Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New Heaven and New Earth

Separated Forever?

Q. I want to thank you for clearing up a lot of questions, but I read one of the articles I get from you and don’t quite understand.

You are comparing the descriptions of the New Jerusalem with Jehovah Shammah. In the last two paragraphs of that article you state that Heaven is the New Jerusalem where we will dwell with the Lord forever, while the Holy City on Earth is Jehovah Shammah where God will dwell in the midst of His people Israel forever.

This sounds like we will be separated from the Jews forever in eternity . Can you clear this up for me?

A. No one in his or her natural state, whether Jew or Gentile, will be able to enter the New Jerusalem during the Millennium. (Rev. 21:27) But believers in their perfected state, as we will be after the rapture, will be able to visit any place in the universe. This includes Israel and every other location on planet Earth where our loved ones might be.

At the end of the Millennium, all the people of Earth will be perfected too (Isaiah 25:7-8) which would likely remove any restrictions on them as far as visiting us is concerned. So we won’t be separated forever.


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