Eden and Babylon
In the Second Letter of Peter we are told that Eden was a world different from the one we now live in. It had its own earth and sky. All that was destroyed in a great flood of waters. How this was we do not know for sure, but scripture has decreed it:
"They are choosing to forget that there were heavens at the beginning, and that the earth was formed by the word of God out of water and between the waters, so that the world of that time was destroyed by being flooded by water." (2 Peter 3:5-6).
In Eden's place appeared Babylon, the new world which God created out of Eden's wreckage -- a world populated not by Adam and Eve's children, but by the sons of Noah. (Gen.9:18-19). A world which itself must also end:
"But by the same word, the present sky and earth are destined for fire, and are only being reserved until Judgement day so that all sinners may be destroyed." (2 Peter 3:7).
Perhaps the flood refers to the waters that God is holding back, making a seabed so that the redeemed can cross it in a journey that will take them from the lower waters to the upper ones in the heavens where the new Jerusalem is being built. In the days of Noah, God seems to have allowed those waters to sweep down on mankind, killing everyone except for Noah and his family who took the seed of the world to safety on an ark designed by the instruction of God.
They rode that ark to another place where the waters were being held back once again.
The world we live in today, this 'present sky and earth', is a world made by Jesus just for the rescue which He had been commissioned by God to effect:
"I shall rescue them from wherever they have been scattered during the mist and darkness." (Ez.34:12).
Because there is a fundamental difference between the people who died before the flood and those who came afterward, Jesus had to preach twice. Scripture says that Jesus went down to preach to the dead after he was crucified.
"I went down into the countries underneath the earth, to the peoples of the past." (Jonah 2:7).
Babylon is just a temporary replacement of Eden -- made only for our rescue by Jesus. It will not last long. According to scripture, our world is going to be destroyed and for the very same reason that Eden was destroyed.
Despite the fact that it was born in faith, Babylon is a wicked world. That is why God has raised it up in a place so far removed from His own kingdom -- bringing it to life on a remote island in the depths of the lower sea -- simply for the purpose of judgment.
Constructing Babylon out of the wreckage of Eden, God started this time, from a base of faith. Noah and his seven passengers of faith were the only people from the civilization of Eden allowed to board the ark. So the new world that they started began in the seed of faith. But along with the seed faith of Noah appeared others as well.
An angel came to God in one of Jesus' parables and said,
'I thought you planted only good seed here, where do the bad ones come from?' and God answered, 'Some enemy has done this. Let them both grow up together and when they are mature we will select between them and keep the good, but throw the others in the fire.' (Mt.13:24-30).
1. 'The Clock of God', Chapter 3, 'The Return of God'
2. Babylon, a History
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