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Edition 300: February 24th 2016
God’s new world:
God’s new world:
“The end of the world is at hand” – ha ha ha!
I recall when that phrase was a standing joke. Today it might still be taken light heartedly by many, who don’t know better.
The truth is that the end of the world is nigh, but a new world is waiting in the wings.
There are many Bible teachers who erroneously teach that the world will never end. We need to define the “world”. The original Greek word is “Kosmos”. This word means the “adorning” of the earth with all the socio / political/ economic issues. The word world involves all the man-made aspects and operations of the world. We could say that the earth is “wearing” the world.
The word is not the same for the “earth”. The earth will not end anytime soon. The world will be destroyed and replaced with a new world led, governed and managed by our Lord and His servants.
So the present world order is about to end and a new world order is coming.
God’s old world:
Before we look at the new world coming, let’s have a look at the end of the old world and why it will be judged and destroyed.
God doesn’t create junk. What He created was in line with His character which is pure and holy and full of love. Angels, as created beings, were given free choice as we are. We all know the story of Lucifer’s fall because of his pride and self exaltation, and his attempt to liken himself to God essentially replacing God with himself.
That led to the fall of Lucifer who then became Satan and then the fall of man. It was through Satan’s introduction of sin, evil and wickedness that all the problems of this world came about. This includes the curse on nature itself and all of mankind.
So to set up God’s new perfect world Satan will be removed and sent to hell for ever as will his demon hordes, fallen angels and all of mankind that did not accept God’s salvation plan.
The fall of Lucifer and mankind was due to pride.
Essentially the earth went from perfection to a pre-Adamic fall, to Eden and the fall of man, due to sin and evil. Then the world goes on to a Millennium of perfection, to a brief interlude as Satan is released at the end of the Millennium and then we go on to the eternity of eternities and never ending holiness, purity, glory and too many incredible things for us even to imagine.
Right now we are right at the end of Satan’s world of sin and evil and we are on the doorstep of a great transition from one dispensation to the next.
Here are some powerful, shocking verses on the coming destruction of the present world system. Please note the central theme:
Psalm 34:16 “The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.”
Isaiah 2:12-19 “For the Day of the Lord shall come upon everything proud and lofty. Everything proud and lifted up shall be brought low...They shall go into the holes of the rocks and the caves of the earth, from the terror of the Lord and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily.”
Isaiah 5:14-16 “Sheol (hell) has enlarged itself and opened its mouth beyond measure. Their glory and their multitudes and their pomp (pride), and he who is jubilant shall descend into it. People shall be brought down, each man shall be humbled, but the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God who is holy shall be hallowed in righteousness.”
Isaiah 13:6-13 “Wail for the day of the Lord is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. All hands will be limp, everyman’s heart will melt, and they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them. They will be in pain as a woman in childbirth. They will be amazed at one another; their faces will be like flames. Behold the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it. The stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light. The sun will be darkened in its going forth and the moon will not shine. I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud...I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out of her place in the wrath of the Lord of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger.”
Do you see the consistent theme in the verses above? As with Lucifer, it is the pride and arrogance of mankind that is the universal problem leading to the destruction.
The very essence of pride is the rejection of God’s word and ways and replacement of it with your own ideas. – Not very clever – although that’s just what the world wants from you.
So, from the verses above (and many others) we see that the central characteristics of the present world are, pride, sin, evil and wickedness.
“Pride” some shocking definitions:
One of the Bible words translated “pride” is “Gaba” which means to be “high or elevated” The Hebrew word “Gaon” includes the idea of arrogance and cynicism and a “looking down” on others.
From a biblical point of view there are various types of pride that apply to different areas of life. We see the ●pride of the eyes, ●pride of heart, ●a proud spirit, ●pride of speech and ●pride of life (self).
Isaiah 2:11 “The lofty (proud) looks of man shall be humbled, the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.”
Ezekiel 28:2 “Say to the prince of Tyre (type of Satan), ‘Because your heart is lifted up (pride), and you say, ‘I am a god’ I sit in the seat of the gods, in the midst of the seas,’ yet you are a man and not a god, though you set your heart as the heart of a god.’”
Jeremiah 49:16 “Your fierceness has deceived you, the pride of your heart, O you who dwell in the clefts of the rocks, who hold the height of the hill! Though you make your nest as high as the eagle, I will bring you down from there, says the Lord.” (Addressed to Edom – modern day Arab peoples, Palestinian’s specifically.)
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
James 4:6 “God resists the proud and He gives grace to the humble.”
Luke 1:51 (The song of Mary) “He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.”
Throughout the Bible pride is seen as a deadly force that has a powerful blinding effect. It is almost always related to the rejection of God’s word and the elevation of self and the word of the world. It relates to those who are insolent and presumptuous toward God.
Bear in mind that it was pride that hardened the heart of Nebuchadnezzar, Pharaoh, Herod, and the Roman Emperors. It is pure pride that motivated the Catholic church to exalt itself above the Jews.
Pride is essentially the main, big, central ingredient of the world system. It is found in everything that is opposed to or rejects God and His word.
In fact there is a verse where a “proud look” is listed as one of the chief sins, hated by God, listed with murder, theft and others. (Proverbs 6:17)
Let’s have a look now at how pride is related to the world in the Bible.
1 John 2:15-16 “Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.”
In the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:6) Eve saw that the forbidden tree was “good for food” which is the lust of the flesh. She saw that it was “pleasant to the eyes” which is the lust of the eyes. She saw that it would “make one wise” which is the pride of life. And Adam bought it all causing the great fall of man.
Now let’s have a look at how our Lord dealt with the same issues in Matthew 4:1-11.
After a long fast He was taken up the mountain and told by Satan to turn the stones into food. That is the lust of the flesh. He was shown all the glory of the kingdoms of the world. This is the lust of the eyes. He was told to cast Himself down from the top of the temple and His angels would protect Him. That is the pride of life. Our Lord rejected the entirety of Satan’s offers.
These things are the backbone of what makes up the wrong of the world and why it is doomed.
God will restore this earth to the way it was in Eden before the fall. The big difference is that there will be no Satan to tempt and lead mankind astray. So, it will in fact be perfect environment in pure holiness and righteousness.
The curse of the old world:
Isaiah 49:2 “In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me and made Me a polished arrow; In His quiver He has hidden Me (the Lion!)”
The present world system is under a curse imposed by God at the fall of man in the Garden. The curse runs through into nature and environment. But in human terms the curse flows in the veins of all unredeemed mankind.
Be careful of “gentle Jesus meek and mild”. That was true and will remain central to His character, up to a point. But in the midst of it all, the Lion of the tribe of Judah has arisen from the cross. He has taken the curse upon Himself and paid the price for all humanity, but if you reject the instrument of salvation – the cross, you remain cursed and prey for the Lion.
The great curse of the age is the idea that you can mix all religious opinions together into one big hodgepodge, blended together. All are then valid and relevant. The truth is the opposite. The mixture-pot always excludes the cross and will end in hell. As will all opinions outside of the cross of Messiah.
A monumental tragedy:
Perhaps one of the greatest tragedies of all time is the fact that very few can see God’s new world. As a result all they can see is this current world order. They are in and of the world, they love it, it’s all they have, it’s all they can see.
May I share with you a personal example and analogy? I have a beautiful dog – a champion red setter. She suddenly went totally blind a few months ago. She has just had surgery on her eyes restoring her vision perfectly. Now her disposition has changed completely. She is ultra-happy, with her tail wagging all the time, like never before. While blind, she walked slowly putting her paws out cautiously way ahead, but still bumped into things. Now she runs everywhere, jumps and barks like crazy. She can see clearly and perfectly. No more bumping into things and falling into the pool!
The analogy is obvious. We need spiritual sight to see where we are going and what to avoid. We need to be able to see at least partially, our new world coming. It changes your disposition completely, giving you purpose and joy!
It is pride and all its offshoots that cause blindness – always. The believer too can fall into this trap of pride, but the unsaved are really and truly spiritually blind to the coming world and kingdom of God.
The unbeliever, in his blindness, bumps into everything ahead of him, no matter how dangerous it is.
John 3:3 “Unless you are born again, you can’t see the kingdom of God.”
The world is the great pretender and will soon pass away like a vapour. You can’t put your hope and trust in a vapour! As a skydiver, many years ago, I know all about stepping out of an aircraft into a vapour! You go down...fast!
This present world order will soon be gone like a vapour.
Tragically the lives of most people will pass away like a valueless vapour. True believers have the incredible opportunity to use the “vapour” of our very short temporary lives in this world to turn vapour into “gold, silver and precious stones” enduring forever.
Too many are feeding on the curses of the world instead of the cross and its power. They wonder why they don’t advance in the Lord.
The new world of God and the world of its god, Satan are eternally separated, not by doctrine, philosophy or teaching, but by the power of the cross.
The unsaved are spiritually dead; dead to God and His word. They must try to appear to be knowledgeable. They must appear to be saved and on the way to heaven. But they are the living dead. They must try to raise themselves from the dead. Their wisdom is the wisdom of death.
The “power” working in the heart of the unsaved makes them try to raise themselves up and think themselves through to heaven. But man is unable to create a new sin-free world. Mankind, trying to create a new world through their thinking, always makes the wrong choices. The heart of man is full of sin and is “desperately wicked”. How can man without salvation create a new world of peace? All the world’s empires have tried and failed, from Babylon to Hitler and beyond.
Only the cross purifies and makes holy!
How can the dead raise themselves to newness of life? The dead can only raise themselves to a dead life which is nothing but the stench of hell.
God’s new world:
The “birth pangs” of the destruction of this present world will soon see the birthing of God’s new world. (Matthew 24:8).
God’s new world will be an exclusive, separated world. At the Second Advent all unbelievers will be removed from this earth. Only those who were saved in the tribulation period will go through into the new world. They will have natural bodies, but with longevity restored, sickness and defects will be gone.
Born again believers will be in new bodies, similar to that of our Lord after His resurrection. Our bodies will be able to transcend space and time. We will be able to transcend the physical and the spiritual. We will be able to travel the universe at the speed of thought. We will know all things.
We will rule and reign on this earth with our Lord and beyond this earth. We will most probably have other worlds within our domain of rulership.
This earth will be restored to the way it was before the fall of man. There will be no more curse on man, nature and environment. There will be perfect environment.
God’s new world will be under His lordship. There will be no pride, because everyone will have seen and will know all about Gods destruction of it all at the close of the tribulation period. We will not have been part of it, but we will know all about it. In fact we would have “seen” it with supernatural eyes and vision. “We will know all things” says the Bible.
What will not be in God’s new world:
●There will be no individual human rights, or rebellion to God, because there will be universal justice.
●There will be no homosexuals or homosexuality or any such thing.
●There will be no sin, evil or wickedness of any form.
●There will be no politicians or political parties.
●There will be no mass media, evil entertainment, or celebrities.
●There will be no borders around individual countries. There will be no countries.
●There will be no wars.
●There will be no natural disasters and no extreme weather upheavals and nothing harmful in the environment.
●There will be no misuse or abuse of animals.
●There will be no church denominations, no Catholics, no false doctrine, no divisions in doctrine, no King James onlyites, nor cursed NIV’s and no religions.
●There will be no gray areas between right and wrong. All will be crystal clear.
The other side:
None of these things exist in isolation. You must know the other side! Contrasted with the amazing, incredible, magnificent, wonderful future for all believers is the terrible, horrific destiny of the unsaved.
They will know the error of their ways and not be able to do anything about it. What terrible knowledge!
They will know their demons first hand. They will know fallen angels. They will know Satan. They will also know that it was their pride that led them to hell. They will be in eternal regret.
You were created and formed for this new world. The present world is just a drop in the ocean of what is to come. Before the beginning of time, God thought of you and planned for you to be part of this incredible new world forever.
The end purpose of all of this is exactly that, it is purpose. You are not in a haphazard continuing world of “anything goes”. There is real purpose and meaning to your life. You were created for a wonderful purpose that will endure forever.
If you have had a tough life and are suffering, cast your thoughts and prayers out into the magnificent pain - free world to come. That is where your purpose for being lies. The instant you step into eternity, you will see, see and see. You will know and understand all things.
Don’t give up! You are about to see with new eyes!
Revelation 21:4 “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow nor crying; there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
I took this picture from a chopper high above the world below of “rivers” of clouds in the Champagne Peak / Dragons Back area of the Drakensberg Mountains.
Shalom and grow in grace!