Difficult Questions For Futurists To Answer

New Heaven and New Earth

Assuming the earth will be destroyed with fire, and all the nations of the earth will be destroyed along with it, why, when the "New Earth" or "New Jerusalem" comes, will the nations need healing? (Revelation 22:2)? How can you heal something that is already dead and burned? If the New Jeruslam is the saved of all ages, when all things have ended and we have embarked into eternity; when sin, death, Hades and Satan have all been cast into the lake of fire; all evil has been disposed of, sin has been finally purged; there is no more sickness, no more hunger or thirst; the former things shall not be remembered or even come to mind; why would they need healing if they are now in eternal bliss?

Why would the gates of this city be left open if everything outside this city is destroyed (Revelation.21:25)? If everyone outside these gates were burned up, and there is nobody left alive outside these gates, why are there people still entering through the gates into the city after the New Jerusalem comes down from Heaven (Revelation 21:24)?

If, in the New Heaven and New Earth, there will be no more death, why does the Bible say there WILL still be physical death in the New Heaven and New Earth (Isaiah 65:20, 66:24)?

If, after the New Heaven and New Earth come, there will be no more sin, why does Isaiah say there WILL still be sin (Isaiah 65:20)? Even Jesus Christ said there would still be sin in the next age (Matthew 12:32, Revelation 22:15). And Revelation says that, after the New Jerusalem comes, there will still be sinners (Revelation 21:27).

If the New Jerusalem is a physical place, and it will physically come down to earth, why did Jesus say it would not come with observation, and that people would not say "look here or look there" (Luke 17:20-21)? Why not say "look" if it will come with observation? Can it possibly be because it will be a spiritual kingdom and not a physical one?

Return of Christ

This next question is concerning the question the disciples asked in Matthew 24:3: "And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" Here are a few facts first.

Jesus talked to his disciples about his death but the apostles did not understand it at all (Matthew 16:21-22, Mark 8:31-32; 9:31-32, Luke 9:44-45; 18:31-34, John 13:33-14:6; 16:16-18). This last account in the Gospel of John takes place after Jesus had given them the Olivet discourse (Matthew 24) and they still did not understand that Jesus was going to leave them and die. After all, he was God...how can God die? They had no idea of Jesus leaving, then coming again (John 12:34).

The disciples expected Jesus to be their physical King and set up a worldly Kingdom at his First Coming (John 6:15, Luke 24:21), not at his Second Coming. So did others (Luke 17:20-21; 19:11). Even after the crucifixion, they still had no concept about his Second Coming, because they still thought he was going to give them a physical Kingdom at that time (Acts 1:6).

If the apostles had no idea that Jesus was going to leave them, why would they ask Him about His return (Matthew 24:3)? How could the disciples have asked a question about something they knew nothing about?

If Jesus is going to come down physically on the Mount of Olives, why did Christ warn "Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not" (Matthew 24:23)? Why can't we believe someone who would say, "Lo there is Christ descending on the Mount of Olives!"? Can it possibly be because it will be a spiritual coming and not a physical one?

Passing of Mosaic Law

Matthew 5:17-18, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."

Jesus came to fulfil the law. He specifically stated WHEN the Mosaic Law would pass. It would pass when "heaven and earth pass" and when "all (prophesy) be fulfilled." If heaven and earth did not pass, and if all prophesy has not been fulfilled, why, dear reader, are you not keeping the Mosaic law? Jesus said it would not pass, and must be obeyed, until these things happen.

Resurrected Body

If Christ was actually in His eternal physical resurrection body, will we be raised with the same physical body and likeness as Christ was raised with (1 John 3:2)?

a) Was He physical? Will we have that same physical body?

b) Was he any age? What age? Will we be the same age as Christ?

c) Will we too have scars that we had previously? Christ did.

d) Will we all be raised male? Christ was.

e) What about babies? Will they be raised as babies? Or will all people suddenly be raised at the prime age of 30 like Christ?

f) What about the food Christ ate? Obviously it took teeth to chew. Did the food get caught in His teeth? Did it have to go into His colon and out His anus? Did Christ take that into heaven?

g) Will we have genitalia? Christ did. If you believe that Christ was raised with the exact same physical body (just eternal now), then you must believe He still has genitalia.

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