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Back To Eden?  


I have often heard people say that when the final nail is pounded into the coffin of this present age, life will return to the peace-filled pleasure of the Garden of Eden, but will it?  Read 2 Peter 3:10.


"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare."


Much could be said about 2 Peter 3:10, but I will zero in on the word "elements," which is translated from the Greek word "stoicheion."  This Greek word signifies any first thing from which other things originate.  I suggest, then, that the elements that will be destroyed by fire might refer to the sub-atomic particles, those first things, that form the foundation of creation. 


Whether you understand the fire in 2 Peter 3:10 to be literal fire or metaphoric fire, is open to debate.  What is important is that all of creation's sub-atomic matter will no longer exist.  There will be absolutely nothing that can give birth to something else.  There will be no first things remaining.  Every microscopic molecule will flee from the presence of God.  Revelation 20:11 states.


"Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them."


At this point in the history of the Genesis One creation, a new heaven and earth will materialize into existence from the mind of God.  Creation as we presently know it will perish into a state of nothingness.  Revelation 21:1 reads:


"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea."


The Greek word "kainos" that is translated as "new" in Revelation 21:1, implies something that is distinctly different in its essence or nature from that which is old.  The Genesis One creation will not be that first thing that produces a new heaven and earth.  That being the case, Revelation 21:1 cannot refer to God renovating creation that the fire of His wrath-filled judgments has torched.  The Garden of Eden will not be replanted.  God will create something altogether new and distinctly different from the Genesis One creation.  It will be something that has never previously existed.  It will be far beyond any human capability to imagine. 


No, we will not return to Eden.  Our present time space environment will simply disappear.  We, as true Christians, on the other hand, will be transformed into the very likeness and image of God's Son (Romans 8:29) and will exist in a state of being that has never existed.

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