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And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and the sea is no more. Revelation 21:1

Why will the sea be no more? Will there still be large bodies of water?

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The sea associated with evil

Am I the Sea, or the Wild Sea Beast, [...]? [Jb 7:12]

Footnote in Jerusalem Bible Popular Edition has: in the Babylonian cosmogonies, the Sea (personfifed as Tiamat) was conquered and controlled by one of the gods. In popular imagery influenced by this story, the LORD became the conqueror who held the sea under his control.

cf. Divine battle vs divine speech | Biblical cosmology.

*Destruction of Leviathan*, engraving by Gustave Doré, 1865.

And I saw a beast rising out of the sea [Rv 13:1]

The Explanatory note in the Navarre New Testament Bible Compact Edition has: a beast: This symbolizes the material forces of evil, arrayed against the Church.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. [Rv 21:1]

The Explanatory note from the said Navarre Bible has: Creation will be renewed one day, free from corruption and illumined by God's glory.

Concluding, the new heaven and the new earth are free from evil and corruption.


And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even wind and water, and they obey him?” [Lk 8:25]

If before they feared for their lives on account of the storm, now they were really afraid, 'for [we] have seen God face to face, and yet [our] life is preserved.' [cf. Gn 32:30]

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+1 - Another note to further this is the ancient Hebrew/Canaanite mythology had Lotan/Lawtan/Yam - who either was or had a "pet" that was a seven headed dragon and is the primordial god of chaos, associated with the power of the sea. I find this most interesting considering that we have a seven headed dragon in Revelation as well as a Beast from the Sea, no? –  Jesse Jul 9 at 13:26
I quite like your answer. +1. –  gideon marx Jul 9 at 15:38
I appreciate it @gideonmarx. –  FMS Jul 9 at 18:24
Yes @Jesse, it is interesting. –  FMS Jul 9 at 18:31
Oh, also forgot - Yam (that ancient God of the Sea/Chaos mentioned above) is also thrown down into the sea after one of his seven heads (yes, Yam as a separate entity also had seven heads) is wounded. We see this reflected when the Best of the Sea comes out of the ocean with a wounded head. Gotta love history sometimes. –  Jesse Jul 9 at 18:37

We don't know why God will remove the vast sea in the new Earth. We can only speculate why the sea is removed.

  1. The sea represents chaos and evil.

    But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. (Isaiah 57:20, NIV)

  2. The sea represents death.

    They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die a violent death in the heart of the seas. (Ezekiel 28:8, NIV)

  3. There will be more inhabitable space in the New Earth. In this present earth, seawater covers 70 percent of the Earth's surface. Now we are facing overpopulation problem and the Earth is getting congested. But in the new Earth, 100 percent of the earth will be inhabitable and we will enjoy the vast landscape.

Let me elaborate the last point in detail. Think about all the believers of God from Adam to the Judgement Day, the number of those who enter Heaven will be countless. John saw countless number of the saved in Heaven.

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. (Revelation 7:9, NIV)

With the current Earth with less than 30% inhabitable land, I wonder how it would accommodate this great multitude of saints. Hence, it makes sense to see the sea being removed in the New Earth.

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Please review your answer. 1. is good. 2. is good. 3. is bad - what would an earth without the sea be? Overpopulation? The earth is congested? –  gideon marx Jul 9 at 15:37
@gideonmarx the above is saying that, with more land available (per there being no ocean), that there would be more space for mankind. There will already be a lot of space anyway, since it sounds like the New Jerusalem will only have so many people (because of the Tribulation and Final Judgement), plus being about the size (if the measurements are accurate things) of the entirety of Russia. I thought all points above were good. In 3 Mawia was saying "we" as in us now, not us then. –  Jesse Jul 9 at 19:06
Great answer mawia –  eliyah Jul 9 at 20:00
@gideonmarx I included explanation for my last point. I should have done it earlier. Now do you still think it is bad? –  Mawia Jul 10 at 6:00
Much better. Clap on the back. And +1. –  gideon marx Jul 10 at 7:09

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