New Earth or Re-newed Earth?
Does the Bible teach that this Earth will last for eternity...
that it is the only Earth that God would ever Create?
If the Bible teaches that this Earth is eternal, the teachings which relate to or are based on this earth being eternal could possibly be true.
On the other hand, if it can be established from Scripture alone that this earth has a history that ends, that this Earth is utterly destroyed rather than re-newed or reupholstered so to speak, that it disappears into outer darkness never to be seen again eternally, then, obviously, any teaching of a Christ-ruled utopian millennium built on such a re-newed Earth headquartered in the city of Jerusalem is a specific kind of "fable" (Titus 1:14), and will not happen.
In short, the doctrine that this Earth is the re-newed, re-upholstered place where Jesus will reign for a literal thousand years is the heart of the Millennial doctrine. The two doctrines--a re-newed earth and a literal millennium--are interdependent, and neither can stand alone.
Thus, though there are several ways to demonstrate that the powerful and ubiquitous literal 1000 year reign teaching is not Scriptural, [See: Ret-Earth, KingNow, dandmotf] it is certain that it cannot represent a true understanding of Scripture if the numerous references to a "NEW" Earth mean "NEW" and not "Re-newed" as the Baptists and Pentecostals and Jehovah’s Witnesses and others teach.
Therefore, allowing Scripture alone to spell out whether "NEW" is "NEW" or not is a quick and simple starting point in determining whether the Millennial teaching is a diabolical deception with enormous ramifications or whether it is the truth.
The "New" Earth Scriptures....
Scripturally, God said over 2700 years ago: "For as the NEW heavens and the NEW earth WHICH I WILL MAKE, shall remain before me, sayeth the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it will come to pass [on that new earth with the new heavens], that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh [on the new earth] come to worship before me, saith the LORD..." (Isaiah 66:22,23).
Numerous other Scriptures say the same thing about there being new heavens and a new earth. Note:
Genesis 8:22: "While the Earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
Isaiah 34:4: "And ALL the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down...."
Isaiah 51:6: "Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner...."
Isaiah 65:17: "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind."
Psalm 72:5: "They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure...."
Psalm 102:26: "They [earth and heavens, v.25] shall perish....
Matthew 5:18: "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass...."
Luke 21:33: "Heaven and earth shall pass away [perish, sent away, dismissed]: but my words shall not pass away."
Hebrews 1:11: "They [earth and heavens, v.10] shall perish...."
Hebrews 12:27: "...signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken [earth and heavens, v.26]...."
II Peter 3:10-12: "...the heavens shall pass away...the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up [Gr." utterly consumed"]...all these things shall be dissolved...the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat...."
II Peter 3:13: "Nevertheless, we, according to His promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness...."
Revelation 20:11: "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."
Revelation 21:1: "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away...."
So, beyond any Scriptural doubt, the present heavens were a finite entity when they were created and will continue to be a finite entity until it is fulfilled that "...the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them" (Rev.20:11). And it is just as certain that the promised separate creation of New Heavens AND a New Earth (Isaiah 65:17; 66:22) is a declaration that both are finite entities. Note: "And I [John] saw a New heaven and a New earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away" (Rev.21:1). The Greek here is "carried away; separation; departure" (#667,575). "Passed away" has nothing to do with "re-newing"; it has everything to do with perishing, departing, being sent out, sent out, dismissed....
Those who go thru the Scriptures previously listed (Is. 34:4; 51:6; etc.) realize that several speak specifically of heavens which are described as "NEW" as well as a "NEW" earth. Who is there that will insist that those "NEW" heavens are to be "Re-newed" heavens?! Yet, this is the only way to be consistent if "NEW" is changed to "Re-new" when the earth is mentioned! Changing the Scriptures that say the earth will "dissolve, melt, pass away, never be found again", etc., to mean that God just cleanses and purifies and re-furbishes the earth for an alleged millennial reign, stretches things too far; but to also have to admit that such an interpretation would necessarily include a "re-newing" of every other body in the heavens obviously gets over into the absurd and ridiculous. The "re-newed" earth interpretation of Scripture is a seemingly minor doctrinal matter, but, as is becoming clear, I trust, it isn’t minor at all!
Indeed, as one grasps what has gone on here--this changing of "New" to "Re-new"--this is the big picture that comes ever more sharply into focus: The whole Millennial concept is thrown into a tailspin if God meant "NEW" when He said "NEW"! Simultaneously, the pre-Tribulation Rapture eschatology sustains a lethal karate chop to its hermeneutic. Then the whole woof and warp of that wing of Christian evangelism which has handcuffed itself to Talmud and Kabbala-led Zionism now embedded in the State of Israel begins to unravel. [See: Hagee CUFI, Christian Zionism US-Israel role]
When that unraveling starts it will lead directly to a realization that the Big Bang cosmology in all of its ramifications is nothing more than the fulfilling of the Talmud/Kabbala teachings which a certain people who call themselves Jews and are not (Rev.2:9;3:9) are using to bring Christianity to its knees. More--if deception can ever be called exquisite--we have here its ultimate expression: A great chunk of the powerful pre-trib rapture millennialist wing of Christianity is supplying the fuel for the Talmud/Kabbala agenda, an agenda that absolutely means to put New Testament Christianity on a par with King Arthur’s Tales and Santa Claus!
But how could millions and millions of Bible Christians allow themselves to be fooled to this degree?! How could they turn those Scriptures that say "NEW" into "Re-new" and still claim that this is what the Bible teaches? Here is what has happened:
There are flagship "proof texts" for the teaching that this Earth will be here eternally...and thus when "NEW" is used, it must mean "Re-new". Note three of these "proofs" which anyone can see in five minutes are no proofs at all but actually confirm that "new" means "new": 1) Eccl. 1:4: "One generation passeth away and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever." 2) Psalm 104:5: "...Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed forever." 3) Psalm 78:69: "And He built His sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which He hath established forever."
Obviously, everything rests on the Hebrew meaning of the words transcribed as "forever" in English. The Hebrew Concordance directs us to "ever" #5769 which, with its recommended counterparts (#’s 5956, 5331, and 5703) covers the 400 odd listings in the Old Testament. All of the connotations given under these references include examples where the meaning could be either: a) eternal; or: b) just a period of time. Examples of this latter usage (a period of time) can be seen in such verses as:
Deuteronomy 15:17: "...thou shalt take an awl, and thrust it through his [a servant’s] ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant forever."
Leviticus 25:46: "...they shall be your bondmen forever...."
I Kings 8:13: "I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in forever."
I Chronicles 15:2: "...for them [the Levites] hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto Him forever."
I Chronicles 25:13: "...Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons forever, to burn incense before the LORD, to minister unto Him and to bless in His name forever."
Exodus 40:15; Numbers 25:13: It's the same use of the word "everlasting"; note: "everlasting priesthood", etc. [cancelled in NT: Heb.7:12; etc.]
Since there are unmistakably plain Scriptures which teach that this earth (and the heavens with it!) will absolutely be destroyed and flee away, and that they will be replaced with God’s promised New earth and New heavens, it becomes the Christian’s solemn duty to select and use the connotation of "ever" that will harmonize with the plain Scriptures. Said the other way: It becomes the Christian’s solemn duty to expose the selection and use of a connotation which deliberately contradicts the plain Scriptures. (Somehow this reminds me of the universal practice in the churches concerning the reversal of the meaning of the plain geocentrism [non-moving earth] Scriptures. [See: Gram-Semant, Sixty-seven References, Size-Structure Pt 3 ]
This wrong choice which forces God’s Word to contradict itself is immediately evident in the "proof texts" used to uphold the teaching that this earth is eternal...that it will just be Re-furbished, Re-newed, given a major face-lift...when really it is burnt up, dissolved, and flees away never to be seen again (II Peter 3, etc.).
We shall see how all this ties in with the whole cosmological strategy from 1st, 12th, 13th, 16th, and 20th Century Kabbalism thru Copernicanism, Darwinism, Einsteinism, and the Sagan-Goldin "Origins Program" being carried out by NASA. [See: NASAs Agenda, NASAs Hanky-Panky, NASAs Spiritual Roots] But for now, another example of a readily falsifiable fundamentalist Christian teaching, without which the Millennial eschatology collapses and the deeper Satan-inspired strategy is revealed, is needed.
(Go here for the answer to this question: "Does the Bible Teach That Jesus Ever Sets Foot On Terra-Firma Earth Again"?)