GOSPEL OF THOMAS (51)
(1) His disciples said to him: “When will the <resurrection> of the dead take place, and when will the new world come?”
He said to them: “That (resurrection) which you are awaiting has (already) come, but you do not recognize it.”
But the words in brackets are merely the scribe’s own additions to “help the
reader understand” something which he himself has failed to grasp!
Appreciate also that when Jesus is asked a double question, he often replies to one question and ignores the other! In this case please remove the
first question and remove the scribe’s additions and we arrive at:
(1) His disciples said to him: “……… when will the new world come?”
(2) He said to them: “That ……. which you are
awaiting has ….. come, but you do not recognize it.”
The disciples are asking about the New Heavens and the New Earth which is promised in Isaiah 65 which God says he
is going to create and “will not be remembered nor called to mind”.
According to Isaiah 65 this is what he was proposing to do, before he actually did it as described in Genesis 1. Having
gone to all this trouble it is highly unlikely that he is going to destroy this amazing world and create another one.
Jesus is just telling them that the “New Heavens and the New Earth” already exist, as described in Isaiah 65 but they,
of course, do not remember the original Earth and the associated heavens, because it was always necessary that their previous existence should not be remembered after they entered on to the New Earth. If they knew the truth, they would then behave completely
I think if most people realised they were living on a temporary, created world, they would probably commit suicide and return to “normal”. Unless, of course, they decided to just do as they pleased without fear of retribution,
when their creator would probably need to remove them anyway.
Are we getting now to the point where this will now become necessary, or are we already in the process of being totally removed?
Is the current pandemic the kind way to terminate this
6000 year performance? According to the scriptures there will be a 1000 year interval, when many are expecting Jesus to return for His Millennial Reign – but is it just a long interval between two performances – a major change of scenery?
Book of Isaiah seems to say that 90% of the people will be removed and the brambles and forests will cover the earth!! The 10% of the population left will be to "seed" the earth to repopulate it after the 1000 years.
He is certainly not going to all
the trouble of destroying this world and creating another - It's only the people who need to be changed!