And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people (Isaiah 51:16)
“My servant, I gave you the words I want you to say, and I covered you with my hands to protect you. I did this to make a new heaven and earth. …” (Easy to Read Version (ERV))
There is the phrase “I did this ….”, do what? To make new heavens and earth. So in fact, the plan of creating new heavens and earth to replace the corrupt heavens and earth has existed since the beginning. It began in the days of Noah.
In Genesis 6:5-8, And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (verse 5). God also regretted having made them and placed them on earth. He was so disappointed that He said, “And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them” (verses 6-7). But in verse 8 it is written that Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
God sees the tendency of the human heart on this earth to be purely evil, so God plans to destroy everything on earth (verse 7). It must be remembered that the basic plan of God is to replace the old (that has been corrupted) with the new one, not destroy. God is a God who likes to restore, not destroy. That is why God chose one godly man to start new heavens and earth. God separated Noah and his family, and, each representative of all the animals in the ark.
In the beginning, God regretted having created humans, because apparently, they did not meet the expectations of the Creator. But after it was destroyed, God regretted again, this time because He had destroyed everything that lived on earth. That’s why God gave His promise.
“And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done” (Genesis 8:21).
God hoped that after the days of Noah, the earth would be as good as He planned, there would be no more evil in it. God longs for His Kingdom to come and His will to be on earth as it is in Heaven. But unfortunately, the earth does not become good, instead, it gets worse. God must destroy it again and replace it with a new one. But the problem is God has promised Noah that He will not destroy the earth again.
So let’s understand the flow of thought of the principle of truth: If the earth becomes increasingly evil, then the earth must be destroyed and replaced with anew heavens and earth. That has happened in the days of Noah. Now we know, the earth has become increasingly evil, so this earth should be destroyed and replaced with a new one. But God cannot do that because it is hindered by His promise that He will not destroy the earth again. So what will God do now? He will create new heavens and earth without destroying the old heavens and earth. He will let the weeds and wheat grow together until the end time.
“But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn” (Matthew 13:26–30).
The children of the kingdom will live in a “different world” even if they still live in the same world. The different world is called the new heavens and earth or the unshakable Kingdom. God is raising children of the kingdom who live differently in this world. I pray you are the different people.
Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear (Hebrews 12:26–28).
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