Unlike Isaiah 65:17-19 and 66:22, agreement exists to which event Peter referred when he wrote, “according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). Disagreement erupts, however, over what constitutes new.
Everyone knows what Isaiah’s new heavens and new earth is all about, right? Spoiler alert! Some regard Isaiah 65:17-19; 66:22 as referring to the end of time. Others understand it to have been a prophesy informing post-exilic Israel how God would rebuild worship in Jerusalem in their time.
Why such divergent interpretations? The short answer involves assumptions, methods and goals. Whether we realize it or not, this is also why we hold onto whatever views we might have.
Wanna take the new heavens challenge? Can you identify what each of these verses describes? You will notice that their language is somewhat similar. But first, a scenario with a few quick questions. Continue reading “The new heavens challenge”