Revelation 21 begins by telling its readers that in the future there will be a new heaven and a new earth, the old will pass away and the new one will come. In this new heaven and new earth there is no more sea (21:1). The sea has several meanings: (A) It’s dark, gloomy, chaotic appearance and unknown depths represents the place of the dead (20:13), contrasted by the “sea of glass” which is transparent and holy (15:2) , and now there is no more death (21:4); (B) in a practical sense it also represents separation between peoples, nations, and tongues, as God’s people who were once scattered are now gathered together (JER. 31:10) , and now there is no more separation between humanity as well as God. This is impossible to truly comprehend since it is not only in the future but a time when evil has been eliminated. The world will be very different than anything we have ever experienced; our existence will be without any influence of evil. What we have understood while growing up in this present world is no longer a fixed standard in the next.
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