WHO WILL BE IN THE NEW HEAVEN AND THE NEW EARTH?
(Monday, May 11, 2020)
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful (Revelation 21:5). Psalm 95:8-11 says, “Don’t be stubborn, as your ancestors were at Meribah, as they were that day in the desert at Massah. There they put me to the test and tried me, although they had seen what I did for them. For forty years I was disgusted with those people. I said, ‘How disloyal they are! They refuse to obey my commands.’ I was angry and made a solemn promise: ‘You will never enter the land where I would have given you rest.”
The bible reveals that there were 603550 men from twenty years and above who came up from Egypt (Number 1:46), who begun a journey 40 years earlier. However, Joshua (at the age of 80-85 years) and Caleb (at the age of 40 years) were the only adult Israelites in that first generation who went “into the fullness” of God’s calling. No one from 20 years and above made it except for those two. People gave birth to more children on the 40-year journey who made it to Canaan (a total of 601730 men of 20 years and above reached the promised land), but only two of the original crowd made it (Number 26:51). Even Moses and Aaron could not enter and died in sight of the land they had desired to enter. (Deuteronomy 32:48-52; 34:1-5). They could not enter because both of them were unfaithful to God and trespassed against the God in the presence of the people of Israel. When Moses was at the waters of Meribah, near the town of Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin, he dishonoured God in the presence of the people.
2.0 WHO WILL BE IN THE NEW HEAVEN AND THE NEW EARTH
During end times following categories of people or souls will be in the New Heaven and the New Earth:
2.1 Only 144,000 people from 12 tribes of Israel who will be marked with God’s seal (Lamb’s name and his Father’s name) on their forehead (Revelation 7:3-8; 14: 1). They are the people who will stand before the throne, the four living creatures, and the elders; they will be singing a new song, which only they could learn. Of the whole human race, they will be the only ones who will be redeemed. They will be the men who will keep themselves pure by not having sexual relations with women; they will be virgins. They will be following the Lamb wherever he goes. They will be redeemed from the rest of the human race and will be the first ones to be offered to God and to the Lamb. They will never be known to tell lies; they will be faultless. (Revelation 14: 3-5)
2.2. There will be an enormous crowd—no one can count all the people! They will be from every race, tribe, nation, and language, and they will stand in front of the throne and of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They will call out in a loud voice: “Salvation comes from our God, who sits on the throne, and from the Lamb!” All the angels will stand around the throne, the elders, and the four living creatures. Then they will throw themselves face downward in front of the throne and will worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Praise, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honour, power, and might belong to our God forever and ever! Amen!” These are the people who will come safely through the terrible persecution. They will wash their robes and made them white with the blood of the Lamb. That is why they will stand before God’s throne and will serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits on the throne will protect them with his presence. Never again will they hunger or thirst; neither sun nor any scorching heat will burn them, because the Lamb, who is in the center of the throne, will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7: 9-17)
2.3 The souls of those who had been executed because they had proclaimed the truth that Jesus revealed and the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image, nor had they received the mark of the beast on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and ruled as kings with Christ for a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were over.) This is the first raising of the dead. Happy and greatly blessed are those who are included in this first raising of the dead. The second death has no power over them; they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they will rule with him for a thousand years. (Revelation 20: 1-6). During these years the dragon will be seized, that ancient serpent—that is, the Devil, or Satan—and will be chained up for a thousand years. The angel will throw him into the abyss, will lock it, and seal it, so that he cannot deceive the nations any more until the thousand years are over. (Revelation 20: 2-3)
2.4 The dead will be judged according to their deed, as recorded in the books. After the thousand years are over, Satan will be set loose from his prison, and he will go out to deceive the nations scattered over the whole world, that is, Gog and Magog. Satan will bring them all together for battle, as many as the grains of sand on the seashore. They spread out over the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people and the city that he loves. But fire came down from heaven and destroyed them. Then the Devil, who deceived them, will be thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had already been thrown; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. On the final judgement earth and heaven will hover from His presence and will be seen no more. The dead, great and small alike, will be standing before the throne. Books will be opened including the book of the living. The dead will be judged according to their deed, as recorded in the books. Then the sea will give up its dead. Death and the world of the dead also will give up the dead they will held. And all will be judged according to their deed. Then death and the world of the dead will be thrown into the lake of fire. (This lake of fire is the second death.) Those who will not have their name written in the book of the living will be thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:7-15)
Revelation 21:1-4 says that the first heaven and the first earth will disappear, and the sea will vanish. The Holy City, the new Jerusalem will come down out of heaven from God. It is instructed to be prepared and ready, like a bride dressed to meet her husband. Then a loud voice will speak from the throne: “Now God’s home is with people! He will live with them, and they shall be his people. God himself will be with them, and he will be their God. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain. The old things will disappear.”