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When all evidences of sin and its consequences will be removed from the new heaven and the new earth, why will this produce great changes?


    "I preached on 'The wicked shall be turned into hell' (Psalm 9:17)," Rev. Bonar replied.
    "Were you able to preach it with tenderness?" Rev. McCheyne asked.

    Is it more loving to ignore the subject of hell or to warn against it? Why? How can a person speak about hell "with tenderness"?

HEAVEN

The contrast could not be greater when we move from a discussion of the torment, sorrow, and darkness of hell to the glory, joy, and light of heaven. As it was impossible to fully describe the terribleness of hell, so it is incomprehensible to fully understand the wonderfulness of heaven.

When Christ returns at the end of this time state, great changes in heaven and earth shall take place. Some scriptural references seem to indicate that the present earth and heaven shall be completely destroyed, and that a totally new earth and heaven will be created. "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind" (Isaiah 65:17); "Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness" (II Peter 3:12-13); "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" (Revelation 21:1).

Other biblical references tend to indicate a total cleansing and restoration of the present earth and heavens. "And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: they shall perish; but Thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed" (Hebrews 1:10-12a). "Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain


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