Robertson's Word Pictures (NT)
A new heaven and a new earth (ouranon kainon kai ghn kainhn). This new vision (eidon) is the picture of the bliss of the saints.
The first heaven and the first earth (o prwtov ouranov kai h prwth gh)
are passed away (aphlqan, went away, second aorist active indicative of aperxomai). "Fled away" (efugen) in Revelation 20:11.
And the sea is no more (kai h qalassa ouk estin eti). The sea had given up its dead (Revelation 20:13). There were great risks on the sea (Revelation 18:17 ff.). The old physical world is gone in this vision. It is not a picture of renovation of this earth, but of the disappearance of this earth and sky (not heaven where God dwells). It is a glorious picture here in Revelation 21:1-8 in sharp contrast to the lake of fire in Revelation 20:11-15. The symbolism in neither case is to be pressed too literally, but a stern and a glorious reality exists behind it all.
Other Robertson's Word Pictures (NT) entries containing Revelation 21:1:
2 Peter 3:13
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