The Mind Cannot Portray It Now

The World To Come


1 Corinthians 2:9 - "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

It is a wonderful world out there, in the future, where God is inviting you and me to share with Him the blessings and the delights of the world He is preparing for a home of the redeemed from this earth. The artistic endeavors of the creative minds inside Disney World, or any other super creative center, could never come close, not even in the faintest shadow, to the grandiose creation of Almighty God.

We can begin to build a picture of the world to come taking some hints from the Word of God. "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." Rev. 21:1.

For the students of Geography there will be no more Atlantic Ocean, no more Pacific Ocean. There will be an earth with soft and low elevations surrounding innumerable lakes all around the earth.

The "first heaven that was passed away" is the actual atmospheric sky of clouds, stormy weather, hurricanes, snow and lightning that sometimes unleashes the fury of the elements upon us. It was not that way before the Flood. At Creation, God created a friendly sky. "And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." Gen. 1:6, 7. Can you imagine a shell or envelope of water high above the sky protecting all life from the effects of ultraviolet light and harmful radiation? Beside that, the envelope of water around the earth was there for the refraction of the rays of light and heat that provided a more uniform temperature all around the globe. A garden could be planted even at the poles. All that water, on the outer shell, came down at the time of the Flood, and the formation of ice began at the poles as the rays of heat were no longer bent toward the ground.

Today the earth is watered when it rains. The water seeps through the layers of the ground to form the subterranean aquifer. The excess water starts running downhill from the smallest streams to the big rivers when they join together to form large bodies of water like the Nile, the Amazon or the Mississippi, which are returning the evaporated water to the ocean.

Completely different before the Flood; it never rained. Every day the plants received their moisture from a heavy dew during the night. "For the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth... But there went up a midst from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground." Gen. 2:5, 6. Besides the dew, the earth was irrigated by four rivers that started at Eden. Like a volcano the spring came forth from a large eye of water. "And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it was parted, and became into four heads." Gen. 2:10. Here a mighty river started running downhill, dividing and subdividing into smaller streams until all the ramifications covered the face of the earth. It could be compared to the blood circulation. It goes out from the big arteries to the smallest one in the whole body to return through the veins. The water returned through the veins forming "the fountains of the great deep." Gen. 7:11.

Is it to much to imagine that the antediluvians were using those waterways to travel to all parts of the earth? The names of the four rivers were: Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel and Euphrates. The descendants of Noah took the name of the last one to name the river they were following downhill as the Euphrates of today. Gen. 2:10-14.

Genesis 7:11 tell us that at the time of the Flood, the waters that were in the shell above the sky came down as a torrential rain, and the waters that were in the fountains of the great deep came up as a violent tsunami all around the earth.

Now let's come to some details of the earth made new, at the establishment of God's Kingdom on earth. Rev. 21, 22. We begin again with a great river. "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb." Rev. 22:1.

"And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." Rev. 21:2.

"And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever." Rev. 22:5.

"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." Rev. 21:4.

"And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them..." Isaiah 65:21, 22.

The promise made to Abraham and to the children of Israel will be gloriously fulfilled in the earth made new. "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son." Rev. 21:7. The inheritance, the land promised to Abraham, the new earth, will be yours too, if you overcome. What things to overcome? All things that hinder the entrance to God's Kingdom, beginning with selfish pride. "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3. Not with human power, but with the grace of God, trusting in the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus.

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Gal. 3:28, 29.

"They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of water: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." Rev. 7:16, 17.

"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." Rev. 22:14.

"And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord." Isaiah 66:23.

Until Christ comes back to rescue His people from the present earth, we have to center our hopes and trust in the promise Jesus made: "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:2, 3.

This is the home, the world to come, the inheritance given to the overcomer, that none other can take away. It is yours, if you apply for it.




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