The Home of the Saved
Day of Christ's coming is a day of destruction only to evil. It is a day
of redemption, not only for God's people, but for the earth.
God created the earth
to be man's home. Here Adam dwelt in that garden of delight which the
Creator Himself had beautified. Though sin has marred God's work, yet
the human race has not been abandoned by its Creator; nor His purpose
for the earth set aside.
To this earth angels
have come, with the message of redemption, and its hills and valleys
have echoed their songs of rejoicing. Its soil has been trodden by the
feet of the Son of God. And for more than six thousand years, in its
forms of beauty and gifts for sustenance, the earth has borne witness of
the Creator's love.
This same earth, freed
from the curse of sin, is to be man's eternal home. Of the earth the
Scripture says, that God "created it not in vain, He formed it to be
inhabited." Isaiah 45:18. And "whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for
ever." Ecclesiastes 3:14.
So in the Sermon on the
Mount the Saviour declared, "Blessed are the meek: for they shall
inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5.
So the psalmist long
before had written, "The meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight
themselves in the abundance of peace." Psalm 37:11.
With this agree the
words of the Scripture, "The righteous shall be recompensed in the
earth." They "shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever."
Proverbs 11:31; Psalm 37:29.
The fires of the last
day are to destroy "the heavens and the earth, which are now;" but there
shall come forth "new heavens and a new earth." 2 Peter 3:7, 13. The
heavens and the earth will be made new.
"Eye hath not seen, nor
ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which
God hath prepared for them that love Him." 1 Corinthians 2:9.
No human language can
fully describe the reward of the righteous. It will be known only to
those who behold it. We can not comprehend the glory of the Paradise of
Yet we have glimpses of
that land even now; for "God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit."
1 Corinthians 2:10. Precious to our hearts are the pictures of that
country which the Bible gives.
There the heavenly
Shepherd leads His flock to fountains of living waters. The tree of life
yields its fruit every month, and the leaves of the tree are for the
service of the nations.
There are ever-flowing
streams, clear as crystal, and beside them waving trees cast their
shadows upon the paths
prepared for the ransomed of the Lord. There the
wide-spreading plains swell into hills of beauty, and the mountains of
God rear their lofty summits. On those peaceful plains, beside those
living streams, God's people, so long pilgrims and wanderers, shall find
"My people shall dwell
in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting
places." "Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor
destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation,
and thy gates Praise." Isaiah 32:18; 60:18.
"They shall build
houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the
fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not
plant, and another eat: . . . mine elect shall long enjoy the work of
their hands." Isaiah 65:21,22.
There, "the wilderness
and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall
rejoice, and blossom as the rose." "Instead of the thorn shall come up
the fir tree, and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle tree."
Isaiah 35:1; 55:13.
"The wolf also shall
dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; . . .
and a little child shall lead them." "They shall not hurt nor destroy in
all my holy mountain," saith the Lord. Isaiah 11:6,9.
There will be no more
tears, no funeral trains, no badges of mourning. "There shall be no more
death, neither sorrow, nor crying, . . . for the former things are
passed away." "The inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that
dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity." Revelation 21:4; Isaiah
There is the New
Jerusalem, the capital of the glorified
new earth, "a crown of glory in
the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God." Her
light is "like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone,
clear as crystal." "The nations of them which are saved shall walk in
the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and
honor into it." Isaiah 62:3; Revelation 21:11,24.
The Lord says, "I will
rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people." "The tabernacle of God is
with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and
God Himself shall be with them, and be their God." Isaiah 65:19;
In the earth made new,
only righteousness shall dwell. "There shall in no wise enter into it
any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or
maketh a lie." Revelation 21:27.
God's holy law will be
honored by all beneath the sun. Those who have proved themselves true to
God by keeping His commandments, shall dwell with Him.
"In their mouth was
found no guile." "These are they which came out of great tribulation,
and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the
Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and
night in His temple." Revelation 14:5; 7:14, 15.