highlghted verses:Revelation 21:1 ķAnd 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.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 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. 21:1 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. (bad translation here in KJV)
Note: The Living Bible does translate "present" instead of "first" in Rev. 21:1.
So the heaven and earth that pass
away in this verse is the one prior to the "new"
one which comes into existence "after" the lake of fire,
i.e. the present earth age that we are in now, the 2nd earth age.
We know from 2 Pet. 3 that there are three heaven and earth ages.
We also know from 2 Corinthians 12:2 that Paul was caught up to the third heaven.
It is the same earth but three different "ages" because the earth itself "abideth forever" (Eccles. 1:4).
The "world that then was" (Gen 1:2), prior to the foundation
of this earth age,
was totally destroyed. It perished at the overthrow of Satan.
This one will perish at his destruction!
And so the 3rd earth age will be for all eternity.
The planet itself will be set back on its proper axis and correct orbital path.
The actual seas will be dried up and the water will return to the canopy from whence it came.
The earth will once again be the most beautiful paradise
in the universe
(the wackos have it all wrong for this is the true greenhouse effect).
And our Father will call it Home!
Note: We flesh human beings get all excited when the thought crosses our minds that we might not have boating and fishing, or golf courses, or have sex in the next dimension. Just remember that our Father doesn't take anything away that He doesn't replace ten fold. So did you know that the entire universe awaits for the perfection of the Sons of God? Talk about a fishing expedition! See commentary on verse 7.
 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.
purposed it even from the beginning, for the desire of His heart is to
and among His children for ever and ever, world without end.
Here is the promised fulfilled in Rev. 21:3, i.e. the tabernacle IS with men, promised by our Father to Israel in Ezekiel 37:
Ezekiel 37:26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
glorious holy city, the New Jerusalem, from that day forth,
from the day it comes down out of heaven throughout all eternity,
will be known and recognized as the Headquarters of the Universe,
also referred to as "Heaven", for it will bear the name of God Himself, Yahaveh Shamma,
which interpreted means "The LORD is there".
These are the very last words of the Book of Ezekiel concerning the new city:
Ezekiel 48:35 It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.
Rev. 21:4 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.
more pain and suffering, no more disease and war and death and dying,
no more pesky telemarketers interrupting your dinner trying to sell you something you don't want or need.
Yes, heaven on earth!
All the former things, all the evil spirits, all the wicked people, all corruptible flesh are passed away, GONE!
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