12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens (Greek ouranos meaning heaven refers to earth's atmosphere) will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens (singular heaven) and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
In the verses above, please note that the Greek word ouranos has been incorrectly translated by the NKJV translators into the plural form 'heavens' instead of the singular form 'heaven'. In the Bible, the plural form 'heavens' refers to the whole universe but the singular form 'heaven', depending on the context, refers to the earth's atmosphere, the sky or God's current dwelling place located somewhere in the universe.
On the Day of Judgement, only the earth with its atmosphere, the sky, will be on fire and not the whole universe. The earth with its heaven will be a ball of fire. Since the elements will melt with fervent heat the earth's surface will become a Lake of Fire, as molten lava, and the earth's atmosphere will be full of flames rising up from this Lake of Fire. All of earth's unbelieving inhabitants who are cast into the Lake of Fire on the Great White Throne Judgement Day will be refined and cleansed in this Lake of Fire in preparation for the New Heaven and the New Earth in which God's Righteousness dwells.
Apostle Paul understood that there is an order in God's Plan of Salvation and that the End or the fulfillment of God's Plan will come when Jesus Christ delivers the Eternal Kingdom of the New Heaven and the New Earth to God the Father.
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