new earth

God created stars, sun and moon, and they will exist forever. However, how can we explain the following verses, that seems to indicate the contrary?

“The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.”  (Rev. 21:23)

“There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” (Rev. 22:5)

The sun will no more be your light by day,    nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light,  and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end. Then all your people will be righteous and they will possess the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted, the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor. (Isa. 60.19-21)

If you look at the context of each one of the above verses, you will see that all of them are talking specifically about the “New Jerusalem,” the capital of the New Earth. The throne of God will be established in the New Jerusalem, and that is the exact reason because that city will not need the light of the sun. In other words, the very glory of God will be the light of the New Jerusalem. For example, read again the following verse and see how the affirmation is limited to the New Jerusalem city:

“The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” (Rev. 21:23)

More than that, other verses in the Bible clearly indicate that the sun, stars and moon will exist forever:


“Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever— he issued a decree that will never pass away.” (Psa. 148:3-6)

“As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,” declares the Lord, “so will your name and descendants endure. From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,” says the Lord. (Is 66.22-23).