But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.2 Peter 3:13(NASB)
Both Peter and Paul gave some excellent information about “the Day of the Lord”. It begins with the prophesised “Time of Jacob’s Trouble”, continues into the millennial reign of Christ on earth – and on into the eternal ages.
“The Day of the Lord” reaches its climax with the destruction of the first, fallen heaven and cursed earth, and continues with the creation of a new heaven and a blessed, new earth – before continuing into the eternal ages to come.
As Church age believers we are living in the “Day of Man”, which began with Adam’s rebellion. We are living in the “Times of the Gentiles”, which began in Babylon, and which precedes “the Day of the Lord”. During this amazing “Day,” the almighty Creator smashes the satanic kingdoms of this world and sets up Jesus, as the Prince of Peace, on the throne of His father, David.
Jesus is God’s anointed, and has been appointed to bring all things, in heaven and earth, back under God’s sovereign control, during “the Day of the Lord”. Jesus is to redeem both the world, and the righteous saints of all ages, from the hand of Satan – before handing them back to His heavenly Father. Jesus paid the price for the sin of the whole world – such that whosoever believes on Him is redeemed by His precious blood, and transferred into the Kingdom of His dear Son.
The “Times of the Gentiles” is a perilous period, when the Jews are oppressed by all nations, and despised world-wide. Similarly, the Church is hated, of all men, just as Christ was hated without a cause – and like Israel, the Church will continue to be persecuted for righteousness sake.
But Peter gives us wonderful hope, that the cruel, mocking voices will one day cease. And although we consider it to be a long time to wait for God’s plan to come to fruition, we are assured – that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
He encourages us by letting us know that the Lord is not slow about fulfilling His promise, as some consider slowness, but is patient toward fallen man, not wishing for anyone to perish, but that all would come to repentance.
Peter gives a wonderful description of that final part of “the Day of the Lord”, where the old creation passes away and is replaced by a new heaven and earth – for according to His promise we are to keep looking for new heavens and a new earth – in which righteousness will dwell.
Although Christ’s millennial reign on earth will be a time of righteous rule, when the wolf will lie down with the lamb.. the Lord Jesus will be required to reign with a rod of iron, for the inhabitants of His earthly kingdom, will continue be born with a sin nature – until ALL thing are made new.
However, in the eternal ages, that will follow the new heaven and earth, He will no longer rule with a rod of iron. Jesus will reign for ever and ever, and of His eternal kingdom there will be no end. There will be no war, no death, no sin, no rebellion, no sickness and no pain, in the new heaven and the new earth – for the former things will have passed away. There will be no enemies to fight – neither natural enemies nor spiritual foes. There will be no sacrificial system and no temple – but the Lamb that was slain for US will be worshipped for ever and ever. Praise His holy name.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your perfect plan of Salvation. Thank You that You have given Your fallen creation so much time to be brought into this world, and to be born-again into Your heavenly kingdom. Thank You that the troubles and trials of this present age will one day cease, and that we have the hope and blessing of ruling and reigning with Christ, in His millennial kingdom. Thank You that in the ages to come, heaven and earth will be free of all the residue of sin and Satan. May we play our part in Your eternal plan and purpose, and live our lives in a way that points the world to Christ, and may we honour His holy name in thought, word and deed Use me for the furtherance of Your kingdom, I pray, and bring many sinners to faith, through the powerful convicting work of the Holy Spirit – this we ask in Jesus name AMEN.