"And He gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on:
yet He promised that He would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him,
when as yet he had no child." Acts 7:5. See Heb. 11:13.
15. How much of the promised possession did Abraham expect during his lifetime?
"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after
receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith
he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in
tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked
for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God." Heb. 11:8-10.
16. Who is the seed to whom this promise was made?
"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds,
as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." Gal. 3:16.
17. Who are heirs of the promise?
"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the
promise." Verse 29.
18. Why did not these ancient worthies receive the promise?
"And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the
promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not
be made perfect." Heb. 11:39,40.
19. What is to become of our earth in the day of the Lord?
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the
heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent
heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." 2 Peter
20. What will follow this great conflagration?
"Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new
earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." Verse 13.
NOTE.-As shown in the reading on "The Millennium," chapter 78, at the coming
of Christ, the living wicked will die, and the saints will be taken to heaven to dwell
with Christ a thousand years, or until the wicked of all ages are judged, and the time
comes for their destruction and the purification of the earth by the fires of the last
day. Following this, the earth will be formed anew, and man, redeemed from sin, will be
restored to his original dominion.
21. To what Old Testament promise did Peter evidently refer?
"For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be
remembered, nor come into mind." Isa. 65:17.
22. What was shown the apostle John in vision?
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first
earth were passed away; and there was no more sea." Rev. 21:1.
23. What will the saints do in the new earth?
"And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards,
and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not
plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of My people, and Mine
elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, nor bring
forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring
with them." Isa. 65:21-23.
24. How readily will their wants be supplied?
"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they
are yet speaking, I will hear." Verse 24.
25. What peaceful condition will reign throughout the earth then?
"The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the
bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My
holy mountain, saith the Lord." Verse 25.
26. What seasons of worship will be observed in the new earth?
"For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I shall make, shall remain before
Me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass,
that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh
come to worship before Me, saith the Lord." Isa. 66:22,23.
27. What will the ransomed of the Lord then do?