Rev 21:1 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.
Penned by: Kevin K O'Connor
Date penned: May 29, 2017
Thought To share my thoughts of the phrase 'no more sea' of Rev 21:1
My response to that phrase is first the following of God's Word; 1Co 13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 1Co 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. And, the reason I first share this scripture in my explanation is because I literally don't know. BUT, I will share some things I do know from the past revelations of God's nature.
First of all, God is Spirit and once He creates anything with the breath of life, it is eternal hence the reason that mankind MUST suffer eternally rather than just not exist. God's Word has several instances of this fact concerning animals. Ecc_3:21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? And, another great scripture reference concerning His creation; Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Since God's Word is clear that there are animals in Heaven (the lion shall lay down with the lamb and a child shall play with a poisonous asp) And the fact that I believe that once God gives of His breath to create living things, they exist forever. I also believe that God is eternal and so He created all living things and while mankind may think in relation to time, God doesn't (He does while we're confined to it, but He is eternal) and so based on these facts, I can't see God creating life (creatures) to only be temporary and then be destroyed. For one thing, if animals move, live and have their being by the Spirit of God, it (His Spirit) can never be destroyed.
Thus, based upon the nature of God and His Word concerning the fact that there will be animals in Heaven, I can't see where God would say that birds and land animals can be there but not ocean creatures, to me, it just doesn't make sense. So, I lean heavily upon what Paul has said in 1Co 13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. In regards to Rev 21:1 and the statement of 'there was no more sea' In my spirit, I knew there had to be animals in Heaven, and after hearing from those who have died and witnessed them there first hand, it was no surprise to me. Thus, in the same way, I also feel that God has created every creature to not only exist during this world's existence, but also for all time and eternity.
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving of Yourself through the work of Your hands in all that exists. May each of us be looking forward to the Wonder, Beauty, and Wisdom that they all will shine forth proclaiming Your Wonder, Beauty and Wisdom. In Jesus Glorious, Eternal, Matchless Name we pray, Amen.