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That ye may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

-Luke 22:30

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 together until now.

-Romans 8:21-22

But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be My people.

-Jeremiah 31:33

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the liv ing God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

-II Corinthians 6:16

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to Me a people:
And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest.
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

-Hebrews 8:10-12


 



speak about the heavens and earth being changed (Hebrews 1:12), and the restitution (restoration) of all things (Acts 3:21). II Peter 3 compares the destruction of the pre-flood world by water to the destruction of the present world by fire (II Peter 3:6-7). This destruction was a total destruction of sinful mankind, his works, and the entire face of the earth. However, it was not a total annihilation of God's created earth.

5. The fulfillment of biblical prophecy regarding the saints' reigning and living in peace on this earth -The complete fulfillment of the scriptural prophecies regarding perfect peace on earth can best be understood as taking place on a renewed earth. Some examples of this type of prophecy would include: "But the meek shall inherit the earth" (Psalm 37:11), or as Jesus restated it, "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5); "For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith" (Romans 4:13); "And has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth" (Revelation 5:10); "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah 11:6-9). When commenting on Romans 8:21-22, John Calvin wrote the following:

    He shows how the creature has been made subject to vanity in hope. But the time will come when it will one day be delivered, as Isaiah testifies and Peter still more clearly confirms.
    We may, it is true, infer from this how dreadful is the curse which we have deserved, since all innocent creatures from earth to heaven are punished for our sins. It is our fault that they struggle in corruption. The condemnation of the human race is thus imprinted on the heavens, the earth, and all creatures. Again, this passage shows us to how great an excellence of glory the sons of God are to be exalted, and all creatures shall be renewed to magnify it and declare its splendour.
    Paul does not mean that all creatures will be partakers of the same glory with the sons of God, but that they will share in their own manner in the better state, because God will restore the present fallen world to perfect condition at the same time as the human race. It is neither expedient nor right for us to inquire with greater curiosity into the perfection which will be evidenced by beasts, plants, and metals, because the main


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