The best is yet to come
Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore. Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation! And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness. Her people will be a source of joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and delight in my people. And the sound of weeping and crying will be heard in it no more. Isaiah 65:17-19 NLT
From the text, Isaiah points to the fact that the best is yet to come. God saves the best for last when He will establish the millennial kingdom, “new heavens and a new earth.” God will remove the past and will replace it with His new creation. God made this promise, “All who invoke a blessing or take an oath will do so by the God of truth. For I will put aside my anger and forget the evil of earlier days” (Isaiah 65:16). It is not just new heavens, some kind of hope beyond earth’s material limitations and frustrations. A new earth means that earth is also the domain of God’s will. John was given the privilege of writing about this great future: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband” (Revelation 21:1-2). There is a sense of elation and joy when God creates the new heaven and the new earth. Those residing this new place will be freed from all the troubles of the past. It is not just that God will restore what is old and decaying, He will replace it with totally new. All kinds of illnesses will be non-existent. There will be no reason to fret for God will remove everything that will cause us to weep and to worry. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever” (Revelation 21:4). The very life most people sought here on earth will be completely fulfilled as promised by God to His servants. There will only be one command that will be followed in this future that God prepares for those that trusted Him as Lord and Savior: “Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation! And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness. Her people will be a source of joy” (Isaiah 65:18).