Main references: Rv 21:1; Gn 37:9-11; Rv 6-7; Rv 13-15; Mt 24:29; Rv 6:12-14; Ex 25; Jn 5:19; Mt 6:10
The new heaven represents God’s new tabernacle. The new earth represents the people of heaven who are born again. The first heaven, first earth, and sea, that disappear and cease to exist symbolize the tabernacle, its betraying congregation members, and the beasts respectively (Rv 13).
The sun, moon, and stars figuratively represent Jacob’s family (Gn 37:9-11). If the sun, moon, and stars dwell in heaven, then, Jacob’s dwelling place should be heaven as well. God formed people from the dust (Gn 2:7). There is a Korean proverb that goes In-san-in-hae, which means “a great number of people are symbolized by the mountains and the sea.” Thus, if a group of people, who are made from the dust or soil, are gathered, that group can be figuratively called a mountain or even the earth.
Rv 6 plainly declares how the heaven, earth, sun, moon, and stars cease to exist. If this is the case, where do people come from and where do they go to be sealed in Rv 7? This should make it clear that the new heaven and new earth in Rv 21 are figurative.
Moses built a tabernacle according to the pattern God showed him from heaven (Ex 25; Mt 6:10). John referred to that tabernacle on earth as “heaven” (Rv 13:6). Thus, a tabernacle constructed on earth according to the pattern in heaven (the spiritual world) can itself be called “heaven.” Moses, after coming out of Egypt, built the Tabernacle of the Testimony (Nm 17; Acts 7:44) in order to testify about what had taken place in Egypt. In the same way, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony is established in Rv 15 in order to testify about the Temple of the Tabernacle and the events that occurred there. This new temple that is established for the purpose of testifying is, in fact, the new tabernacle and the new heaven.
The scriptures reveal that the second tabernacle cannot be disclosed as long as the first tabernacle is still standing (Heb 9:8). It is only after the first tabernacle disappears that the second tabernacle can stand. After the first tabernacle is destroyed by the beast in Rv 13, the second tabernacle—the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony—appears (Rv 15) in order to testify about the destruction of the first tabernacle. In addition, if the tabernacle and its people in Rv 13 are represented by the heaven and earth that cease to exist, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (Rv 15:5) and those who overcome (Rv 15:2) are figuratively called the new heaven and new earth.
Revelation 6, Rv 13, and Rv 18 explain the events of the first heaven and the first earth. Revelation 7, Rv 14, and Rv 19, in contrast, make references to the new heaven and new earth. The first heaven and first earth exist first, and the new heaven and new earth are created later. The new heaven and new earth are the new tabernacle and new chosen people that are created according to God’s will on earth as it is done in heaven (Mt 6:10).
The twelve tribes of God’s kingdom, which make up the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (the new tabernacle), are created after the first heaven, the first earth, and the sea disappear. We in SCJ Church of Jesus are testifying about the physical fulfillment of Revelation. Come and see! Only those who receive the revealed word are able to know the only true God, Jesus, and the one who overcomes. By knowing and believing in these entities, you too can acquire eternal life and salvation (Mt 11:27; Jn 17:3