Warning: The series on this blog can be considered my private studies and are still in progress.
New Heaven and New Earth
The concept of Heaven and Earth is interpreted by some as meaning the Jewish system of worship. This appears to be corroborated by Jesus’ reference saying not one word of the law passes away except Heaven and Earth pass away. This statement would mean that it was necessary for the Temple and state of Israel to pass for the New Covenant to be in force. This apparently “preterist” view of the meaning of Heaven and Earth (passing away) is necessary for the book of Revelation to be interpreted as it is by Preterists. It also appears to align with Daniel’s prophecy concerning Jesus’ Kingdom as one that has no end and came to destroy Rome. (assuming we leave out the concept of a gap of unknown length some people call the “Times of the Gentiles”.
Another fact that must be true in other for this view to align is that the book of Revelation must have been written before 70 A.D. Another interesting factor seeming to agree with this is the presence of the Kings of the earth and the “glory of the gentiles”. This would mean the New Jerusalem coming out of Heaven from God was actually the present day Church. In addition, Rev. 21:16 states the city was twelve thousand furlongs (2414.0208km) in length, breadth and height. It is the height that is scary.
There is a strong emphasis on the fact that the Bible was written to Jews for the most part and most of the terminology is based on Jewish culture. Regarding Heaven, Earth and Sea, authorities in the Preterist circles point to Josephus (Josephus, Wars of the Jews, 5.215-37, Josephus, Antiquities, Book 3, Chapter 6, Paragraph 4, Section 123, Josephus, Antiquities, Book 3, Chapter 7, Paragraph 7, Section 181). If this is true then it explains what Jesus said in the following:
Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
Matthew 5:18 “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”
Revelation 21:1 “[ All Things Made New ] Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.”
A lot of other scriptures refer to the expression “heaven and earth” and this direct interpretation may seem tricky for someone them though.
The Place of Israel in the New Covenant