This post builds on yesterday’s (The Two-Tiered Spiritual Universe).
When God dried up the Red Sea so that the Israelites could walk across it as dry land, He was foreshadowing the even greater spiritual work He would one day carry out. That work was to “dry up the sea” of Sheol (Hades) so that humanity could walk across it as dry land into the promised land of heaven (Everyone Is Going to Heaven ). This was God’s restructuring of the universe from having three tiers to only two.
For this reason, Revelation 21:1, in declaring the new heavens and new earth, states boldly “and there is no longer any sea.” By most reliable accounts, the book of Revelation was written in the late 1st Century A.D. Repeatedly in its first and last chapters, the apostle John says that the book’s prophecies would happen soon. Therefore, we – living some two thousand years later – may know of a certainty that these new heavens and earth are in place and well established. Thus we know that all the dead have been going above to heaven ever since. The three-tiered universe long ago passed away, and the two-tiered universe has eternally taken its place.
This is completely consistent with what Isaiah the prophet had said. He had not only prophesied of the new heavens and new earth, omitting any reference to a “new sea” (in chapters 65 and 66). He also prophesied (in 51:10–11) that God would dry up the sea so that the redeemed could cross over to Zion. We know from the book of Hebrews and other places that the Zion prophesied was not the earthly Zion but the heavenly one. The reason there was “everlasting” joy on the heads of those crossing over is that they were moving above to heaven (whether from Sheol or from the earth) – making heaven their eternal (that is, everlasting) home.
How can we thank our Lord enough for the great change He has wrought in the unseen universe all for our sakes!
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.