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For what purpose
was the earth created?
"For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God Himself
that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created
it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited." Isa. 45:18.
Why was man made?
"Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou
has put all things under His feet." Ps. 8:6 (Gen. 1:26) (Ps.
Does man now have
all these things under him?
"Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in
that He put all in subjection under Him, He left nothing that is not put
under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him."
When man lost his
dominion, to whom did he yield it?NOTE. - Man was
overcome by Satan in the garden of Eden, and there yielded himself and his
possessions into the hands of his captor.
"For of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in
bondage." 2 Peter 2:19.
shows that the earth came into Satan's possession?NOTE. - This
was the occasion of Christ's temptation in the wilderness. It cannot be
truthfully said that Satan lied, when he told Christ that all the kingdoms
of the world had been delivered into his (Satan's) hand. There was a sense
in which his pretensions with regard to the kingdoms of the world, their
power and their glory, were truthful, otherwise how could his words have
been a temptation to Christ?
"And the Devil, taking Him up into a high mountain, showed unto
Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the Devil said
unto Him, All this power will I give Thee, and the glory of them; for that
is delivered unto Me; and to whomsoever I will, I give it." Luke 4:5,
Is this first
dominion to be restored? And to whom is it to come?
"And thou, O tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter
of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom
shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem." Micah 4:8. The "tower
of the flock" is Christ.
If man lost the
dominion through sin and death, through whom will it be restored?
"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels
for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by
the grace of God should taste death for every man." Heb. 2:9.
What blessing did
our Saviour pronounce upon the meek?NOTE. - This
inheritance cannot be realized in this life; for here the truly meek have
the least of earth's good things.
"Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth."
Who does David say
have the most of earthly things?
"For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of
the wicked... Their eyes stand out with fatness; they have more than heart
could wish." Ps. 73:3-7.
Will there be a
difference between the portion of the righteous and that of the wicked?
"Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee to
inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it."
What promise was
made to Abram concerning the land?
"And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from
him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art
northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward; for all the land
which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy
seed forever." Gen.13:14, 15.
How much did this
"For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was
not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the
righteousness of faith." Rom. 4:13.
How much of the
land of Canaan did Abraham own in his lifetime?
"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. (Heb. 11:13).
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.
Who is the seed to
whom the Abrahamic 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.
Who are counted
heirs of that promise?
"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according
to the promise." Gal. 3:29.
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.
What is to become
of our earth in the day of the Lord?
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 3:10. (Isa. 13:9) (Isa. 24:1-6) (Jer. 4:23-27).
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the
will follow this great conflagration?
"Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new
heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." 2 Peter
3:13. (Rev. 21:1-5).
To what promise did
Peter refer, when saying that he looked for new heavens and a new earth?
"For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the
former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind." Isa. 65:17.
What will be the
condition of things in the new earth?
"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."
How will the
ransomed demonstrate their joy in that place?
"And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come
to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they
shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee
away." Isa. 35:10.
How extensive will
be the reign of Christ at that time?
"He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto
the ends of the earth." Ps. 72:8.
What does Daniel
say of this kingdom?
"And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom
under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the
Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions
shall serve and obey Him." Dan. 7:27.