Chapter 21 Verse 1 (NASB)
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1. And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for
the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no
longer any sea.
And I saw a NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH;
From the rest of this chapter's descriptions of the NEW JERUSALEM, we
understand that this is "NEW" as in a "NEW" kind of HEAVEN and
EARTH. This "NEW" HEAVEN and EARTH are not tainted by evil (2
Peter 3:8-13-13). The NEW HEAVEN and NEW EARTH may not even
obey the current laws of physics. The theoretical physicist, Dirac, in
1928 proposed the existence of a positively charge particle, named
positron, which was the opposite of a negatively charge electron. In
1932, Anderson experimentally observed the conversion of a photon into
an electron and a positron pair. In 1955, an antiproton was produced in
experiments with high-energy particles from accelerators.
With these experiments which showed the existence of "antimatter", one
could speculate all matter has an antimatter form, and that this
antimatter if collected into a region in the universe could make up
antimatter galaxies, for example. One should not go too much beyond
this "antimatter" thinking, however, as verse
17 points out, we (and the angels) still are making
measurements on a current human scale.
for the first heaven and the first earth passed away,
24:1-5-6 shows us, this first heaven and first earth are
polluted. They contained and were contaminated by evil. For this
reason, the first heaven and first earth had to flee away from a pure,
righteous God (Revelation 20:11).
and there is no longer ANY SEA.
The NEW EARTH will NOT have a SEA or place for evil to live. In an
interesting extension, this implies that the NEW HEAVEN and NEW EARTH
are not in our solar system. The Mars Rovers have proven that there is
water on Mars, and water has been speculated for other moons orbiting
other planets. One concludes then that the last two chapters of
Revelation are almost entirely spiritual. However, since John SAW this
NEW HEAVEN and NEW EARTH, it must have some physical dimensions (see
verses 16, 18, and 21).
The sea is the first of the 7 things which will no longer exist. The
other six are: death, mourning, weeping, pain (Revelation 21:4), the curse (Revelation 22:3) and night (Revelation 21:25; 22:5).
Often in our earlier discussions, we have pointed out that water is the
container of spirits. If one adds in the blood, we find that these
three, the Spirit and the water and the blood, bear witness to Jesus
John 5:6-11) and His ability to give us eternal life (or
access to this NEW HEAVEN and NEW EARTH). There are two kinds
of water. There is Good Water (Revelation
22:1) and Evil Water (Revelation
12:10-17). Let's look at a few examples of the
relationship between water and spirit(s):
of water and spirit relationship.
the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Heaven is
formed in the expanse between the waters.
|The flood was
appropriate to harbor the spirits of the people who drowned.
6:1-8, Genesis 8:13-19
|Those who are
anointed or chosen of God are protected from coming into contact with
a) The chosen people leave Egypt through the Red
Sea on dry land; pursuing Egyptians drown.
b) The chosen people entering into the Promised
Land crossing the Jordan River.
c) Elijah and Elisha cross the parted Jordan River.
demons request to go into pigs. The pigs subsequently rush down a steep
bank into the sea. Sea now contains the cast out demons.
|When an evil
spirit leaves a man, it must find water to rest/reside.
tries to drown the woman's child.
Beast, one of the Unholy Trinity, comes up out of the Sea.
This is not an exhaustive list where water is referred to in spiritual
overtones. As you study the Word of God, you will find many references
to water and its uses in judgment. You also will find good water put to
use; although, those references are rarer.
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References to the Revelation of Jesus Christ are in bold
italics. All other references are in bold