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If one can conceive of the wonderful conditions that would have been on the Earth today if man had not fallen and then transfer that idea to the New Earth, he would have the whole plan of the Bible in a nutshell, as far as the future is concerned. The fall of man does not do away with God''s original purpose. It has only postponed this purpose until the final restitution of all things, as explained below. In other words, if man had not fallen natural life would have continued forever with children being born throughout eternity. Animals would have continued to be born and utilized by man for his own good. There would have been no thorns and thistles or curse of any kind on the Earth as we know it at the present time. There would have been no suffering, pain, tears, failures, sin, death, or any of the present effects of man''s rebellion. Certainly every man can conceive of these wonderful conditions on the Earth if man had not sinned. These perfect and sinless conditions would have been eternal for as long as man remained true to God.

If one can conceive of these eternal perfect conditions, he can also conceive of the same thing in the New Earth when the curse is removed and natural man continues the original program of God forever, as would have come to pass if man had never fallen. What is hard to understand about this glorious natural state in the New Earth, since it is clear that this same condition would have continued forever if man had not fallen?
Even if man had remained true to God and had not fallen He did not plan to resurrect men and give them heavenly bodies. Neither is God going to resurrect, change from natural to spiritual bodies, and make the future natural men spiritual and heavenly in body. The men who will not rebel with Satan at the end of the Millennium will continue on the Earth forever as natural people. It is only the rebels at the end of the Millennium that will be destroyed from the Earth. By that time it will be possible to live forever in natural bodies, just as man could have done if he had not sinned, for the curse will be removed with all of its effects just as if man had never sinned. Then men will live in natural bodies forever and carry out the original creative purpose in replenishing the Earth and continuing natural life on the Earth. During the present curse, God is getting through a refining process, an heavenly people out of the race to reign over all coming generations of natural people.

Besides all the Scriptures proving eternal generations of natural people, there are three passages speaking of a thousand generations, which is a Hebraism for “perpetual generations” (Deut. 7:9; 1 Chron. 16:15; Ps. 105:8). In Ps. 90:10 Moses speaks of our years as being from seventy to eighty. If the thousand generations were to be calculated on this basis we should have the continuance of the human race for 70,000 to 80,000 years. This would be about as hard to conceive of as eternal generations. Then too, where in Scripture are we told that the generations are to cease after this long period? The word “generation” (singular and plural) is used 213 times in the Bible and in every case except in Gen. 2:4, it is used of natural generations of men and their multiplying posterity in the Earth.

  • The references in the following points are just as clear as those mentioned above and need no interpretation. However, many of them have been postponed until the time of the repentance and restoration of the persons who failed after the promises were made. Nevertheless, none of these passages have been annulled, nor will they ever be.

  • In the Bible there are a number of eternal covenants with natural men and beasts. Such could not possibly be true if both parties of the covenants were not eternal (Gen. 9:16; 17:7, 19; Exod. 31:16; Lev. 24:8; Num. 18:19; 2 Sam. 23:5; 1 Chron. 16:17; Ps. 105:10; 111:5, 9; Isa. 55:3; 61:8; Jer. 32:40; 50:4-5; Ezek. 16:20; 37:26).

  • Eternal lands were promised to Abraham and his natural posterity forever. His natural seed must remain forever in order for this to be fulfilled (Gen. 13:15; 17:6-8; 49:4; Exod. 32:12-13; Lev. 25:23, 30, 34; Deut. 4:40; Jn. 14:29; 2 Chron. 20:7; Isa. 60:21; Jer. 25:25; Lk. 1:32-35; Mt. 19:28).

  • The Scriptures abundantly prove that David''s natural seed, his earthly throne and kingdom with its earthly subjects are all eternal and will be ruled by Christ forever (2 Sam. 7:11-17, 24-29; 22:51; 23:5; 1 Ki. 2:45; 9:3-5; 1 Chron. 17:7-15, 22-27; 22:10; 28:4-9; 2 Chron. 13:5; 21:7; Ps. 89:3-4, 35-37; 145:13; Isa. 9:6-7; Ezek. 43:7-9; Dan. 2:44-45; 7:13-14, 18-27; Mic. 4:7; Lk. 1:32-35; Heb. 1:8; 12:28; Rev. 11:15; 22:5).

  • Planting and harvesting, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will go on while the Earth remains (Gen. 8:22; Ps. 104:5; Eccl. 1:4; Isa. 65:21-25; Mic. 4:3-4; Joel 2:18–3:21). Certainly glorified saints will not be the ones to plow, sow, reap, and enjoy the fruits of their labors, for they are the ruling class. It will be the natural people who go from the Tribulation period into the Millennium and from the Millennium into the New Earth that will plant and harvest forever on the Earth. They will be the ones that will marry and have children forever and live a normal, natural life just as man would have done if he had not fallen. Thus, we must distinguish between the two classes of eternal people of Adam''s race, the natural people who will be the subjects of the kingdom forever, and the spiritual, immortal, resurrected, heavenly, glorified saints of all ages before the Millennium who will be the rulers and heirs of the kingdom forever. The natural people will carry out God''s original purpose on Earth just as man would have done if he had continued on the Earth forever without the Fall and the present rebellion against God.

  • Many other eternal truths are mentioned in connection with natural man and his life on the eternal Earth, which proves that there will be natural men and other creatures here forever and that natural life and conditions on Earth will be perpetual in a perfect state, just as it would have been if man had not fallen (Gen. 17:13; Exod. 12:14, 17, 24; 27:20-21; 28:26-43; 29:9; 30:8, 17-21; 31:16-17; 40:15; Lev. 3:17; 6:12-13, 18-23; 7:34-38; 10:9, 15; 6:29-30; 17:7; 23:14, 21; 24:2-9; Num. 10:8; 15:15; 18:8-11, 19-23; 19:10, 21; 1 Chron. 15:2; 23:13; 2 Chron. 2:4; 2 Ki. 17:37; Ps. 125:1; Isa. 45:17; 51:6-11; 54:8; 55:13; 56:5; 60:15-20; Ezek. 46:14; Zech. 14:16-21).

  • The glorified saints are to reign as “kings and priests” on Earth forever. How could they be “priests” forever without worshippers to minister unto? How could they be “kings” forever without a kingdom and subjects to reign over? They certainly will not reign over and minister unto themselves.

  • In all the passages in the above points the words “everlasting,” “forever,” “perpetual,” etc., are used. The same words are used for the eternal existence of God, so if one is eternal the others must be also. We have no right to take such words to mean anything but what they say, unless such is plainly implied in the passages where they are found, or some statement is found elsewhere to the contrary. Any usage of such words in any passage other than that of an eternal sense is always made clear in the passage itself. When used dispensationally and in connection with eternal things they mean eternal in every case.

  • God gave recognition to His intention to have a perpetual race through the Tree of Life when He drove Adam from it (Gen. 3:24). What purpose will trees of life have in the New Earth if it is not for the preservation of natural life? Eternal bodily life of glorified saints will not depend on such trees, for they have immortal bodies by virtue of the resurrection and transformation by the Spirit of God. If the above passages mean what they say then they prove the perpetuity of the race as natural physical beings as would have been the case if man had not fallen. When death, the penalty for sin, is destroyed after the Millennium, because sin ceases to be, life will automatically go on through the medium of natural preservation—the trees of life (Rev. 2:7, 17; 22:2).
The obvious question in view of the perpetual multiplying of the race is how can the Earth hold so many coming generations? This may be answered satisfactorily by the following suggestions:

(1)     The how of many revealed parts of God''s eternal plan is not clear. We are not asked to understand how certain things will be brought about. We are simply asked to believe what is plainly written. The how of God''s plan is in His hands. Is the God who created all things and foretold eternal plans now limited in His power to bring these things to pass? Nevertheless, the how of the question of over-population seems to be answered in Ps. 8; Isa. 40:29-31. In these passages common, natural man was supposed to have power and dominion over all the works of God''s hands. This would include all the planets. Christ came to restore man''s dominion over all things (Heb. 2:7-10). It seems logical to believe that in the future restoration man will have power over, and access to the planets, which are a part of God''s handiwork. God could take care of all future generations, whenever necessary, by populating other planets.

(2)     After the restoration it will be possible for vast multitudes of people to live on the Earth. Even now in Japan about three-fifths of the arable land is owned by small peasant proprietors who provide for their families on holdings of as small as one acre, some even less. How much greater will be the possibilities when the ground is freed from the curse so that it will bring forth as before the curse.

Possibly a few figures in connection with the area of the Earth and the many people it should be capable of holding might be interesting at this point. It is said that the total area of the Earth is 196.95 million square miles. There are now about one million square miles of lake and river surface, not counting, of course, the area of the oceans. Granting that there will be no oceans in the New Earth, let us suppose that 4.65 million square miles will be necessary for seas, rivers and lakes, and that 2.25 million square miles will be necessary for the site of the New Jerusalem. That will leave 190 million square miles of land for man. If one acre were given to one person there would be room for about 121.6 billion people on the Earth, or about 119 billion people more on the Earth than are on the Earth at present. There are about two billion people on Earth now (Editor''s Note: ca. 1948).

(3)     It may be stated further in connection with this subject that men will not multiply on Earth as fast after the restoration as before. It is clear from Gen. 3:16 that with the curse came the multiplication of conception. When the Earth and all therein are loosed from the curse a normal condition will also be restored along this line.

Source - God's Plan for Man.



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