The the city will grow the tree of life.

The New Earth is the Twenty-Eighth Seventh Day Adventist belief.  This belief is a promise from God outlined in many Scriptures of the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.    When God first created the Earth,  it was free from sin and it was perfect.  Adam and Eve,  the original human beings,  lived in the garden alongside God’s perfect creation.  Adam and Eve, through the influence of the devil, introduced sin in a perfect world. Subsequently, God gave humanity a new chance to inherit a world void of sin.In Isaiah 65:17 it states  very clearly, “I will create new heavens and a new earth.” In Revelation 21:1-7 John has a vision where he sees, “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.” He clearly says that he sees a new Earth and the old Earth will be done away with. In 2 Peter 3:13 God promises a new Earth for the righteous. 2 Peter 3:13, “But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” The New Earth will be tangible. 2 Peter 3:10-13. The New Earth will be familiar. Rev. 21:1 New Jerusalem will be the capital. In Hebrew, Jerusalem means ‘city of peace’. In the New Earth Jerusalem will reflect this definition. John describes the New Earth romantically. He explains that the Earth will be beautiful Rev 21:2. In the New Earth, their will be no need for light because God’s glory will be ever present Rev. 22:5. God will only use the finest materials to build the New Jerusalem Rev. 1:19, 20. When we get to the New Earth we will have a variety of foods new and familiar foods. In the middle of the city will grow the tree of life. Its tree will have the antidote for all sickness Rev. 22:2; Gen. 3:22. In the New Earth we will have homes in the city that God has built for us, and in the country, God will allow us to build our homes and plant gardens John 14:2, Isa. 65:21. Our bodies and minds will be in perfect condition. We will be able to recognize the family and friends. There will be no marriage Matt. 22:29, 30. In the New Earth, there will be no more evil, the redeemed will forget the old (Isa. 65:17), and many more wonderful things. Some consequences can be seen in the effects of Global warming. Since the 19th century, the Earth’s temperature has risen 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit. This trend has not stopped it has only seemed to have progressed in the 21st century  Each Christmas Season the temperature has been warmer than the former. As a result of the warming Greenland is losing 150-250 cubic kilometers of ice per year. Another notable effect has been the increase in natural disasters. In 2016 there were 21 tropical storms in the Atlantic Ocean alone. World disasters are not new, some are even directly related to sin and its effects. When Jesus died for our sin the Earth shook. Matthew 27: 51 The earth shook, the rocks split.  Adventists have historically been reluctant to formalize a creed. On October 8, 1861, Review and Herald, J. N. Loughborough wrote,”The first step of apostasy is to get up a creed, telling us what we shall believe. The second is, to make that creed a test of fellowship. The third is to try members by that creed. The fourth to denounce as heretics those who do not believe that creed. And fifth, to commence persecution against such. In 1931 a list of 22 Fundamental Beliefs was produced and published in the Adventist Yearbook, and subsequently in the Adventist Church Manual. The belief of the New Earth was among the original 22 Beliefs. Later seven more beliefs were added. The 28th belief gives an identifying insight as to what the church stands for.  Because the Seventh-day Adventist Church proclaims the Truth, therefore, the 28th  beliefs, along with the other 27   are Biblically based.  Without outlining each belief, this would lend the Church to a state of confusion since there would be no established guidelines.  The 28th belief is a belief that is very important.  In summary, the 28th belief outlines the promise of the New Earth.  This belief is very important to the Seventh Day Adventist Church because in a way our entire faith rides on it. Our name spells it out very clearly. Seventh Day, we worship on the Sabbath; and Advent Jesus is coming again. What is one of the main things the Jesus promises to do when he comes again? Make the Earth new. Jesus has let sin play out its course to show the universe how destructive it really is. Now that all of the saints have made it to heaven and all of the sinners have been condemned it is finally time to remove the last and most blatant trace of the results of sin The Earth. When the Old Earth is removed there New Earth will take its place. A place of magnificent beauty where Christ Jesus will reign forever. Isaiah 65:17 “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered nor will they come to mind.The 28th belief is straightforward. God is coming again to make a new Earth. God promises that he will burn the earth to remove the last remnants of sin. The Seventh Day Adventist Church is one if not the only Church that takes the Bible as their only creed. The bible clearly states the New Earth as a true belief and so we believe. This belief gives a reason to endure the hardships of Earth, it brings joy to know that a great reward is coming, it reveals God’s character, it draws us to God,  it also gives us some strength to turn away from the evils of this world and push through.I have suffered from extreme environmental allergies. One of the biggest reasons that I want to make it to heaven is to experience what it is like to live in an environment without sin and it’s consequences: a pure earth.  I yearn to enjoy the Earth made new. I want to be able to roll around in the grass, swim in the rivers, eat all different types of fruits and vegetables, play with the animals, and just enjoy the pure Earth. Before researching information for this paper, I was familiar with the 28 beliefs because it was printed on the Church Bulletin of my home Church.  I would look at it very often but not as detailed as I have during this research. When I was baptized I accepted this belief but now I truly understand it more. This belief is also very important to me because many of my family members live in various countries;    they were not given the opportunity to enjoy the Earth because of negative experiences such as slavery, financial difficulties, and other problems. It brings me joy to know that some of my family members who have experienced a difficult life have the promise of sin-free worlds. I came to accept this Belief because I was introduced to the Truth since birth and have improved my understanding through intense studies such as I have done for this research paper.I interviewed Deborah. Deborah and I have a very similar family background. Most of our family is either in another country or does not make the effort to see us. I decided to explain the belief to her through this perspective. In the New Earth, we will be surrounded by ‘family’ there will be no loneliness because everyone there will be in harmony with each other. Deborah seemed to really enjoy this aspect of the belief and what it promised. I then went on to elaborate on some of the physical changes of the New Earth. When we get there our body will be in perfect conditions. This seemed there. Deborah has been suffering from intense hip problems from when she was a child. Recently she has gotten a pin inserted on her hip. The hope of making it to the New Earth to enjoy her perfect body seemed amazing to her and seemed to spark more interest in the belief. The New Heaven will be a beautiful place and after reviewing this belief I am very sure that it is a place that I would like to eventually get to call home.


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