Tim Cole: New heaven awaits
What is the last enemy to be destroyed? God created mankind to be blessed, to be a blessing, to enjoy life, to honor and love Him and people, to live forever.
In the Garden of Eden there was no death, only life. There was no sickness, only health. No sadness, only joy. No turmoil, only peace. No hatred, only love. No evil, only good.
An enemy showed up. God told Adam and Eve they could eat of every tree in the Garden except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Evil already existed before this world. Lucifer, the angel over worship in Heaven, tried to take over the throne of God. God cast him down. He became the devil. He is a disembodied spirit. He inhabited a snake in the garden to get to Adam and Eve.
First, he questioned God’s Word and then he denied God’s Word. He offered them great wisdom if they would obey him. What they must not have realized was how wise they were. They walked and talked with God daily. When they ate the fruit, their eyes were opened. They had already experienced good. Then they experienced evil.
I’m sure they wished to God, like us, that had never happened. Thank God for the blood that God shed for Adam and Eve, making them coats of animal skins to cover their sin until Jesus could come and cleanse our sin away.
Sin brought death to all humanity. Adam and Eve both died spiritually the day they ate the fruit. They both died physically many years later. Death is 100%. Everybody dies. (There are exceptions like Elijah, Enoch, and people who will be alive at the Rapture).
Psalms said a man’s life shall be 70 to 80 years. We have seen that increase through medical science. Death sometimes seems like a friend, especially when dread diseases take over. There can be physical relief in death, and peace of soul if we know the Lord. Death can be a reward when we have been satisfied with many years and are ready to go Home. The Bible calls death the last enemy to be destroyed.
Someday soon Jesus will come in the clouds and take His people home to be with Him. There will be a seven-year tribulation period on this earth. Jesus will come and destroy the Antichrist and set up His earthly kingdom for a thousand years. During that time, it will be like Heaven on earth.
There will be a new Heaven and a new earth. God will live on earth with people. God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.