But according to His promise, we look for "new heavens and a new earth," in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:13 ASV  

(10) But the day of the Lord will come as a thief; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are therein shall be burned up. (11) Seeing that these things are thus all to be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness, (12) looking for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God, by reason of which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? (13) But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness 'Isaiah 65:17'. 2 Peter 3:10-13 ASV

(6) Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath; for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment; and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. (7) Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye dismayed at their revilings. (8) For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool; but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation unto all generations. Isaiah 51:6-8 ASV 


(17) For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.  (18)  But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create; for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. Isaiah 65:17-18 ASV 

This earth was laying for years and years and years around under water before it was revealed when Jesus commanded the waters to recede so that she can be seen (Genesis 1:9-10) and to be inhabited. Sin and the ensuing violence on earth has desecrated this earth and has to be burned out because the gangrene that infected her is so contagious that waters were not enough enough to cleanse her. Even with a clean sample to start afresh, the infection resurfaces again with the course of time, as we can witness it today. Total annihilation with fire is necessary because man was mortally infected to keep drifting away from Jesus forever and ever till the point where we, the image of God the Father and and His incarnated YHWH, thus, gods (Psalms 82:6), will be all lost (Matthew 24:24-25), if it Jesus does not intervene (Mark 13:20).

'For the heavens shall vanish away like smoke', we read in Isaiah 51:6. What happens, then, after the vanishing of this earth and these heavens? Turn to Revelation 21 to get excited and motivated to overcome at all cost, and for the assurance of the certainty of the doctrine of the new earth and new heavens by the Incarnated YHWH God. And excerpt:

(1) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and the sea is no more.  (2)  And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.  (3)  And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his peoples, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God:  (4)  and he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more: the first things are passed away.  (5)  And he that sitteth on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he saith, Write: for these words are faithful and true.  (6)  And he said unto me, They are come to pass. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  (7)  He that overcometh shall inherit these things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  (8)  But for the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part shall be in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death. Revelation 21:1-8 ASV

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