Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is the ultimate fulfilment of Genesis 1:2: “And the earth was formless and empty, and darkness was over the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Yet we also see the same pattern at the end of the age. In the same way that Jesus became “formless and empty” to birth a new spiritual creation, so the heavens and the earth will also become “formless and empty” before they give birth to the “new heaven and new earth” prophesied in Revelation 21:1.
Let’s look at Jeremiah’s eschatological vision. Jeremiah saw what would come of the earth:
“I looked at the earth and it was formless and empty; and at the heavens and their light was gone. I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking; all the hills were swaying. I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert; all its towns lay in ruins before the Lord, before his fierce anger.” (Jer. 4:23-26)
In these verses Jeremiah sees the earth return to its original form in the beginning: degenerate. But before we lose hope at what the heavens and the earth will become (in the end) we must remember that this is only the narrow passage way, the canal of death, before it experiences Christ’s resurrection life. Peter sums it up well:
“The day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed with fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare…That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:10, 12b-13)
Prayer: Father, I want to look forward. Living for the future will cause me to live right today. I Thank you that you are not abandoning the world, but saving the whole cosmos. I long for the new heaven and earth that your coming will bring.