As I was listening to Selah today, I was struck by the lyrics of the song All My Tears (originally done by Julie Miller and Emmylou Harris). Selah sings the lyrics
Sun and moon will be replaced
With the light of Jesus’ face
Poetically speaking, it’s a very nice sentiment. To be in the presence of Christ and not have to rely on the sun for our sustenance is a hope we can all have. The song mentions the hope of the resurrection in conjunction with the idea of all of our tears being washed away. It’s got a nice paced rhythm with a catchy melody, good for delivering the mail.
I do want to mention, though, that some of the passages that have been used to say that there will be no sun or moon any longer when Christ returns and raises the dead, do not really mean that in a literal sense. If you look at Revelation 21:22 – 22:5, it is describing the state of a city that descends from heaven to earth with nations existing outside that city. The idea of the light of God making the sun useless to the inhabitants of the city (the bride of Christ) does not mean that the sun will no longer be in existence. In fact, since the passage states that those in the city have “no need of the sun or moon” shows that the sun and moon still exist, they just aren’t required for light within that city because the glory of God personally illuminates it. “There will be no night there”, meaning within the walls of the New Jerusalem.
Then the moon will be confounded
and the sun ashamed,
for the LORD of hosts reigns
on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
and his glory will be before his elders.
If we turn to the Old Testament, we see the same idea in Isaiah 24:23. The LORD begins to reign gloriously, and the sun and moon are dull in comparison to that glory. The moon will be embarrassed and the sun will be ashamed because compared to the light of Christ they will be like nothing in comparison. It’s not that the sun and moon cease to shine, it’s that there is a much brighter light personally here on earth. Also, in viewing the hope of the new covenant arrangement for the nation of Israel in Jeremiah 31:31-36, God sets forth his unwavering plan for the nation of Israel to continue forever, but notice that His plan is also for the sun, moon, and stars to continue in the order that He has ordained.
Thus says the LORD,
who gives the sun for light by day
and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar –
the LORD of hosts is his name:
“If this fixed order departs
from before me, declares the LORD,
then shall the offspring of Israel cease
from being a nation before me forever.”
Those of us who believe that the physical nation of Israel will continue into the millennial kingdom should realize the comparison that is being made here. God uses the sun, moon, and stars, a fixed order that He has decreed will not change, to help us understand His unchanging plan for the nation of Israel. So let’s not think that God will just discard the sun, moon, and stars someday. Let’s read the texts as they are and not add anything to them.
It is a great song though. Check it out on youtube at this link here.
Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13
-The Orange Mailman