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The Open Door Bible Studies Number Twenty-eight

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: I am the LORD; and there is none else." Isaiah 45:18.


To whom has God given the earth?

"The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men." Psalm 115:16.


For what purpose was man made?

"Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:" Psalm 8:6.


When man lost his dominion, to whom did he yield it?

"for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage."2 Peter 2:19.

Note — Man was overcome by Satan in the garden of Eden, and there yielded himself and his possession into the hands of his captor.


In tempting Christ, what ownership did Satan claim?

"And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed 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, 6.


Why did Christ say the meek are blessed?

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5.


What was shown the apostle John in vision?

"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." Revelation 21:1.


How did Isaiah describe conditions on the "new earth"?

"And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them." Isaiah 65 21 - 23.


How readily will their wants be supplied?

"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." Isaiah 65:24.


What peaceful condition will reign throughout the earth then?

"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." Isaiah 65:25.


What seasons of worship will be observed in the new earth?

"For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD." Isaiah 66:22, 23.


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