What Waxed Old and Vanished?
Hebrews 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
Poof! Vanish! Melt with fervent heat! Where did the writer of Hebrews get this? Why was he talking about it? Usually when the speakers and writers in the New Testament talked about something and quoted from the Old Testament, it meant the Old Testament passage was coming true, right? Well, here it is:
Isaiah 51:3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein [joy to the world, the Lord is come! let earth receive her King!], thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
4 Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.
5 My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust.
6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.
8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.
This is Messianic. There is no “generation to generation” in heaven! And it was to happen WHEN the heavens vanished like smoke and the earth waxed old like a garment. WHAT waxed old and vanished in the New Testament? It was the old covenant, NOT the physical heavens and earth!
And there is more.
Psalms 102:24 I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.
25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:
27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.
28 The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.
So, AFTER the heavens and earth were destroyed, God’s servants were going to continue to have “seed.” Again, that can’t be somewhere up in heaven in the sweet by and by because we won’t be having babies in heaven. Heaven and earth were destroyed when God took vengeance on the Jewish nation. The heavens and earth are the old covenant and the old covenant people. In Joseph’s dream his father (Israel) was the sun, and his mother was the moon. He and his brothers were stars. That’s heaven. Joseph’s family was also represented by sheaves (the earth). (See Genesis 37:1-11.) And God had told Abraham (Israel’s grandfather) that his seed would be like the stars and the sand (again, heaven and earth; see Genesis 22:17). As Christians we are now the NEW heaven and earth, the heavenly Jerusalem. And, praise God, we shine like stars too!
Philippians 2:15 that ye may become blameless and harmless, children of God, unblemished in the midst of a generation crooked and perverse, among whom ye do appear as luminaries in the world.