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Katididaustralia 66F
49 posts
8/18/2014 1:19 am
The Earth Will Remain Forever

All references used are taken from the New International Version of The Holy Bible unless otherwise indicated.

Who Deserves the Credit for This Wonderful Earth?
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:31 God saw all that He had made and it was very good.

Was the Earth Created for Beauty Alone?
No. Although at this time in the universe we can see that the earth is the only piece of real colour - a jewel in space and very beautiful - the earth was created specifically for humankind. For our welfare and survival.
Psalm 115:16 The highest heavens belong to God but the earth He has given to man.

How Long Will the Earth Remain?
Ecclesiates 1:4 Generations come and generations go but the earth remains forever.
Psalms 78:69 He built His sanctuary like the heights like the earth that He established forever.
Psalms 104:5 He set the earth on its foundations and it can never be moved.
He has founded the earth upon its established places and it will not be made to totter to time indefinite or forever.(NW)
Psalms 119:90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations and you established the earth and it endures.
Your faithfulness is for generations after generation and you have solidly fixed the earth that it may keep standing.(NW)
Genesis 8:22 As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.
Isaiah 55:10+11 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater so is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Is the Earth Beyond Repair As Some Would Have Us Believe?
Happily, our mismanagement of the earth is not beyond repair.
The earth has enormous powers of repair built into its cycles and Jehovah God designed the natural mechanisms for life.
Ecclesiastes 1:5,6 + 7 The sun rises and the sun sets and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north, round and round it goes ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come form there they return again.
Genesis 1:11 Then God said, Let the land produce vegetation, seed bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it according to their various kinds
The earth has a water cycle, birth and death cycle, growing cycles, oxygen-carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, biorhythms and food chains and much more.

Every day we see the terrible results of the damage being done to the earth. It can make us despair that anything will get better but Gods promises are sure and there are consequences awaiting those who wantonly damage the earths systems because Jehovah God cares about all His creation.
Rev. 11:18 ....and for destroying those who destroy the earth.
....and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.(NW)

Does 2Peter 3:Seven conflict with Gods words?
2Peter 3:Seven 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.
No. This verse is one of the many figurative verses God uses in His Word.
heavens = rulerships
earth/world = mankind
fire = destruction
For example -
Genesis 1:11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.
Now all the earth continued to be of one language and of one set of words.(NW)
(Obviously the earth itself does not talk.)
Haggai 2:21 + 22 Tell Zerubbabel governor of Judah that I will shake the heavens and the earth. I will overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms......
Rev. 12:9 The great dragon was hurled down - that ancient serpent called the devil or satan who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth and his angels with him.
So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called devil and satan who is misleading the entire inhabited earth.....(NW)
Psalms 96:13 They will sing before God for he comes, he come to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His truth.
(Obviously, it is not the earth or the world itself God is going to judge but mankind.)

Is the Restoration of earthly Paradise Certain?
First. God will remove satans wicked systems.
Second. He will remove satan, his demon cohorts and their entire influence over mankind.
Rev. 20:1-3 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven having the key to the abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and bound him for a thousand year. He threw him into the abyss and locked and sealed it over him to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended.
Rev. 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 every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or morning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away.
(That old order is the system we now live in. A system ruled and influence by opposition to Gods sovereignty)

Peace will prevail.
What a wonderful prospect to keep clear in our minds.
As we live in this system of things we are simply used to the prevailing air of satans influence in all aspects of our lives and often we forget to take that into account when making decisions or taking action.
When that air is gone and all things are made new we will have a completely new influence in our lives. Gods pure, loving, logical and reasonable influence.
What a marvelous future we have to look forward to if we keep following His Sons great example and commandments.
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God.

What Will the Restored Earth Be Like?
Psalm Seventy2:16-19 Let grain abound throughout the land - on the tops of the hills may it sway. Let its fruit flourish like Lebanon - let it thrive like the grass of the field.May His name endure forever - may it continue as long as the sun. All nations will be blessed through him and they will call him blessed. Praise be to Jehovah the God of Israel who alone does marvelous deeds. Praise be to his glorious name, Jehovah, forever and may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and amen.
Isaiah 11:6-9 The wolf will live with the lamb and the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together and a little will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear and their young will lie down together and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra and the young put his hand into the vipers nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain for the earth will be full of the knowledge of Jehovah as the waters cover the sea.
Isaiah 35:5-9 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and the streams in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool , the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay grass and reeds and papyrus will grow. And a highway will be there and it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it and it will be for those who walk in that Way. Wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there nor will any ferocious beast get up on it as they will not be found there but only the redeemed will walk there and the ransomed of God will return.
Isaiah 54:13+14 All your sons will be taught by God and great will be your childrens peace.In righteousness you will be established and tyranny will be far from you and you will have nothing to fear. Terror will be far removed and it will not come near you.
Isaiah 65:21-23 They will build houses and dwell in them and they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they build houses and others live in them or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree so will be the days of my people, my chosen ones will long enjoy the work of their hands. They will not toil in vain or bear doomed to misfortune for they will be a people blessed by Jehovah and they and their descendants with them
Romans 8:21 That the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the of God.
2Peter 3:13 In keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth which will be the home of righteousness.

So many blessings awaiting on the restored paradise earth.
The blessing that Jehovah God intended for us to have at the beginning.
Such intention being thwarted by satans arrogant opposition and lying, maliciousness.
Happily, such is the mercy and compassion of God and His loving that their intention from the time of the original sin has always been to restore humanity to the prospect of eternal happiness ruled by the Kingdom(Government) of God.

Chris4Christ 59M
118 posts
8/21/2014 8:25 pm

I'm unfamiliar with the "NW" translation of the bible. Which is that?

I disagree with the claim that the earth will be restored and continue on forever, and that there will be an "earthly Paradise".

Your scripture references are too brief and leave out vital information to the entire message being told, and some of what you quoted you paraphrased.

I'll give you one example: One that you referenced was Revelation 20:1-3 followed by Revelation 21:3+4
You omitted the remainder of chapter 20, and skipped right on past 21:1-2, where it clearly spells out the exact opposite of what you're saying. I'll just quote the scripture that was skipped (specific points in blue text):
Revelation 20:4
And I saw thrones, and they that sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall reign with him a thousand years.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Revelation 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
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride for her husband.

And couple more from revelation......
Revelation 22:18
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.(KJV)

Satan himself paraphrased scripture when he was trying to tempt Jesus in the desert.

Caution should be used when posting your interpretations of scripture, lest you become subject to that interpretation by others.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.(KJV)

Katididaustralia 66F
93 posts
8/22/2014 1:20 am

Hi Chris,
Gee mate,....I can't just quote whole texts when doing a study on a subject.
I thought my posting was quite long enough as it was...grin.
I also was just using Scriptures to highlight the subject in question.
The verses you quote above are a whole other subject.
But no worries.
Thanks for your comment.