7765 - Heavens to Perish
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Since our lives are so finite in God’s vast eternity we are stretched when we are challenged to consider that any part of God’s creation may have limits; but such is the situation for today’s study.
Listen to Hebrews 1:10-12:
[God] 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. But you remain the same, and your years will never end."
Here Father God is speaking to His Son, as He affirms that the Son was the One who laid the foundations of the earth and the heavens at the beginning of time. Genesis 1:1 tells us: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Throughout Scripture the act of creation is ascribed to The Son. As we have shared previously, everything, which is matter as well as all the unseen dynamics which govern the interaction of these things were brought into being through the spoken command of The Son. The law of gravity and the laws of nature; the law of centrifugal force; entropy, magnetism, aging and all such controls were put into operation by the Son of God, the Christ.
Then the Father gives us an insight into some future events — the heavens will perish. Most of us have never mused over such heavy contemplations. Scholars assure us that the word “they” in verse eleven refers to the heavens in this passage. The idea is that the heavens will not become old just because of the lapse of time, but rather they will become worn out. There is even the comparison of the heavens to a garment that one wears a great deal; it begins to show the wear-and-tear, and there comes a need to replace this garment, like a shawl which a woman takes off and ‘puts up’; she will roll it up and place it on a shelf. This graphic picture is applied to the time when the Lord rolls up the heavens and changes them. This calls attention to the temporary nature of the heavens which one day will need to be replaced because they become worn.
The contrast in these verses is between this temporary nature of the heavens, and the permanence of the nature of the Son of God. God says: “but you remain...and your years will never end.” This permanent nature of Christ is described in 1` Timothy (1:17) as the King eternal [and] immortal...”; and 1 Peter relates that we are called “...to his eternal glory in Christ...”
So the Son as well as Father God is clearly portrayed as having eternal natures, and will never have an end. They will remain forever.
The details of the changing of the heavens are not fully explained in Scripture. That’s in the realm of God’s authority.
However, we are given some insight into the purifying work on the heavens and the earth in 2 Peter (3:10-13) which tells us: “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 in it will be laid bare.” This message goes on to explain that we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth which is the permanent home of righteousness; so the old order of things will be superseded by a glorious kingdom without sin and evil.
Through these portals and on these premises nothing impure will ever enter or dwell (Rev. 21:27). Only those who have placed their faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ; those who have been purified and sanctified through the blood of the Son of God, will qualify to dwell in this eternal kingdom of perfection.
And friend, that includes you if you have placed your trust in Jesus. You also now have an eternal nature bestowed upon you by Jesus. You already possess this nature (John 5:24). What a tremendous truth to contemplate. He deserves our eternal praise and thanks!