A New Heaven and Earth
Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel? When God restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.” Psalms 53:6 NLT
God has always delivered His people Israel. Israel is a special people to God! This doesn't mean that someone who is born as a Jew is saved. In fact, those who are born again are true spiritual Jews. “For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision. No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.” Romans 2:28-29 NLT The same can be stated about Americans. You aren't a Christian just because you are an American. Salvation is a gift from God to those who receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, not those who are born to a religious family heritage. One day, all born again believers from all over the world, and from all of history, will gather in the restored New Jerusalem as children of God Then, we will rejoice (see Isaiah chapter 65; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation Chapters 21 and 22). “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore. Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation! And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness. Her people will be a source of joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and delight in my people. And the sound of weeping and crying will be heard in it no more. “No longer will babies die when only a few days old. No longer will adults die before they have lived a full life. No longer will people be considered old at one hundred! Only the cursed will die that young! In those days people will live in the houses they build and eat the fruit of their own vineyards. Unlike the past, invaders will not take their houses and confiscate their vineyards. For my people will live as long as trees, and my chosen ones will have time to enjoy their hard-won gains. They will not work in vain, and their children will not be doomed to misfortune. For they are people blessed by the Lord, and their children, too, will be blessed. I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! The wolf and the lamb will feed together. The lion will eat hay like a cow. But the snakes will eat dust. In those days no one will be hurt or destroyed on my holy mountain. I, the Lord, have spoken!”” Isaiah 65:17-25 NLT
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Rev. Curtis Norris