A few days ago, NASA announced they have found a planet very much like the earth rotating around a star very much like the sun. “Kepler 452b” (that’s what NASA calls it; not sure what God does…) seems to be a planet capable of sustaining life. Some have dubbed it “Earth 2.0” and there is a lot of excitement around this discovery. When asked, “How soon can I move there?” the professor who oversaw the find said, “Now would be a good time to buy, before the rush.”
What if that planet is the place God has prepared to be the new earth described in Revelation? Too unlikely? Most scientific observations seem to confirm a “Big Bang” beginning for the universe, which neatly fits the description of the beginning in Genesis. Is it out of the question for us to scientifically observe what Scripture says God has prepared for the end of the age?
” 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. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”” (Revelation 21:1-5)
Quotes: The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
By current technology, it would take us millions of years to travel the 1400 light years separating us from “Earth 2.0.” But suppose God could instantly transport humanity to that place and give us a fresh start. How long do you suppose it would be before we began claiming territory for ourselves and fighting over it? How long before we humans figured out how to make obscene amounts of money by catering to the lowest urges of some while enslaving others? How long before we poisoned the atmosphere? How long before that new world would resemble the one He has already given us?
In the light of the answers to those questions, you can see why, in God’s revealed plan, the new heavens and earth will be prepared “as a bride for her husband,” a place with no death or tears. God has made it clear that His “Earth 2.0” will be be populated only by those who have surrendered to Him as their absolute King, who have submitted to be “fixed” by His Spirit. Which is to say who have completely placed their trust in His Son, Jesus.
How long before we know if Kepler 452b is the place? I don’t know, but this would be an excellent time to make sure you are included, before the rush.