“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the child shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the LORD, and their children with them. Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, says the LORD.”
“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall feed; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The sucking child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”
“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
There is a lot of fear and anxiety surrounding the end times, especially if you watch some of the recent movies depicting the total destruction of earth, which is more Hollywood than God. I find the above scripture very beautiful and full of hope. People want to know what the kingdom will be like and no, the world will not be totally destroyed and no, we will not spend eternity sitting on clouds strumming harps. There is a day coming when the curse that was imposed on the earth and mankind (Genesis 3:8-24) will be lifted and a time of refreshing and healing will take place. Those things that cause us pain and suffering and sadness now will be wiped away and new beginning will take place. It is a time of comfort and peace, things rarely seen by any generation that has lived on this planet. Our God is a God of love and compassion. He sent His son who died so our sins could be forgiven, so that we can look to a better life. He has a plan and purpose for this world and for us; let us not lose sight of this great hope He has given us. We now await the coming of His son to this earth a second time to put into place those wonderful things spoken of in Isaiah and Romans and many other places in the bible.
May our thoughts this day turn to the renewal that will be coming to this earth. Come, Lord Jesus, come.