"While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage." 2 Peter 2:19.
After the fall of man, did the earth pass into the hands of Satan? "And the Devil, taking Him [Jesus] up into a high mountain, showed 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.
Will the possession purchased by the blood of Christ, be restored again to man? "In whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest [pledge] of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchasedpos- session, unto the praise of His glory." Eph. 1:13, 14,
But in redeeming the possession, the earth, as well as man, must be cleansed from the curse. How will this be done? and what will be the result? "Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." 2 Peter 3:12, 13.
When will the regeneration of the earth take place? "And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." Matt. 19:28.
What will be the condition of the earth when redeemed? "For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Hab. 2:14; (Num.14:21).
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