New creation. This message puts greater stress on the dissimilarity between the old earth and the new earth. Yes, the new earth will new in kind also, but Romans 8 shows the connection between the two, because "this creation" will be redeemed. The idea that the New Jerusalem is coming down in the Millennium and not on the new earth is very strange and contradicts Rev. 21.
Great Creator. I believe animals were more intelligent before the fall of Adam, and I believe animals will be again, in eternity, more intelligent than now, but I do not think they will talk. But I believe they have a form of communication. Being more intelligent, they will communicate more, and man will be able to understand more their communication, beside the fact that we will have an eternity to know them and to interpret their reactions.
Good the application, a call for respect for creation and a responsibility toward the creation.
I do not recall the preacher saying that the animals will dwell on the new earth. He said only that animals are and will be in heaven and in eternity. But they will dwell on the new earth, as we will do, Rev. 21, Isaiah 11.
Great study. It was a joy to hear that this preacher believes there are now horses in heaven, based on Rev. 21. Yes, I see in the Bible the God cared always for animals and He will care for them. I believe animals have a special place in Godâ€™s plan. God created them with wonderful instincts and He loves to create them so interesting and with different grades of intelligence. He created them every animal, unique. And God love animals more than we love them, as the preacher said. And, yes, we will see in eternity the dinosaurs, but they will have other names, not that given today by scientists, but maybe the name Adam gave them, or new names. But I do not believe animals have spirit as man have, that capacity of having spiritual union with Godâ€™s Spirit in a rational, conscious, relationship. But I believe that animals somehow recognize their Creator, as the animals in the desert knew that Jesus Christ was their Creator and had dominion over them as Adam did before the fall, Mark 1:13b.
I liked especially the idea that, based in Romans 1:20, we can see the character of our Creation even in animals, and the list in the sermon is very useful.
Great truths. It was a joy for me to discover that this preacher believes that Ezekiel 47-48 must be interpreted literally, not metaphorically or symbolically, as many preachers do. It was good to hear that this preacher believes in a material land for Israel, believes in the river, the fertility of the land. As I differ from this view in the fact that I do not find a Millennial kingdom in the Bible, I believe that this text will be fulfilled literally in the new earth, when the Lord Jesus will reign eternally from Jerusalem.
Great encouragement. Very good explanation of the deliverance of this creation from its curse. God will make a glorious new creation. Good application of the text. I am glad this preacher believes Isaiah 11:6-9 must be taken literally. But I think New Jerusalem as well must be taken literally, not just as a symbol of Godâ€™s redeemed church.
Glorious Christ. I found useful things for my thinking in this message. Especially I liked the idea that in Jesus Christ it is fulfilled this vision. But, if I understood well, the preacher lives no literal fulfillment of this text in the new earth. We are left only with symbols and metaphors, but with no material water flowing from the throne, no trees, no fruits, no streets of goldâ€¦
Enjoyed. I enjoyed listening to this sermon, to the description of the New Jerusalem and of the life in it, especially the fullness and intensity of our fellowship with God there. But I think there is more literal sense in the description of the New Jerusalem than many would be ready to admit, not just symbols.
Problems. How can people with glorified bodies begat children who are sinful and with physical bodies? This cannot be found in the Bible. When we will have glorified bodies we will no marry anymore, says the Bible. There is no teaching in the Bible to say that people with glorified bodies will live along with people with people with unglorified bodies. This is to read into the Scriptures what it does not say. This is human invention put in an invented scheme and Scriptures are forced to be read through this invented scheme.
Questions. I listened to this message. I think some questions wound arise normally, after listening to it:
1) If todayâ€™s Jerusalem have nothing to do with the New Jerusalem, what will we do with all the prophesies in the OT, spoken to Jerusalem, about its future glory?
2) It is clear that the New Jerusalem will not occupy all the new earth. Will those other parts of the new earth be habited?
3) The new earth will be the same in measure as this old earth? Is not Rev. 21 and Ezekiel 40-48 suggesting that it will be bigger?
4) If I understood well, the speaker tends to interpret the descriptions of the New Jerusalem in a metaphoric sense. But what if the is more literal description in Rev. 21? What if?
It is not my purpose here to be highly critical, but my impression, after listening to this message, was a grievous one: everything in Rev. 21â€™s descriptions in symbolic, and nobody really know how to interpret them. We are left to the interpretations of commentators, which all disagree, so who can know for sure how will be the New Jerusalem? I do not agree at all with this view. I believe that God gave us revelation in order to know, not to guess. I do not believe that everything in the Bible is to be taken literally, as the preacher well explained, but I do not believe that in Rev
Glories of the new earth. I doubt that Rev. 22:1 says that there will be no sea in heaven, as the speaker says repeatedly. I think it means that there will be no sea on the new earth. At the same time, I do not think that the metaphorical interpretation given in this message is the correct one. The text says there is no SEA, not seas. And I believe you must interpret that literally, but also compare with texts as Zechariah 14:8 and Ezekiel 47:8, which speak about two seas. I categorically do not agree with what somebody in the audience says that in the new creation we will be interested only in the Lord, not in the beauty of the waters and the mountains. This contradicts the Bible, who in many prophecies concerning the new earth talks about the glories of the new earth. Adam was put in Eden, and he had fellowship with the Lord, but he had eyes as well to the beauties around him. Revelation 21 describes something of the new earth and the New Jerusalem, and it does it not meaning that we will be indifferent to those beauties, but that we will enjoy them and give glory to the Lord for them!