people (Rev. 20:7-10).

12. Psalm 2:9 says, the Lord "shalt break them with a rod of iron," and "shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."

13. Revelation 20:9 says, "fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them."

 

III. THE JOY OF ANSWERED PRAYER (65:24).

1.     In all dispensations, God promises to answer the prayers of His people.

2.     Jeremiah 33:3 says, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."

3.     James 5:17 says, "Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly..."

4.     Our Lord said in John 15:7, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."

5.     But there will be a notable difference.  Often now there is an interval between the prayer offered and the answer given, but in the millennial kingdom there will be an immediate answer to prayer - "before they call, I will answer" (65:24).

 

CONCLUSION:

1.     Second Timothy 2:15 says, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

2.     But many people do not know how to "rightly divide the Word of truth."

3.     For example, some foolish people believe they can get the wolf and the lamb to feed together. 

4.     In the front of the UN building in Manhattan, there is a quote from Isaiah 2:4, "They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."

5.     They conveniently left out the first part of that verse, "And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people."

6.     Postmillennialists teach that they will bring in the kingdom, but it is God who will bring in His kingdom.  Three times God says, "I create" (Isa. 65:17, 18).

7.     Revelation 21:5 says, "And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new."  The millennial kingdom will be an entirely new order of existence for "all things."

8.     Many preachers today preach a "prosperity gospel" and they use verses that describe the prosperity of the millennial kingdom.

9.     But these promises are yet future and do not refer to the church age.

10. Our Lord said to His disciples, "Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves" (Luke 10:3).

11. The apostle Paul said in II Timothy 3:12, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."

12. There is no hint of a "prosperity gospel" for the church age.  Our Lord said in Matthew 16:24, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."

13. We are not to live for the luxurious pleasures of this wicked, sin-loving world.  We are to go out and win souls from this wicked, sin-loving world.

14. The apostle Paul said in Galatians 1:4 that Christ "gave himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father."



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