Regeneration of the Earth or the New Jerusalem

God said, 'Behold I create new heavens and new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind (Isaiah 65:17). 'The new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me' ( Isaiah 66:22). 'We, according to his promise, look for new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelelth righteousness' (II Peter 2:13).

This new heavens and new earth is the New Jerusalem. 'Behold I create new heavens and new earth... But ye be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create: for behold I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy' (Isaiah 65: 17 &18).

Revelation chapter 21: 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. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven ...And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold I make all things new Revelation 21: 1 to 5.

John gives us a metaphoric description of the New Jerusalem, ruled, probably, by the righteous from the twelve tribes of Israel and by the twelve disciple of Christ and some of the believers of Christ's time. Certainly the building of the wall of it was not of jasper nor was the city of pure gold, nor was the foundations of the wall of the city garnished with all manner of precious stones. How fascinated do we think the righteous, who have denounced the world, would be by such worldly glory? The description uses worldly symbols to speak of the splendor and glory of the kingdom of God. For, mind you, 'the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon' (Revelation 21:23). He ‘shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal' (Revelation 21:10 & 11).

Similarly the description of Jerusalem in Isaiah does not speak of a world and its inhabitants as we know of a world and its inhabitants. It does not speak of inhabitants who build houses and inhabit them or of them who plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. In so saying, Isaiah speaks of a world of justice and of righteousness. The former things will not be remembered. In that world there cannot literally be sinners, leave aside the sinners being accursed or of an infant dying of ripe age. There, they neither hurt nor destroy. 'For, the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness and peace and joy in the holy spirit'. (Romans 14:17). 'Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you' (Luke 17:21). New Jerusalem comprises of people who together make up Christ's bride (Revelation21:9). 'And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband'. (Revelation 21:2).