27. The New Heaven and New Earth

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that:

a. The present heaven and the present earth will remain forever.[18]

b. A new heaven and a new earth will not be created. [19]

What do mainstream Christianity believe?


Q1. Will the present heaven and the present earth remain forever?

Ps 102:25-26-“Of old Thou didst found the earth; and the heavens are the work of Thy hands. Even they will perish, but Thou dost endure; and all of them will wear out like a garment…”

Is 51:6-“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies.”

Matt 5:18-“For truly I say to you, UNTIL heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished.”

Matt 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33-“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.”

Heb 1:10-12-He also says, “In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed.”

2 Pet 3:7-But the present heavens and earth by His word are being reserved for fire

2 Pet 3:10-11-But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

2 Pet 3:12-the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat

Rev 20:11-And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away,and no place was found for them.

Q2. Will a new heaven and a new earth be created?

Is 65:17-Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth

2 Pet 3:13-But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

Rev 21:1-And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away


a. The present heaven and earth will be destroyed by fire (at the end of the 1000-yr. reign of Christ).

b. A new heaven and a new earth will be created.

Scriptures commonly used by Jehovah’s Witnesses:

Gen 8:22-WHILE THE EARTH REMAINS, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Ps 104:5-Who laid the foundations of the earth [Heb. erez; as in vss. 9,13,14,24,32; not as in vs. 30], that it should not be removed for ever

Ps 119:90-Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth[standeth, as in vs. 91] this day [[to] this day, or to-day]

Ecc 1:4-the earth abides forever [Heb. olam-for ages]

Is 45:18-earthHe created it not in vain [Heb. tohu-without form; cp. Gen 1:2-the earth was without form], He formed it to be inhabited


18. Reasoning from the Scriptures, p. 436; Make Sure of All Things, p. 166

19. Ibid.

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